In February 2012, a group of industry stakeholders with concerns about the increasing complexity of vendor access requirements began meeting to discuss compliance best practices. In 2013, the Coalition for Best Practices in Healthcare Industry Representative Requirements was formed.
Building on the work of the Coalition, the group became The Consortium for Universal Healthcare Credentialing in 2016 with a specific focus of establishing consistent credentialing processes for Healthcare Industry Representatives (HCIR) and to translate those processes into data standards. This effort resulted in the Joint Recommendations for HCIR Credentialing Best Practices. Achieving success through the participation of a wide variety of healthcare industry stakeholders, the first American National Standards (ANSI) for Supplier Credentialing were published in 2019.
In 2020 C4UHC became a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization and accelerated its compliance and educational efforts for new challenges in the marketplace due to COVID-19. As a result, revised ANSI Standards for Supplier Credentialing were published in February 2021 and now include provisions for personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical testing in pandemic environment.
C4UHC members and supporters hail from over fifteen of the top Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare industry. C4UHC is not a passive organization. Members are encouraged to join working groups that help predict trends, assess needs, address challenges, and incorporate best practices.