Qualified hospital

Qualified hospital means a facility that -
(a) Is primarily engaged in providing, by or under the supervision of doctors of medicine or osteopathy, inpatient services for the diagnosis, treatment, and care or rehabilitation of persons who are sick, injured, or disabled;
(b) Is not primarily engaged in providing skilled nursing care and related services for inpatients who require medical or nursing care;
(c) Provides 24-hour nursing service in accordance with Sec. 1861(e)(5) of the Act;
(d) If it is a U.S. hospital, is licensed, or approved as meeting the standards for licensing, by the State or local licensing agency; and
(e) If it is a foreign hospital, is licensed, or approved as meeting the standard for licensing, by the appropriate foreign licensing agency, and for purposes of furnishing nonemergency services to U.S. residents, is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), or by a foreign program under standards that CMS finds to be equivalent to those of JCAHO.


42 CFR § 409.3

Scoping language

As used in this part, unless the context indicates otherwise -

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