The 2021 ACPA Team Approval Application is expected to open in spring 2021. Unapproved teams and teams whose approval expires in 2021 are invited to apply.

Teams that applied in 2020 and received a pending status may submit additional documentation by logging into www.acpa.smapply.org. Additional documentation is due February 8, 2021.

All team applicants must submit a non-refundable initial application fee. Payment may be submitted by check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. A processing fee will be added at checkout for credit card transactions. If a team is approved, this fee will count as the team’s first year listing fee. Team fees cover the administration of the ACPA Team Approval program.

View the Team Approval Process and the ACPA Team Approval Procedures Manual for more information and full application instructions.

Team Approval Resources

For guidance on completing the Team Application, review the 2020 Sample Application. Please note that this document is read-only and all applications must be completed online.

A webinar on the Team Approval process is available on demand.

HIPAA Compliance

Please note that HIPAA requires applying teams to remove all patient identifying information from the application, a process HIPAA calls de-identification.  Identifying information for patients, relatives, and household members includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Names
  • Geographic subdivisions smaller than a state (city, school, mailing address, etc)
  • Telephone and Fax numbers
  • Email addresses
  • All birth dates, death dates, admission dates, and discharge dates. The year should remain unredacted.
  • Full face photographs
  • Social security numbers
  • Medical record numbers
  • Account numbers
  • Any other unique numbers, codes, or characteristics that can be linked to an individual

Applications containing any patient identifying information will be returned for redactions.  If an application is returned a second time, an additional US$125.00 fee will be due upon re-submission.

Please refer to the ACPA Team Approval FAQ for more information.