Use this page to find practical information about the accreditation process or quality healthcare delivery practices. This section also includes links to relevant websites about Acreditas Global and AAAHC.
Note that the inclusion of these links does not represent an endorsement or validation from Acreditas Global or AAAHC.
Business Associate Agreement for HIPPA Compliance
As the accreditation organization chosen by almost 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations, we understand the vital importance of the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI).
Acreditas Global does not maintain, retain, store or transmit any personal health information (PHI). During the Acreditas Global accreditation survey process, any documents containing PHI are reviewed by our survey team on site only to determine compliance with applicable Acreditas Global Standards.
We do, however, meet the description of a business associate as defined by HIPAA. Feel free to either download and print the AAAHC Business Associate Agreement or submit your own form for Acreditas Global review.
Resources for Credentials Verification
The following list of resources has been developed to help organizations identify primary and secondary sources for verifying credentials of health care professionals. If you have any questions regarding primary or secondary source verification, please contact Acreditas Global.
Primary Source Verification:
Primary Source Verification is documented verification by an entity that issued a credential, such as a medical school or residency program, indicating that an individual’s statement of possession of a credential is true. Verification can be done by mail, fax, telephone, or electronically, provided the means by which it is obtained are documented and measures are taken to demonstrate there was no interference in the communication by an outside party.
Secondary Source Verification:
Acceptable secondary source verification is documented verification of a credential through obtaining a verification report from an entity listed below as acceptable on the basis of that entity having performed the primary source verification. Information received from any of these sources must meet the same transmission and documentation requirements as outlined above for primary sources
Another health care organization, such as a hospital or group practice, that has carried out primary source or acceptable secondary source verification, provided it supplies directly, without transmission or involvement by the applicant or other third party, original documents or photocopies of the verification reports it has relied upon. A statement that it has performed verification is not sufficient.
Documents, diplomas, certificates or transcripts provided directly by the applicant rather than by the primary or secondary source are not acceptable.
The following are a few internet resources for verification of credentials:
- American Medical Association Physician Master Profile
- Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
- American Association of Dental Examiners
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- Association of American Medical Colleges
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- Federation of State Medical Boards
- American Osteopathic Association
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- American Board of Medical Specialties
- American Dental Association (Specialty Boards Recognized by ADA)
- American Podiatric Medical Association (Specialty Boards Recognized by the AMPA)
- American Osteopathic Information Association
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
- Educational Comission for Foreign Medical Graduates
- National Comission on Certification of Physician Assistants
CVO Reports, provided requirements of Standard 2.II.B-4 are met.