CIHQ Approved as Accrediting Organization for Acute Care Hospitals

Recently, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced approval of the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (“CIHQ”) as the nation’s newest accreditation provider for acute care hospitals.  Generally, hospitals must meet certain conditions to participate in the Medicare Program.  One of those requirements include ongoing State surveys; however hospitals also have the option of certification by a recognized accreditation program.

This past spring CIHQ requested approval for its hospital accreditation program.  The approval process included onsite administrative reviews of CIHQ.  This new accreditation provides additional options for acute care and critical-access hospitals.  Currently, accreditation providers include both the Joint Commission and DNV Healthcare, Inc.
If you have any questions about CIHQ or the accreditation process for hospitals, please feel free to contact Susan E. Ziel at (317) 238-6244 or Alex T. Krouse at (574)485-2003.