Healthcare organizations are required to fulfill accreditation and licensing requirements to demonstrate that they can sustain business operations and respond effectively during emergencies.
The Coalition creates programming that supports member organizations in meeting emergency management requirements by:
- Confirming regional participation in letters of support
- Coordinating regional healthcare response planning
- Organizing regional trainings and exercises
- Creating templates and tools
- Providing technical assistance
- Attending site visits
- Creating a forum for peers to share best practices for how to design programs or activities that meet requirements
Joint Commission Accreditation
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Coalition helps hospitals to meet over 50% of Joint Commission Emergency Management Standards. The Coalition – Hospital Joint Commission Standards Crosswalk outlines programming that supports Joint Commission standards for hospital emergency management.
DNV accreditation is an increasingly popular alternative to Joint Commission accreditation. A global, independent organization based in Norway, DNV Inc. was granted deeming authority in 2008 as an accreditation body for U.S. hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS).
Centers for Medicare and Medicare Licensing
CMS oversees compliance with Medicare health and safety standards for hospitals, nursing homes, in-home services organizations, dialysis providers, and other facilities that serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. CMS surveys to grant certifications are conducted by State Survey Agencies.