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A joint statement from the ACC, American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America was posted online on March 17 and addresses using renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) antagonists in COVID-19.

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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.

The American College of Cardiology in partnership with Haymarket Medical Education offers HOPE (Improving Heart Failure Outcomes Through Personalized Education). It's free to create a HOPE account and free to take any of the 30 live and online certified education activities designed to help improve heart failure (HF) patient care and outcomes.

The American College of Cardiology publishes several highly-regarded journals, including JACC Heart Failure. Some of the tools and features of the Journals of the American College of Cardiology are only available to subscribers or users with an online account.

CardioSmart is the patient education and empowerment initiative developed by the American College of Cardiology. Included on the web site are great tools for clinicians as well as caregivers and CV patients who want to better understand how to prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.

Clinical Toolkits and Quality Campaigns
From clinical toolkits (such as the Treat HF App) that help you to implement guidelines-based and best practice care to campaigns that target specific gaps in quality by motivating widespread adoption of evidence-based practices, ACC’s quality improvement initiatives are designed to help you establish and achieve important goals for your facility.

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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