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Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional delivery network and a leader in values based, not-for-profit health and elder care. We sponsor hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences and other health and elder care organizations throughout New England.

DNV GL- Healthcare Accreditation

DNV GL- Healthcare is an operating company of DNV GL. The corporate purpose of DNV GL is safeguarding life, property, and the environment.

DNV GL has a worldwide reputation for quality and integrity in certification, standards development and risk management in a wide range of industries, including extensive international healthcare experience. On September 26, 2008 the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approved DNV GL- Healthcare by granting it deeming authority for hospitals. Any hospitals accredited by DNV GL- Healthcare after that date is deemed to be in compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

By earning accreditation, St. Joseph Hospital has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL's accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety. The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward.

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Understanding NIAHO

NIAHO® is the acronym for the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations. NIAHO® is the name of the DNV GL- Healthcare's hospital accreditation program. The NIAHO® standards integrate requirements based on the CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs) with the internationally recognized ISO 9001 Standard for the formation and implementation of the Quality Management System. ISO 9001 is the infrastructure of quality that infiltrates every aspect of your organization - it enables an organization to reach maximum effectiveness and efficiency in its processes that leads to improved outcomes, both clinically and financially. These two sets of standards form the basis of DNV GL- Healthcare's revolutionary Integrated Accreditation concept in NIAHO®


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