Changing from One Organization to Another Organization

HRSA strongly encourages health centers to review the information provided on ambulatory health care accreditation and PCMH recognition for each organization prior to submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) and beginning the application process with the accreditation or recognition organization.


An accredited health center may change its accreditation status with one organization to another organization within this initiative. HRSA considers this change in status as an initial survey, and requires a new NOI.

  • The health center must first notify, in writing, the accreditation or recognition organization (that awarded status to the health center) that the health center is ending its status with that organization before submitting a new NOI to HRSA.
  • After notifying the accreditation or recognition organization, the health center may submit an NOI in the same manner as an initial survey; see Notice of Intent.
  • AAAHC and TJC develop reaccreditation schedules for health center site visits far in advance; they schedule initial surveys on a first come, first served basis.

An already AAAHC or TJC accredited health center may also seek NCQA PCMH recognition.

Next Steps after Accreditation and/or Recognition

HRSA encourages health centers to maintain and improve quality and patient satisfaction, and optimize their health care delivery practices. HRSA provides technical support to help health centers maintain accreditation, PCMH recognition, or both. For more information, review the HRSA Accreditation & PCMH Recognition Webinars.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2018


Accreditation & PCMH Contacts

Please submit your Accreditation and/or Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) requests to the health center APCMH team. To make sure you receive our reply email, add 'BPHCAnswers@hrsa.gov' to your address book.

Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care HRSA exit disclaimer
Mona Sweeney
msweeney@aaahc.org
(847) 324-7487

The Joint Commission HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Pam Komperda
PKomperda@jointcommission.org
(630) 792-5551

NCQA Government Recognition Initiative Program HRSA Exit Disclaimer
(888) 275-7585

More Accreditation & PCMH Recognition

PCMH Resource Center (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)