Accrediting organizations (AOs) are third-party organizations contracted and recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to confer a healthcare facility’s deemed status through a compliance verification survey process. In other words, they perform hospital surveys for CMS to determine hospital accreditation.
Major AOs Include:
- The Joint Commission (TJC)
- Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ)
Check out the full list of CMS Accrediting Organizations here