Switching to HFAP isn’t difficult. Our dedicated on-boarding staff will work with you to ensure an efficient process. Call 312.920.7383 or email Christopher Cox to get started.

If you are new to HFAP, an ideal timeline starts with an application submitted at least six months prior to the expiration date of your current accreditation.

Switching deemed status from another AO

If your current accreditation is due to expire soon, here is how to keep your facility in compliance:

  • Notify your current accreditation organization (AO) as soon as the decision to switch has been made.
  • Work out a plan with your current AO for an orderly transition. In the event that your current AO immediately withdraws its accreditation, don’t panic! Your Medicare provider agreement remains in effect. Here’s what that looks like:
    • The current AO will notify the CMS Central Office and applicable Regional Office that it has withdrawn its accreditation and the effective date of that withdrawal.
    • If termination of existing accreditation will NOT be concurrent with a new recommendation from HFAP for accreditation with deemed status, your facility will be placed under State Survey Agency jurisdiction until the CMS Central and Regional Offices receive and approve the new recommendation.
    • If withdrawal of accreditation by the current AO IS concurrent with a new recommendation from HFAP for deemed status accreditation then your organization will experience no transfer to State Survey Agency jurisdiction.
    • Regardless of whether the concurrent or non-concurrent transition to HFAP, there is no interruption in the Medicare provider agreement and no break in Medicare reimbursement.