Healthcare quality firm TÜV Healthcare Specialists (TÜVHS; Cincinnati) said that its application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS; Baltimore) for deeming authority has been published in the Federal Register.

The company said a CMS request for public comments in the Federal Register is a key administrative milestone in the months-long process to achieve CMS hospital deeming authority for Medicare. The company completed its formal application for deeming authority in December.

If granted deeming authority, TÜVHS will become the first new option for CMS hospital accreditation in 40 years, and the only service to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System into the accreditation process, the company said.

TÜVHS is a subsidiary of the international quality management and product testing company TÜV America (Danvers, Massachusetts).

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