Accreditation

Longtime accrediting organization to keep its name, continue to expand

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, June 1, 2018

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  The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program—also commonly known as HFAP—will be keeping its name. The longtime accrediting organization had originally planned to take the name of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), which acquired HFAP in 2015 from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

AAHHS is a nonprofit organization focused on quality and safety in healthcare and has been acting in a management capacity for existing HFAP accreditation programs since the merger. According to HFAP media representative Mary Velan, to avoid the alphabet soup of switching from AOA/HFAP to AAHHS/HFAP, they plan to simplify by going forward as HFAP. 

"We had considered a name change, but HFAP has over 70 years of history behind its accreditation programs, and we want our current and future customers to know that the practical, educational approach that is what HFAP delivers remains unchanged," she said. 

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