Acute care hospitals can choose between HFAP or state licensing inspections

 (Chicago) March 21, 2019 – HFAP, America’s original healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, was recently approved to accredit acute care hospitals in Indiana in lieu of annual licensure inspection. Any acute care hospital in the state that is accredited by HFAP will be exempt from annual state licensing inspection during its term of accreditation.

HFAP already has deeming authority for acute care hospitals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), allowing the accrediting organization to conduct accreditation surveys and assess compliance with the Medicare Conditions for Coverage for acute care hospitals nationwide. HFAP also holds deeming authority for ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and critical access hospitals; and offers certification programs for stroke ready, primary and comprehensive stroke centers; joint arthroplasty, lithotripsy services and wound care centers.

“To meet our rigorous standards, HFAP prides itself in working collaboratively with healthcare organizations to communicate the intent behind the requirements and integrate best practices into the daily delivery of care,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS/HFAP. “This educational approach empowers organizations to ask questions and develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance well beyond the accreditation survey. We are excited to work alongside the Indiana State Health Department to help all acute care hospitals in the state demonstrate their commitment to patient safety and quality improvement.”