The American Association of Healthcare Consultants (AAHC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1949 as a professional membership society.  The mission of the Association is to elevate and maintain the competence of members in recognized areas of practice, and to make this competence known to the healthcare industry by:
  • Insisting upon ethical standards of performance;
  • Informing the healthcare industry of these established standards;
  • Credentialing individuals who have demonstrated proficiency in recognized areas of expertise
  • Encourage other members to actively pursue credentialed status.

All members who have obtained credentialed status as "Member" or "Fellow" in the Associations are authorized and expected to use the credentials AAHC or FAAHC.


Members of the AAHC agree to adhere to the following principles:

  • To exercise independence, objectivity and integrity in all professional engagements;
  • To maintain client confidentiality;
  • To strive continuously to improve their professional skills;
  • To fully disclose to a client any interests or relationships that may affect independent judgment in a specific engagement;
  • To continuously enhance the professional standards of consulting;
  • To fully disclose to clients in advance all financial arrangements related to an engagement;
  • To uphold the honor and dignity of the profession; and
  • To maintain the highest standards of personal conduct.

In recognition of the public interest and their obligation to profession, members and their firms agree in writing to comply with this Code.

The following is the full, verbatim, explanation of the AAHC credentials as published by the AAHC.

What Does the AAHC Credential Mean?

 The American Association of Healthcare Consultants has stood for consulting excellence since 1949. The credential AAHC represents documented experience, proven competence and capability, and rigid adherence to ethical and professional standards. The credential is awarded only when individuals satisfactorily meet the experience and performance requirements of the Association and are adjudged by their peers to be worthy of such recognition.

A credentialed consultant:

  • Has a minimum of 5 years of consulting experience
  • Is experienced in project direction and coordination
  • Is competent in one or more recognized areas of expertise
  • Meets established professional development and maintenance of
    membership requirements
  • Abides by the AAHC Code of Ethics

Credentialed status -- Member (AAHC) and Fellow (FAAHC) -- is granted only by the Association (through its Board) and is respected throughout the healthcare industry.

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