Harris Health System Earns Accreditation From DNV Healthcare

Harris Health System announces that it has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. DNV’s NIAHOR accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

“The DNV program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” says David S. Lopez, president and CEO, Harris Health System. “The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality disciplines with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward.”

DNV accreditation addresses the demands of today’s healthcare systems dedicated to patient-centered care. As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Harris Health annually instead of every three years as was done previously, to monitor the adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS, and to evaluate processes that affect patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital.

Being accredited by DNV allows Harris Health to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The DNV NIAHOR accreditation program was authorized by CMS in 2008 and today DNV provides not only hospital accreditation but also Primary Stroke Center Certification. Harris Health has three years to ensure its compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standards in order to maintain its accreditation with DNV.