UH facilities are accredited by the following 3 main agencies. Nursing and other clinical specialties must also meet strenuous requirements/standards of accreditation related to their specific functions.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital survey process is part of the hospital provider’s agreement for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. CMS develops Conditions of Participation and Conditions for Coverage which are the foundation for improving quality and protecting the health and safety of beneficiaries. Health care organizations must meet these standards in order to begin and continue participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the recognized global leader for health care accreditation. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization that offers unbiased assessment of quality achievement in patient care and safety. For over 65 years, the Joint Commission has shaped best practices and established state-of-the-art standards that raise the bar on performance. Its comprehensive accreditation process evaluates an organization’s compliance with these standards and other accreditation requirements. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Ohio Department of Health. The purpose of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing disease, promoting good health and assuring access to quality health care. The Ohio Department of Health conducts on-site surveys of health care facilities that request state licensing.