Links and Resources
Scroll down to the link for the "State Operations Manual" which is the surveyors' interpretive guidelines. Hospitals use Appendix A of that manual.
CMS' website is the ONLY approved source of current Conditions of Participation. Several commercial companies publish the CoP and their interpretive guidelines, but the authoritative source is CMS.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
CIHQ is a CMS approved deeming authority for acute care hospitals. Our accreditation program is designed to assure that hospitals comply with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and improve the quality of care, treatment, and service in their communities.
In addition to accrediting healthcare organizations, CIHQ offers the HACP certification program.
The Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program (HACP) is the only national
professional credential solely dedicated to demonstrating competency
in the CMS survey and certification process.
National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
NAHQ provides education, leadership development opportunities, and products to support quality professionals.
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management.
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
Established in 1980, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) with nearly 6,000 members representing risk management, patient safety, insurance, law, finance and other related professions.
ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading healthcare organizations and government agencies. ASHRM initiatives focus on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices, the preservation of financial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of "HIM knowledge," a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.
Founded in 1928 to improve health record quality, AHIMA has played a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public..
National Committee on Quality Assurance
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda. - See more at: http://www.ncqa.org/about-ncqa#sthash.3hKWZoSW.dpuf.