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Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest quality care to patients with diseases of the breast. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards.

Centers Seeking Initial Accreditation

Breast disease centers seeking accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) can apply using the NAPBC Center Portal.

All centers seeking accreditation for the first time are required to submit a pre-application. To access the pre-application, click the “Click Here to Register a New Center” link on the NAPBC Center Portal login page. The primary contact listed on your pre-application will be notified of approval/additional information required within thirty (30) days of submission of your pre-application.

The accreditation process for initial applicants:

Pre-Application
  • Review NAPBC Standards Manual to determine eligibility for NAPBC accreditation
  • Submit online pre-application
  • Review and apply an electronic signature to the Business Associate Agreement, as required for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Primary contact listed on your pre-application will be notified of approval/additional information required within 30 days of submission

Survey Application Record (SAR)

  • Pre-application is accepted
  • Log into the NAPBC Center Portal and complete the Center Profile
  • Complete and submit the SAR 30 days prior to site visit date

Site Visit

  • Center is assigned a surveyor upon approval of the pre-application
  • Center works directly with surveyor to schedule a mutually agreed upon site visit date
  • Center must complete the site visit within six (6) months of pre-application approval date

Award

  • Center is notified of accreditation award decision and receives the Performance Report approximately 45 days following the site visit
  • The accreditation date will be documented as the site visit date
  • If center is accredited for a 3-year term, continued accreditation must be maintained by submission of annual compliance attestation and payment of annual accreditation fee

If you have not already done so, please review the NAPBC Standards Manual currently in effect before proceeding with your pre-application. The NAPBC Standards Manual is available for purchase or may be downloaded.

Reaccreditation Process

The reaccreditation site visit process:


Survey Application Record (SAR)
  • Review NAPBC Standards Manual currently in effect
  • Contacts listed in the NAPBC Center Portal are notified via email that the center is due for survey
  • Log into the NAPBC Center Portal to
    • Submit proposed site visit dates
    • Review/Edit/Confirm Center Profile data
  • SAR is issued four (4) months prior to the accreditation end date
  • Complete and submit the SAR 30 days prior to site visit date

Site Visit

  • Center is assigned a surveyor
  • Site visit date is selected from proposed dates in NAPBC Center Portal (see above)
  • Center must complete site visit 30 days prior to the current accreditation end date listed in the NAPBC Center Portal

Award

  • Center is notified of accreditation award decision and receives the Performance Report approximately 45 days following the site visit
  • If center is reaccredited for a 3-year term, continued accreditation must be maintained by submission of annual compliance attestation and payment of annual accreditation fee

Accreditation Maintenance

NAPBC-accredited centers are required to maintain continued accreditation by:

  1. Paying an annual accreditation fee
  2. Completing a site visit every three years within 30 days of the accreditation end date

Accreditation Dates

The accreditation date for a center seeking initial accreditation will be the date of the site visit.

Example:

Initial Accreditation Date

Current Accreditation
Date Range

Accreditation Fee Invoiced
(billed annually and e-mailed)

Annual Compliance Attestation Date Range

Jan 1, 2013

Jan 1, 2013–Dec 31, 2016

Nov 1, 2014

Aug 1–Nov 30, 2013

Reaccreditation SAR Available
(4 months prior to current accreditation end date)

Last Date to Submit Reaccreditation SAR
(30 days prior to site visit date)

Last Date for
Reaccreditation Site Visit

Accreditation End Date

Aug 1, 2015

Oct 31, 2015

Nov 30, 2015

Dec 31, 2016