Accreditation Programs

Partnership. Process. Progress.

ACC’s Accreditation Programs aim to connect quality and cost with outcomes and patient satisfaction to create cardiovascular communities of excellence.

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About ACC Accreditation
The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Accreditation Programs offer hospitals and facilities a suite of comprehensive quality improvement solutions that combine accreditation and ACC’s registry services, quality initiatives and education.

In January 2016, the ACC merged with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) to establish a comprehensive suite of cardiovascular quality improvement solutions for hospitals and facilities with the goal of improving cardiovascular patient care.

It has been proven that accreditation improves clinical processes, enhances quality, reduces costs and increases patient satisfaction by:

  • Operationalizing the guidelines
  • Emphasizing standardized diagnostic and treatment programs
  • Providing more efficient and effective evaluation
  • Assisting rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms
  • Providing education for healthcare professionals and the community
  • Reducing the risk factors for heart attack
  • Bridging existing gaps in treatment by providing tools, education and support

Accreditation Products and Services

Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation

Delivers Actionable Data to Support Clinical Decisions

  • The Accreditation Conformance Database (ACD) manages patient data and calculates performance measures based on recommendations from ACC/AHA/HRS Guidelines and clinical best practices
  • Process measures link patient outcomes and performance scores
  • Enables facilities/hospitals to measure and monitor their performance in the treatment of AF patients over time and across all transitions of care

Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation

Supports Your Process Improvement Efforts

  • Utilizes NCDR CathPCI Registry® data to support clinical decisions
  • Links process improvement to patient outcomes
  • Promotes consistent processes across the care continuum
  • Incorporates the ACC/SCAI Consensus Document for Catheterization Laboratory Standards

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Lowers Costs and Improves Patient Satisfaction

  • Streamlines processes for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients in the appropriate location
  • Reduces costly admissions and ensure appropriate length-of-stay (LOS)
  • Improves patient engagement leading to improved satisfaction scores
  • Evidence-based medicine aligns with process improvement
  • Utilizes the latest ACC/AHA Guidelines

Free Standing ED Certification

Achieves Early Stabilization Efforts and Processes

  • Operational efficiencies leading to improved patient throughput and volumes
  • Guideline-driven medical therapies aligned with process improvement
  • Streamlines processes for diagnosis, treatment and management of patients across the cardiovascular spectrum

Heart Failure Accreditation

Links Process Improvement to Patient Outcomes and Performance Scores

  • Better identification and defined referral processes for patients requiring advanced therapy
  • Increased resources within all Guidance Statements and References
  • Additional clinical guidance regarding appropriate use of Observation Services
  • Focused data utilization to reduce 30-day readmissions, improve patient satisfaction, decrease length-of-stay and inpatient mortality

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