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Accreditation Foundation Board Proposal for Funding

The ACC's Accreditation Services Foundation Board supports cardiovascular performance improvement for United States-based healthcare organizations through its funding of quality initiative programs. Facilities interested in receiving funding will highlight the importance of ACC cardiovascular services accreditation as part of its overall clinical practice and quality.


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The deadline to submit proposals in 2018 has now passed. Facilities receiving funding will be notified by early December 2018.

Questions: AccreditationRFP@ACC.org

Proposal Deadline Has Now Passed

United States-based healthcare organization were provided the opportunity to submit applications for funding by the stated deadline of August 15, 2018. Incomplete proposals or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

Submitted proposals must aim to focus on one or more of the following objectives: 

  • Contribute to the evidence base for accreditation 
  • Develop or evaluate cardiovascular quality initiatives that strengthen the accreditation process 
  • Provide opportunities for education that support quality or performance improvement projects 
  • Improve EMS systems of care in collaboration with community hospitals providing accreditation services
  • Provide public health education to improve community measures/outcomes related to early recognition of heart attack symptoms and appropriate action steps

Examples of projects may include those that:

  • Support scholarly or creative work that further the principles of cardiovascular patient care performance improvement using ACC accreditation data
  • Convene educational symposia
  • Sponsor lectures
  • Advance cardiovascular care
  • Establish heart safe communities as a means to promote Early Heart Attack Care
  • Fund low performing hospitals and or critical access hospitals that seek ACC accreditation

Scope

Proposed projects will be determined by the ACC Accreditation Foundation Board and may vary from year to year. In general, proposed projects will be expected to be completed within 12 months of award notification, unless otherwise explicitly stated in the posted request for proposals. 

  • Individuals or groups may submit applications for up to $100,000 per proposal.
  • Funds will be paid to United States-based healthcare organizations only. 
  • Submission in electronic format is required. Please send the completed application to AccreditationRFP@acc.org.
  • Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, August 15, 2018.  
  • Incomplete proposals or those received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Use English only and avoid jargon and unusual abbreviations. For terms not universally known, spell out the term the first time it is used with the appropriate abbreviation in parentheses; the abbreviation may be used thereafter. 
  • Proposals must be formatted as follows: use 12-point font; single-spaced; one-inch margins

Download the complete Request For Proposal Application and Instructions document.

Conflict of Interest Statement
Accreditation Foundation Board members are not eligible to submit project proposals, but they may serve as un-compensated advisors to projects led by others. Applications that include participation of Accreditation Foundation Board members must be clearly identified. Those participants will be recused from the evaluation and selection process. Other potential conflicts of interests with other organizations or companies should be identified in the application.

 

The Accreditation Foundation Board will serve as the selection committee and will evaluate the merits of each proposal and recommend the projects to be funded. The committee seeks proposals that are well conceived and demonstrate sound methodology. Submitted proposals should:

  • Present a project design and methodology that can answer the proposed questions.
  • Demonstrate that the project team is knowledgeable on the topic and qualified to complete a high-quality project.
  • Include matched funds or in-kind contributions to strengthen the feasibility of conducting the project and completing it within the contracted time line.
  • Support operational improvements, patients care and safety, and efficiency in cardiovascular care.

 

Conflict of Interest Statement
Accreditation Foundation Board members are not eligible to submit project proposals, but they may serve as un-compensated advisors to projects led by others. Applications that include participation of Accreditation Foundation Board members must be clearly identified. Those participants will be recused from the evaluation and selection process. Other potential conflicts of interests with other organizations or companies should be identified in the application. 

Program Administration and Formation

Funding to support this program was made possible by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), which was established as a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of patients worldwide with suspected acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation through innovative cross-disciplinary processes. The merger of SCPC with the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) in 2016 provided an opportunity to leverage the accreditation strength of SCPC into the large portfolio of services offered by ACCF. To preserve the legacy of SCPC, an endowment was created to support future cardiovascular quality initiatives or performance improvement programs, particularly those that highlight the importance of accreditation.


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