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Heart Failure Accreditation

Through our Heart Failure Accreditation program, ACC provides a supportive and collaborative approach to help your facility treat heart failure patients. From guiding you through a gap analysis and preparing you to work toward the adoption of and compliance with the latest ACC/AHA guidelines, this indispensable tool is a roadmap for quality improvement. Accredited facilities have found that employing best practices and implementing other proven quality initiatives leads to greater operational efficiency and a more consistent approach to treatment. Most importantly, accreditation demonstrates your commitment to your patients, your community, and your talented team of clinicians, administrators, and policymakers.

Learn why tackling Transitions of Care prompts hospitals to earn Heart Failure Accreditation.

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On-Demand Heart Failure Webinars

Want to learn more about the benefits of Heart Failure Accreditation? Our service line specialists have recorded informational webinars that provide an overview of key accreditation topics and explain how your steps toward process improvement can provide valuable insight into the performance and management of a goal-driven CV service line.

There are two types of designations for Heart Failure Accreditation. Each is based on a facility's treatment capabilities and strategies.

Heart Failure v3: This accreditation is for facilities that must transfer/refer patients that require heart transplant or other more advanced types of mechanical circulatory support.

Advanced Heart Failure v3: This accreditation designation has been established for facilities that demonstrate management of advanced heart failure; this may include heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support. These facilities must have an identified HF Specialist provider and meet other specific mandatory criteria.

HF Accreditation applies a holistic approach to the assessment, treatment, and management of the Heart Failure population. HF Accreditation applies a holistic approach to the assessment, treatment, and management of the Heart Failure population. The essential components of accreditation drive a facility to implement evidence-based and guideline-driven clinical practices, process improvement, and up-to-date performance measurements across the continuum of HF patient care – from the ED to an observation or inpatient unit or safe discharge from the ED to home or care facility. In short, it is designed to ensure that each decision point is considered to improve safety, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Accreditation training prepares facilities to begin their Accreditation journey. Discussion covers the fundamental elements of Accreditation as well as challenges and successes experienced by other facilities that have completed the Accreditation process.

Note: Customers must first complete the Heart Failure Accreditation purchase process in order to gain access to the Heart Failure Accreditation tool and related training. Please contact accreditationinfo@acc.org for more information.

To help satisfy the requirements for Heart Failure Accreditation, CPC Coordinators are encouraged to enroll in the online education available through Apex Innovations’ Transitions® Heart Failure Competency course . The series covers Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Compensatory Response, Challenging Hemodynamic Concepts, and Consequences of Ventricular Dysfunction.


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Along with other helpful resources, ACC provides the current medical guidelines and recommendations for the care of patients with Heart Failure.

ACC offers additional resources intended for clinicians and hospital administrators who are focused on building better internal and external cardiovascular care processes and, even more importantly, better relationships with the patients and the communities you serve.

The American College of Cardiology publishes the highly-regarded Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) Heart Failure. In addition, it provides several online resources through its CardioSmart and Quality Improvement for Institutions programs.

As a benefit to facilities that are pursing accreditation, our Accreditation Specialists conduct monthly "Ask the Experts" webinars. Information about topics to be addressed in upcoming webinars is posted in the Heart Failure Accreditation tool. 

If you have questions about any of our Accreditation or Certification programs, please email us at accreditationinfo@acc.org.

Our accreditation experts have also posted the answers to several frequently asked questions about a number of important topics related to Heart Failure Accreditation.

With national initiatives on reducing readmissions and making certain that the care that the we are delivering is appropriate, we want to make certain that every time a patient arrives at any of our four facilities they receive the same standard of care – the best practice that is nationally known.

Cindy Brown, RN, Vice President, HealthPark Medical Center & Heart and Vascular Institute Lee Memorial Health System, Florida

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