Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and Coverage.
Originally created in 1945 to conduct an objective review of services provided by
osteopathic hospitals, HFAP has maintained its deeming authority continuously
since the inception of CMS in 1965 and meets or exceeds the standards
required by CMS/Medicare to provide accreditation to all hospitals, ambulatory care/surgical
facilities, mental health facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, clinical
laboratories and critical access hospitals. HFAP also provides certification reviews for Primary Stroke Centers.
HFAP's surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range
of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic
The HFAP Difference
HFAP is user friendly
- Our standards manual is clear and easy to read, and our accreditation requirements
are clearly tied to the corresponding Medicare Conditions of Participation.
- Successful accreditation is based on the facility’s ability to correct deficiencies
so there is no downside to discovery of issues during the survey
HFAP is educationally focused
- Our surveyors are experienced health care professionals who understand
the many complexities of a health care facility and help make the survey process
more realistic and educational.
- If a deficiency is identified, our surveyors are able to draw from
their experience and offer practical solutions, usually on the spot.
HFAP is cost effective
- The fee for HFAP accreditation is straightforward and because our
standards are so clearly written, additional consultations and workshops are
available, but not required.
- HFAP accreditation also is recognized by the federal government, state departments
of public health, insurance carriers and managed care organizations.
Learn more about accreditation by HFAP