Most facilities assign a dedicated RN to its CV accreditation program. This individual will be the lead contact for an accreditation or certification program and will work directly with the Accreditation Review Specialist that we assign to a facility. Of course, many other individuals will be key participants in the achievement of accreditation as it is designed to be a multi-disciplinary team effort.
In many cases, the data that supports an accreditation or certification is drawn from an NCDR registry. Details about which NCDR registries pair with which accreditations or when a facility may elect to use an alternative database that integrates with our online accreditation or certification “tool” is discussed ahead of the implementation of program implementation.
The timeline for accreditation varies by facility. In general, most facilities are able to complete accreditation in 12 months or less. And certifications are generally achievable in six months or less.
The benefits of accreditation are significant and can be measured in many ways. Hospitals that are intent on connecting quality and cost with outcomes and patient satisfaction look to the College to help them create cardiovascular communities of excellence. Achieving accreditation status improves a hospital's productivity, patient throughput, and the quality and consistency of care. In short, it better positions a hospital as a preferred provider of cardiovascular care.
ACC's role, as a valued partner, is to advance the quality improvement efforts of every facility. Our focus is to provide you with the care processes that are designed to steadily improve outcomes. Each facility we work with is assigned a dedicated Accreditation Review Specialist. As we gain knowledge in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, we share that knowledge with those who seek accreditation or certification. Collegiality and collaboration have long been considered the hallmark characteristics of our organization.
Earning an accreditation or a certification requires the formal demonstration and validation of quality improvement. It is a multi-step approach that begins with assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of your current processes and leads to a roadmap for future CV health strategies. In short, ACC accredits hospitals that have adopted, adhered to, and achieved best-in-class standards of care related to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.