OSLO: DNV’s innovative NIAHO accreditation program has passed the rigorous evaluation process, and the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced its approval of DNV Healthcare Inc. to become a new hospital accreditation organization. This is the first new hospital accreditation organization in more than 40 years.
DNV’s hospital accreditation program has met all CMS requirements to deem hospitals in compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The program is called NIAHOSM (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations) and has been successfully implemented in multiple hospitals across the US demonstrating its effectiveness as well as DNV’s readiness to deliver it on a broad scale.
“The World Health Organization is actively promoting the concept of accreditation for all hospitals,” says Yehuda Dror, president of DNV Healthcare Inc. “The optimum solution, we believe, will provide a clear foundation of best practices but also allow for local innovation. That is precisely the design of our new NIAHOSM program. Now hospitals can choose to integrate proven quality systems into an annual accreditation process that is less complicated to administer,” he continues.
The new hospital accreditation program encourages innovation within individual hospitals while helping them take advantage of system-wide best practices. It is the first hospital accreditation program in the United States that integrates the internationally recognized ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation, making it the first and only hospital accreditation program that requires continual quality improvement.
As part of the development of the program DNV has cultivated highly-motivated field surveyors. Working in tight-knit teams comprised of clinicians, generalists and life safety specialists, DNV NIAHOSM surveyors will visit hospitals annually to ensure progress and help hospitals meet their quality goals. In addition, all DNV surveyors have been cross-trained as ISO 9001 lead auditors.
“It’s not just their surveying skills, it’s their collaborative approach that makes the difference,” says Mr Dror. “Accreditation surveys in the past have become somewhat combative. We have shown that surveyors can be collaborative and still hold hospitals accountable. We are confident that hospitals will find DNV accreditation teams to be a welcomed change from what they’re used to.”