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DNV GL Healthcare has applied to become the second accreditation organization in the United States to accredit psychiatric hospitals to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program.
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MILFORD, Ohio, August 2, 2018 – DNV GL Healthcare has applied to become the second accreditation organization in the United States to accredit psychiatric hospitals to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  program.

Psychiatric hospitals must not only meet the same requirements as acute care hospitals to satisfy the Conditions of Participation mandated by (CMS), but must also meet special requirements pertaining to the delivery of psychiatric services, medical record requirements for psychiatric hospitals, and special staff requirements for psychiatric hospitals.

“We expect to have deeming authority for psychiatric hospitals no later than the first quarter of 2019,” said Patrick Horine, President of DNV GL Healthcare. “Having deeming authority will give psychiatric hospitals not only a choice of accrediting bodies, but an opportunity to establish a collaborative relationship with DNV GL that will lead to a higher quality of care and improved outcomes.”

In order to receive deeming authority from CMS, DNV GL- Healthcare must first conduct five demonstration surveys free of charge, and a sixth observation survey with CMS officials observing. Two surveys have been conducted to date, with a third scheduled. DNV GL- Healthcare is seeking two more psychiatric hospitals to perform on-site demonstration surveys.

Participation in the demonstration survey process offers the psychiatric hospital the opportunity to:

·         Receive an onsite audit of their psychiatric hospital without cost to the organization

·         Validate current practice

·         Identify opportunities for improvement

·         Gain exposure to the NIAHO® integrated accreditation process

If your psychiatric hospital is interested in participating in the DNV GL- HC demonstration survey process, please contact our Director of Program Development, Maureen Washburn, at 513-609-1292 or maureen.washburn@dnvgl.com.

As the nation’s second-largest healthcare accreditation body, Gary Davis, DNV GL Business Assurance North American Regional Manager, 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 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 nearly 500 hospitals in 49 states.