DNV establishes US presence in hospital accreditation

 

DNV healthcare in the US is a division of DNV of Oslo, Norway, an independent foundation with 300 offices in 100 different countries.  The group aims to target other countries including Brazil, India, Thailand, and the Czech Republic.  DNV Healthcare offers an approach to accreditation that focuses on quality, innovation and continual improvement, embracing multi-hospital systems, community hospitals, major teaching institutions and regional medical centers. DNV Accreditation requires an annual survey and the organization’s continual compliance with the DNV accreditation process. DNV Healthcare offers the only Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved accreditation program that integrates the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

IASIS Healthcare has received DNV accreditation for all sixteen of its hospitals. Patty Scott of IASIS says,"DNV accreditation is strategically aligned with our goals for patient safety and medical outcomes. In addition to taking a best practices approach to hospital surveys, DNV's accreditation framework fits well with the Hospital Medical Management and Quality Program (HMMQP) already in place at IASIS hospitals."

A key factor in the DNV process is a successful partnership between the accrediting body and the hospital. Instead of merely dictating standard policies and templates that may not be the best measurement and reporting tools for all hospitals, DNV guides its hospitals through an improvement process that enables hospitals to customize programmes that work best for them. In 2008, DNV Healthcare became the first organization in more than 40 years to be approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to accredit hospitals.

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