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By completing the form at the left, your practice agrees to abide by the terms and conditions set forth herein.
Terms and conditions
Practices pursuing AAHA accreditation must agree to complete the following prerequisites.
By terms of this agreement, your practice understands and agrees that in order to be considered for AAHA accreditation, it must first:
- Answer the “rule-out” questions in AAHA’s free self-evaluation tool to customize the AAHA Standards of Accreditation to your practice.
- Access AAHA’s self-evaluation tool and comply with or be capable of complying with all of AAHA’s mandatory standards. Contact the accreditation team at 800-252-2242 or [email protected] with questions at any time.
- AAHA recommends each practice review the accreditation “how to” resources, assign team members specific sections of the AAHA standards, and assign goals, including accountability and timelines. After the initial review, the practice can decide if accreditation is still a goal and if so, commit to completing the process.
Fees and scheduling
- To become preaccredited, the practice must complete the accreditation application agreement and pay a one-time preaccreditation application fee of $675. In the future, your annual membership dues will include subsequent evaluations costs. This means when our practice consultant returns in two years, and subsequently every three years, there is no out-of-pocket cost to the practice in addition to yearly dues.
- Once the accreditation application has been submitted to AAHA, the practice will be provided with a preaccredited team membership, valid for six (6) months, or until the date of your evaluation, whichever is sooner. Upon successfully completing an evaluation, the practice will be invoiced for the prorated amount of accredited member yearly dues.
- Upon receipt of this agreement, the practice and AAHA will establish an onsite evaluation date. Practices seeking AAHA accreditation will be given a minimum of ninety (90) days’ notice of evaluation. Once the time and date of the evaluation have been established, the evaluation must proceed as scheduled. The geographic distribution of members and practice consultant evaluation and travel schedules preclude changes. In the event that the medical director is unable to be present at the appointed date and time, the medical director should select a member of his or her team to serve as the practice’s representative.
- Complete AAHA’s evaluation tool at least two weeks prior to your scheduled evaluation date.
- The mutually agreed upon onsite evaluation date may be changed one time without penalty if the change request is made at least 90 days prior to the scheduled evaluation date.
- If the practice requests an onsite evaluation date change or cancels this agreement between 61 and 90 days prior to the onsite evaluation visit, the practice will forfeit $200 of the preaccreditation application fee. The fee may be waived if a complimentary, courtesy call walkthrough can be conducted on the previously scheduled evaluation date.
- If the practice requests an onsite evaluation date change or cancels this agreement between 31 and 60 days prior to the onsite evaluation visit and will not allow the practice consultant to conduct a courtesy call walkthrough, the practice will forfeit $400 of the preaccreditation application fee. The fee may be waived if a complimentary, courtesy call walkthrough can be conducted on the previously scheduled evaluation date.
- Cancellations between 1 and 30 days prior to the onsite evaluation visit will be reviewed by AAHA and considered on a case-by-case basis. If AAHA determines the cancellation is not justifiable, the practice will forfeit the entire accreditation application fee and the accreditation process will be terminated.
If the practice is awarded accreditation, the practice agrees to abide by the AAHA bylaws, standards, policies, and procedures as they may change from time to time. Additionally, the practice shall execute such documents as required from time to time to be an AAHA accredited member, including but not limited to a licensing agreement for the use of the AAHA accredited logo and trademark, and other such documents as determined by AAHA in its sole discretion.
Accreditation is awarded based on the practice passing all mandatory standards and achieving and/or exceeding a predetermined percentage in each section of the standards of accreditation. The goal of continuous improvement dictates ongoing changes to standards and percentages based on approval by AAHA’s Board of Directors.
Terms and termination
This agreement shall commence on the preaccreditation application date and shall continue for a period of six (6) months. If the practice has not completed its initial accreditation visit by the end of this period and is not pursuing accreditation based on an extended date approved by AAHA, the agreement will terminate. If the practice wishes to pursue accreditation at a future time, the process must be reinitiated and the practice must complete a new AAHA preaccredited application agreement and pay the current application fee.