Corporate Quality Alliance (CQA) Program

The AAAHC Corporate Quality Alliance (CQA) program serves business entities that own or manage five or more ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The program is designed to meet the accreditation needs of the individual centers and provide added value to the corporate parent.

This program is designed to:

  • Enhance the value of the accreditation experience by providing consistency, service and data
  • Streamline the accreditation process
  • Strengthen the relationship between AAAHC and corporate organizations 

The program offers three tiers of membership based on the number of AAAHC-accredited ASCs owned or managed by the corporate parent. ASCs may be a mix of those seeking AAAHC accreditation with or without Medicare deemed status. 

Program Eligibility

Tier 1

Open to organizations with 100 or more ASCs to be accredited. Benefits include a 20–22% discount on surveys and cohort of at least 10 dedicated surveyors. There are two subsets within this tier. Tier 1 organizations are offered an annual report presented on-site at which survey data is shared to highlight strengths and opportunities across centers within the organization. Additionally, this report benchmarks the group against all other ASCs and all other CQA members. The report is presented by AAAHC staff and members of the surveyor cadre may be present to provide added context and specific observations.

Tier 2 

Open to organizations with 50–99 ASCs to beaccredited. Benefits include a 10–15% discount on surveys and a cohort of 6–8 dedicated surveyors. There are two subsets within this tier. Tier 2 organizations with 75 or more AAAHC-accredited ASCs are offered an on-site annual report. The annual report for those with 50-74 accredited ASCs, is presented online; in both presentations survey data is shared to highlight strengths and opportunities across sites within the organization. This report benchmarks the group against all other ASCs and all other CQA members. The report is presented by AAAHC staff and members of the surveyor cadre may be present to provided added context and specific observations. 

Tier 3

Open to organizations with 5-49 ASCs to beaccredited. Benefits include a 2.5–7.5% discount on surveys and a cohort of CQA-trained and privileged surveyors. There are three levels within this tier.

CQA Tiers at a Glance

Tiers at a glance


Email Vikas Bhala, MPH, MBA, Assistant Director, Client Relations or call 847-853-8745 for more information.

CQA Member Benefits

  • Discounts on survey fees
  • Discounts on educational offerings
  • Discounts on QI benchmarking studies
  • Fast track scheduling for initial surveys
  • Dedicated cadre of surveyors
  • Dedicated team-based account managers
  • Actionable data

Access the full CQA Program Brochure here.