Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

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The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping healthcare organizations maintain the highest standards in patient care and comply with ever-changing government regulations and a constantly evolving healthcare environment.[1] Headquartered in Chicago, HFAP is a nationally recognized accreditation organization with deeming authority from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).[1] HFAP provides accreditation programs for hospitals, clinical laboratories, ambulatory surgical centers / office based surgery (OBS), and critical access hospitals. In addition, HFAP accredits mental health and physical rehabilitation facilities and provides certification for primary stroke centers.[2] HFAP is a program of the American Osteopathic Association,[3] a medical organization representing osteopathic physicians (D.O.).


HFAP was conceived in 1943 and began surveying hospitals in 1945.[3] Initially HFAP provided osteopathic hospitals with an opportunity to be accredited and to ensure that osteopathic residents received training in facilities providing high quality patient care. In the mid-1960s, the United States Congress decided that accredited hospitals would be deemed to meet the conditions of participation and thus could automatically participate in the newly established Medicare and Medicaid programs. HFAP quickly applied for and was granted deeming status[4] in 1965.[5] By 2012, HFAP accredited about 214 hospitals in the US.[5]

Mission and goals[edit]

HFAP's mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. The HFAP goal is to continue to help healthcare facilities deliver high quality patient care through the application of its consistent standards while continuing to streamline and improve its survey processes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "NAMSS, Synergy, The Big Three: A Side by Side Matrix Comparing Hospital Accrediting Agencies". 
  2. ^ "HFAP Mission". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Accreditation". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "NAMSS, Synergy, The Quiet Accreditor, May/June 2007". 
  5. ^ a b Kenney, Lynn. "Hospital accrediting organizations offer different approaches to the survey process". American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association. 

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