Adverse Action Policy

Adverse action is revocation or denial of accreditation by the Accreditation Commission. 

The Commission revokes accreditation when a provider no longer meets one or more of AAQEP’s standards as shown by evidence contained in complaints, Annual Reports, special audits, and/or accreditation reviews. Adverse action (revocation of accreditation status) may be taken as part of the decision meeting at the conclusion of a provider’s regular review cycle, or when a provider with probationary accreditation fails to present documentation sufficient to remove a condition prior to the second anniversary of the citation.

Adverse action (revocation of accreditation status) may also be taken for failure to pay dues and fees or to otherwise comply with the obligations of membership in AAQEP. In these cases outside the usual cycle of review, the procedure for adverse action is the same as that used for complaints against members except that AAQEP itself is bringing the complaint (see Step 3 of the Complaint Policy). The question to be considered in a revocation proceeding is whether to withdraw the program’s accreditation status. The Commission’s decision is subject to appeal (see Appeals Policy).

In cases of adverse action, the provider is notified that it may issue a comment to be posted with the accreditation decision. The program’s comment will be posted along with the Accreditation Action Report within 30 days of the decision or within 10 days of receipt of the comment by AAQEP.

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