The 2018 Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care Standards went into effect for surveys that begin on or after March 1, 2018. While there are only minimal changes to the content of the Standards, AAAHC reformatted its existing Standards to better demonstrate their intended meaning and simplify the self-assessment and survey processes.
The Accreditation Handbook for Medicare Deemed Status Surveys was not updated for 2018. Use the 2017-18 Accreditation Handbook for Medicare Deemed Status Surveys released in November 2017.
There is no new 2018 handbook for office-based surgery.
The 2018 Accreditation Handbooks for Health Plans and FEHB Health Plans were issued in January 2018 and are effective for surveys beginning in June 2018.