Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care | Standards and Policy Updates

Standards and 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.

Standards changes for 2018

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.

Office-based surgery

There is no new 2018 handbook for office-based surgery. 

Health Plans 2018

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.


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