It's Official: TJC Has Deemed Status for Psychiatric Hospitals
Effective February 25, 2011, The Joint Commission has been granted deeming authority by CMS for the special conditions of participation (CoPs) that apply to psychiatric hospitals.
TJC previously had deeming authority from CMS for the Hospital Accreditation Program. This meant that hospitals accredited by TJC were deemed to have met Medicare and Medicaid certification requirements. However, TJC did not have deeming authority for the CMS special CoPs for psychiatric hospitals. These relate to special requirements for Medical Records (482.61) and Staffing (482.62.) Thus, Joint Commission accredited psychiatric hospitals were still subject to CMS surveys for these special CoPs in addition to their triennial Joint Commission survey.
Based on the deeming authority for psychiatric hospitals that CMS has granted to TJC, these special condition surveys will no longer be required for psychiatric hospitals that are Joint Commission accredited.
For the official notice in the Federal Register regarding CMS granting this new deeming authority to TJC, click on Federal Register Notice.
Is there any action we need to take as a TJC accredited psychiatric hospital to take advantage of TJC's new deeming authority for the special CoPs?
Yes. You must notify both TJC and CMS that you wish to use TJC's deeming authority for the special CoPs for psychiatric hospitals.
- Contact your assigned account executive at TJC and advise him/her that you wish to use TJC's deeming authority for the special CoPs for your psychiatric hospital.
- Contact both your CMS Regional Office and the State Survey Agency with the same message.
Note: The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) has been instrumental in working with TJC and CMS on the deeming authority for psychiatric hospitals. Organizations who are members of NAPHS can obtain additional information on this topic through NAPHS (www.naphs.org).