We are excited to share with you the AHA and ACC’s new cardiovascular service line hospital accreditation program, Accreditation for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. This new cardiovascular service-line level hospital accreditation product consists of, and builds upon various accreditation products of the ACC that are focused on all aspects of cardiac care. This includes: chest pain, cardiac catheterization, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions. This accreditation will enable hospitals and health systems to pursue the highest standard of cardiac care for their patients. Healthcare organizations will earn recognition by conducting coordinated, high-quality programs in multiple areas of clinical care, including but not limited to:
- Chest Pain Center Accreditation
- Heart Failure Accreditation
- Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation
- Cath Lab Accreditation
Healthcare organizations with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence will provide high quality education for health care professionals and the general public, cardiac prevention, and cardiac critical care. Please download a quick overview of the values and benefits for achieving our Accreditation for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.
This designation is considered the gold standard that defines broad excellence in cardiovascular care. Such cardiac centers are a major source of discovery of the nature of cardiovascular care and treatments and of the development of more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of heart diseases. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health care professionals and the public, and reach out to under-served populations. For more in-depth information on this accreditation, please download our overview fact sheet.
Value of Accreditation for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence:
Identify and recognize high performing and complex cardiovascular service lines in the nation that provide unbiased, actionable, and achievable benchmarks for all hospital and clinical leaders to use as they work to raise their own standards of performance. These organizations will be able to demonstrate the ability to seek out the best opportunities to deliver healthcare value to their communities.
Goals of this accreditation:
- Provide comprehensive cardiac patient care with well-organized systems, services, facilities and highly trained and experienced physicians and cardiac team members, with emphasis on quality and outcomes
- Support systems of care and highly qualified multi-disciplinary cardiac teams
- Support patient safety, research, education and prevention
- Provide patient-centered and coordinated care with treatment and intervention tailored to individual needs
- Set quality standards for cardiovascular practice
Accounts on the on-line portal open January 1st. Validation will occur thereafter. Users will receive account log-in info once validated.
If your institution is interested in considering AHA/ACC Accreditation for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, or if you just have more questions, we welcome you to send the requested information below to our organizations. We will be sure to share with you upcoming developments, potential opportunities for early pilot studies and learning opportunities from AHA and ACC. Also, you will have the chance to be one of the first to apply and achieve this new level of accreditation.