The Acute Care Hospital program serves general acute care, specialty hospitals, and long term acute care hospitals (LTACH).

The CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) are embedded within our standards and referenced in the manual by their Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) identifier. Additional standards address issues related to patient safety and quality of care.

A hospital seeking deemed status that is awarded accreditation is also recommended for approval to participate (or continue participation) in Medicare. A hospital seeking accreditation only will be evaluated on the same set of standards but the survey and its results will not be reported to Medicare. Some organizations pursue accreditation without deemed status to prepare for State inspection and others maintain multiple accreditations as a competitive strategy (but can only be recognized as  “deemed” by one accrediting organization).