HFAP is the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care through accreditation standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities.

A brief history

Originally developed in 1945 by the American Osteopathic Association to conduct an objective review of services provided by osteopathic hospitals, HFAP was the nation’s first accreditation option for healthcare organizations.

Since receiving deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for acute care hospitals in 1965, HFAP has added additional CMS approval for critical access hospitals (CAHs), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and clinical laboratories (under CLIA). In addition, HFAP accredits long term acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, ambulatory specialty care/office-based surgery facilities, and physical rehabilitation centers.

In 2006, HFAP launched certification to establish standards and recognize specialty programs within healthcare facilities. We currently offer certification options for stroke, laser/lithotripsy, wound care, joint replacement, and compounding pharmacy.

In 2015, the AOA sought to sell HFAP and entered into an agreement with the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS). The sale and the transfer of deeming authority were discussed with CMS, a process was approved and finalized in early 2017.

A new life at 75

As we celebrate HFAP’s 75th anniversary in 2020, we are building on a legacy of education-based programs that promote safe, high quality patient care across a range of settings through a historic merger.

Effective October 19, 2020, the merger of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and AAHHS, HFAP’s parent company, is the first time that two accrediting organizations with deeming authority from CMS have merged. HFAP will operate as a brand of ACHC, adding its accreditation and certification programs to an existing portfolio of deemed programs for home health, hospice, renal dialysis, home infusion therapy, and DMEPOS.

ACHC has over 30 years of experience promoting safe, quality patient care. As a nationally recognized leader in accreditation, ACHC is known for providing value, integrity, and the industry-leading customer service. The combined resources of the new ACHC will drive innovation, streamline services and create new opportunities for new and existing customers of both previously separate, nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about ACHC programs here.