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 C4UHC in 2016 with a specific focus of establishing consistent credentialing processes for health care 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 Institute (ANSI) Standards for Supplier Credentialing were published in 2019.

In 2020, the 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 a pandemic environment.

Historical Timeline
June 2021

C4UHC Launches New Website

February 2021

MITA updates the NEMA/ANSI SC 1-2020 Standard

MITA updates the NEMA/ANSI SC 1-2020 Standard

Supplier Credentialing in Healthcare to address pandemic-related challenges:

Press Release 

January 2021

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

C4UHC becomes a member of American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

November 2020

C4UHC begins a rebranding process

C4UHC begins a rebranding process
May 2020

C4UHC partners with NEMA/MITA

C4UHC partners with NEMA/MITA

To update the 2019 American National Standard for Supplier Credentialing in Healthcare to include appropriate PPE use in healthcare provider facilities due to COVID-19 challenges: Press release

March 2020

C4UHC becomes a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit legal entity.

C4UHC becomes a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit legal entity.
February 2020

C4UHC retains M.A. Kaufman Consultants as executive director

C4UHC retains M.A. Kaufman Consultants as executive director
November 2019

Credentialing Verification Letter and Medical Verification Templates

Credentialing Verification Letter and Medical Verification Templates

Are updated to support the ANSI Standards for Supplier Credentialing.

February 2019

C4UHC announces certification

C4UHC announces certification

Of the SC 1-2019 ANSI Standards for Supplier Credentialing: Press release

November 2018

C4UHC cross-functional body begins working to create industry standards.

C4UHC cross-functional body begins working to create industry standards.
October 2018

C4UHC Fall Summit held in Chicago, IL.

C4UHC Fall Summit held in Chicago, IL.

Results of the Summit: Press release

August 2018

C4UHC plans its first Vendor Credentialing Summit

C4UHC plans its first Vendor Credentialing Summit

Read the Press release

October 2017

Credentialing Verification Letter and Medical Verification Templates

Credentialing Verification Letter and Medical Verification Templates

Are created to help standardize documentation across the industry where possible.

April 2017

C4UHC issues a request for proposal (RFP)

C4UHC issues a request for proposal (RFP)

To invite vendors to partner with C4UHC to create a standardized, open, and interoperable individual and company credentialing solution. To answer any questions related to the RFP, C4UHC conducts an anonymous bidder’s conference: read RFP

February 2017

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting

Posts an article about the Consortium’s efforts.

February 2017

Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) hosts a SMI2U Webinar

Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) hosts a SMI2U Webinar

Featuring C4UHC leaders in a presentation titled: Achieving Standardized and Interoperable Credentialing and How You Can Help.

November 2016

C4UHC issues an RFI to invite vendors to partner with them

C4UHC issues an RFI to invite vendors to partner with them

To create a standardized, open and interoperable individual and company credentialing solution. The ultimate goal of this project is to solidify written and data credentialing standards and create an interoperable process to communicate those standards that meets the needs of healthcare suppliers and providers. Learn more.

August 2016

C4UHC publishes its draft Joint Recommendation

C4UHC publishes its draft Joint Recommendation

For Healthcare Industry Representative Credentialing Best Practices. Learn more

June 2016

C4UHC to Succeed Coalition

C4UHC to Succeed Coalition

The Consortium for Universal Healthcare Credentialing (C4UHC) replaces the Coalition: Press release

April 2013

The Coalition for Best Practices in Healthcare Industry Representatives

The Coalition for Best Practices in Healthcare Industry Representatives

Is formed and actively promotes a set of best practices for credentialing representatives of healthcare companies who access healthcare facilities: Press release