Fee Overview

PHAB instituted a fee structure to manage and maintain the national accreditation process. Applicant fees are necessary for PHAB to provide quality services to both applicants for accreditation and accredited health departments. Public health department accreditation is not a “one-time” event; it is an ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement.

PHAB has listened to feedback from health departments and public health partners and adjusted our internal processes and fees to respond to the needs of the field with the new Version 2022 Fee Structure.

Version 2022 Fee Structure

Effective July 1, 2022 for Initial Accreditation

PHAB fees for Version 2022 have been simplified and reduced. PHAB eliminated the one-time initial accreditation and reaccreditation fee and introduced a significantly smaller Readiness & Training fee to help health departments assess their accreditation readiness before the application for initial accreditation.

All reaccreditation applicants will use the Version 2022 fee structure.

For questions about fees, contact Mark Paepcke, VP of Finance and Business Operations, at [email protected]

Version 2022 Fee Schedule

Fees are based on the size of the jurisdictional population served by the health department. PHAB’s Five Tier Accreditation Fee Schedule is published annually.

  • The Readiness & Training Fee helps health departments assess their accreditation readiness and provide education on the accreditation process. This mandatory, one-time fee includes a training, readiness assessment and $500 credit toward any PHAB product within one year. This fee is assessed before the health department attends the live training, submits its Readiness Assessment, and submits its application. If the health department does not apply within one year, it will have to pay the Readiness & Training fee again, submit a new Readiness Assessment, and attend the training again. The $500 original credit could be applied to this second fee.
  • The Annual Fee supports the ongoing process of the health department as it goes through the accreditation lifecycle and is invoiced each year, beginning when the application is submitted. The Annual Accreditation Services Fee also covers the reaccreditation process so the health department does not need to concern itself with additional budget dollars at the time it is eligible for reaccreditation.

Version 1.5 Fee Structure

Effective until June 30, 2022 for Initial Accreditation

Health departments considering applying for initial accreditation before July 1, 2022 should first review the Version 2022 fee structure (link). If your health department is far along in the document submission process under Version 1.5, contact your assigned Accreditation Specialist to discuss the best option.

All reaccreditation applicants will use the Version 2022 fee structure.

For questions about fees, contact Mark Paepcke, VP of Finance and Business Operations, at [email protected]

Version 1.5 Fee Schedule

Fees are based on the size of the jurisdictional population served by the health department. PHAB’s Five Tier Accreditation Fee Schedule is published annually.

  • The Initial Accreditation Review Fee was established based on services provided by staff, peer reviewer’s travel and training, the subscription to e-PHAB, and the accreditation coordinator’s in-person training.
  • The Annual Accreditation Services Fee supports the ongoing process of the health department as it goes through the accreditation lifecycle and is invoiced each year, beginning one year after the Initial Accreditation Review Fee invoice. Invoices will be provided by PHAB to the applicant health department based on the category population they serve. The Annual Accreditation Services Fee also covers the reaccreditation process so the health department does not need to concern itself with additional budget dollars at the time it is eligible for reaccreditation.
The Fee Schedule published in the first quarter of each year is good for the period July 1st of that year through June 30th the following year. Fees are subject to review for potential annual expense adjustments to take effect on July 1st of each year. Any changes to the fee amount will be announced quarter one of that same year.

Vital Records/Health Statistics Fees

The Vital Records/Health Statistics (VRHS) fees are necessary for PHAB to provide quality services to both applicants for accreditation and accredited VRHS units. The accreditation fee supports the assessment of your Vital Records/Health Statistics unit against nationally adopted standards and measures and provides your VRHS unit with a full suite of ongoing accreditation services.

VRHS Fee Schedule

Additional Information

The purpose of the fee is to support PHAB’s anticipated expenses in responding to and managing an appeal. Appeals costs are not covered elsewhere in the PHAB fees. These fees are based on a review of other accrediting bodies’ approaches to the management of appeals.  The procedure for appeals is contained within the Policy for Initial Accreditation and Reaccreditation.

Non-refundable initial Appeal Fee = $5,000; and an additional invoice for PHAB’s pass through costs such as: travel for the appeals hearing, and any additional site visit (optional). Payment of half of the fee is expected at the time the hearing is set, with final payment occurring at the close of the hearing process. All fees are non-reimbursable since they cover actual costs.

PHAB is committed to providing reasonable customized payment options for health departments that need assistance. To ensure that cost does not become a barrier to qualified health departments seeking and earning accreditation, PHAB will be as flexible as possible in working out ways for health departments to pay their Accreditation Fees. Some examples would be to pay in two-to-three-year increments or for health departments to use end of the year grant funds (with approval of grant project officer) to help pay varying amounts of the fees.

The accreditation fees your health department pays supports the assessment of your health department against nationally adopted standards and measures and provides your health department with a full suite of ongoing accreditation services, including:

  • An Accreditation Specialist to guide your health department though the accreditation and reaccreditation process
  • Subscription to PHAB’s online accreditation information system, making the process paperless
  • A comprehensive review of your health department’s documentation against the national accreditation standards by a team of peer review experts
  • A site visit report with identified opportunities for improvements to help your health department better manage its activities to serve its population
  • Annual guidance and support through each accreditation cycle to help continue the culture of improvement advanced by accreditation