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Standards & Policy Updates

AAAHC regularly reviews its policies, procedures, and Standards to determine whether revisions are necessary. Please review the content below for the changes relevant to your organization.

Non-Medicare Deemed Status

Standards and policies in the 2018 Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care remain in effect.

Medicare Deemed Status

The Standards in the 2017-18 Accreditation Handbook for Deemed Status Surveys have been updated to reflect recent changes to the CMS Conditions for Coverage (CfC) at 42 CFR § 416.41(b) regarding hospital transfer agreements and physicians with admitting privileges, 42 CFR § 416.52(a)(1) regarding the pre-surgical history and physical (H&P), and 42 CFR § 416.54(a), (b), (c) and (d) regarding emergency preparedness plans and drills. AAAHC Standards for the Medicare Deemed Status program are required to meet the CfC, but AAAHC may also choose to exceed them.

For your convenience, we have developed a brief summary outlining the changes and effective date after which these revised Standards will be integrated into AAAHC Medicare Deemed Status surveys. To review the addendum to the 2017-18 Accreditation Handbook for Deemed Status Surveys, please click here.

To view the client communication regarding revised CfC requirements, click here.

These revisions are effective for Deemed Status surveys occurring April 13, 2020 or later. If you have questions about the revised Standards, please contact

Health Plans 2018

The 2018 Accreditation Handbooks for Health Plans and FEHB Health Plans were issued in January 2018, went into effect for surveys beginning in June 2018, and remain in effect until further notice.

Advanced Orthopedic Certification

For information regarding the current Standards for Advanced Orthopedic Certification, click here.

If you have questions regarding these changes, contact Accreditation Services at 847.853.6060.