Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey hospitals for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and Coverage.
Originally created in 1945 to conduct an objective review of services provided by hospitals, HFAP has maintained its certification authority continuously since the inception of CMS in 1965 and meets or exceeds the standards required by CMS.
In addition to this authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HFAP also is recognized by:
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- State departments of public health
- Managed care organizations
- Insurance companies