Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) of the American Osteopathic Association has been providing medical facilities with an objective review of their services since 1945. The program is recognized nationally by the federal government, state governments, insurance carriers and managed care organizations.
The AOA has been accrediting healthcare facilities for over 40 years under Medicare. It is one of only two voluntary accreditation programs in the United States authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly HCFA, to survey hospitals under Medicare. In addition, the program is a cost-effective, user-friendly means to validate the quality of care provided by a facility.
The AOA program has been granted "Deeming Authority" to conduct accreditation surveys of acute care hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This means that a hospital accredited by the AOA is deemed to comply with the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals as published by CMS.
The AOA program has been granted "Deeming Authority" from CMS to survey hospital laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.
The AOA has also developed accreditation requirements for ambulatory care/surgery, mental health, substance abuse, and physical rehabilitation medicine facilities.
The program is a recognized alternative to accreditation by CMS or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The laboratory accreditation program is a recognized alternative to accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) or JCAHO. According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, "NCQA does not require managed care organizations (MCOs) to accept specific accrediting bodies. An MCOmakes the final determination about which accrediting bodies are acceptable." An MCO can decide to accept the AOA as their preferred accrediting agency.