MILFORD, Ohio, August 17, 2018 - The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed and extended the deeming authority of DNV GL Healthcare until the third quarter of 2022.
“With the U.S. House of Representatives looking more closely at CMS and the accreditation process, the increased intensity of this process for demonstrating our accountability was expected and welcomed,” said Patrick Horine, president of DNV GL Healthcare. “Just as we expect of our accredited hospitals, we too must demonstrate that we utilize effective processes. The breadth and depth of the CMS review is absolutely necessary as we continue growing at such a rapid pace. “We appreciated the opportunity to discuss with CMS much of what we encounter while conducting hospital surveys, including various aspects of the process we would like to change and how this impacts our hospitals. I can’t help but boast about our staff and surveyors doing such an outstanding job to make a difference in improving patient care.”
The deeming authority allows DNV GL to accredit hospitals to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the two largest revenue streams for hospitals and other healthcare providers in the United States. The deeming authority extension and renewal required extensive meetings between CMS and DNV GL officials, including an onsite visit to DNV GL’s U.S. headquarters to evaluate its staffing and resources.
DNV GL first received its deeming authority from CMS in 2008. It accredited its 500th U.S. hospital earlier this year.
“The result of this process is yet again validation that DNV GL Healthcare is meeting the expectations of CMS with the services provide for compliance, quality outcomes and patient safety demonstrated by our customers,” said Gary Davis, Regional Manager, DNV GL Business Assurance North American. “I am quite proud of our team in what they have accomplished to develop such an effective program and the relationships they have built with the customers is incredible. We hold hospitals accountable providing for competent staff, consistency of processes and good outcomes.”
As the nation’s second-largest healthcare accreditation body, Davis cites its “kinder and gentler” approach and its year-round partnership strategy as some of the keys to successfully accrediting hospitals and boosting quality improvement at a rate of 20% growth year over year.
The majority of hospitals choose accreditation in order to be certified by CMS to receive federal funds and reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Hundreds of hospitals across the United States have switched to DNV GL Healthcare over the past decade. The organization accredits more than 500 hospitals in 49 states.