Acute Care Hospital Program
The Acute Care Hospital program serves all acute care facilities; that is, general
acute care, specialty hospitals and long term acute care hospitals (LTACH).
The standards are set up in such a way that they are easy to read and understand.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation
(CoP) are embedded within the HFAP standards, along with additional standards covering
patient safety and quality of care. A hospital accredited by HFAP is deemed to meet
all Medicare requirements for hospitals (except the requirements for Utilization
Review which the State agencies have jurisdiction over, and the special conditions
for psychiatric hospitals.)