CMS Recognizes Joint Commission Accreditation for Clinical Laboratories
MedSun: Newsletter #13, March 2007
On February 26, 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted the Joint Commission continued deeming authority under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). The CMS designation means that laboratories accredited by The Joint Commission are deemed as meeting both CLIA and Medicare certification requirements. CMS found that Joint Commission standards for laboratories are equal to, or more stringent than, the CLIA condition-level requirements. The Joint Commission began evaluating laboratory services in 1979, and since 1995, clinical laboratories surveyed using Joint Commission standards have been judged by CMS as meeting or exceeding CLIA requirements. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 2,000 organizations with laboratory services, including approximately 3,300 CLIA-certified laboratory sites, providing an assessment of a laboratory’s compliance with state-of-the-art standards.
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