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Heart Failure Accreditation Features and Benefits

A Collaborative Approach

ACC's approach to Heart Failure (HF) Accreditation is radically different from others that set specifications and measure compliance. ACC's Review Specialists take a collaborative approach by providing feedback, education and resources to assist the facility in addressing gaps and improving processes.

  • To get started on the right track, HF v3 Accreditation mandates attendance at an educational workshop and recommends participation in monthly Ask-the-Experts conference calls to help you along the way.
  • HF v3 Accreditation requires a site visit to your facility where you share with the ACC reviewer what your facility has done to improve the delivery of care to your HF patient population and where we share best practices and ideas from our experiences.
  • HF v3 Accreditation tools are evaluated on a quarterly basis to ensure that they keep pace with the advancing science as reflected in published research and guidelines.

Heart Failure v3 Essential Components Organize and Streamlines Process Improvement Efforts

Essential Components of Heart Failure Accreditation

Governance: Implement proven practices to orchestrate, monitor, and optimize clinical processes, including how to organize a multidisciplinary care team.

Community Outreach: Increase public awareness and affect behavior with education, website content, public service announcements, and partnerships with local businesses, employers, and healthcare providers.

Pre-Hospital Care: Integrate out-of-hospital interventions delivered by community healthcare providers and first responders.

Early Stabilization: Speed diagnosis and treatment to mitigate life-threatening conditions. Improve risk stratification and patient flow, including those in the observation setting.

Acute Care: Employ a multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach from admission through discharge. Utilization of standardized order sets; visibility into length-of-stay (LOS) and optimal patient outcomes.

Transitional Care: Prevent unnecessary readmissions with established care coordination at discharge, including early follow-up care and patient/family education.

Clinical Quality Measures: Track the entire process from patient presentation through discharge and follow-up care to identify problem areas, duplication of efforts, or wasted resources.

Actionable Data

We recently expanded the data submission options that customers may select from in reporting their mandatory accreditation data set. These options now include: the ACC Accreditation Conformance Database (ACD); a national/regional database or registry; or a custom electronic health record or database. Tracking quality improvement metrics related to the care of HF patients provides valuable insight into outcomes and helps guide strategies and establish goals for the care of various HF cohorts.

  • Performance metrics track the quality of care delivered and opportunities for improvement
  • Links process improvement to patient outcomes and performance scores
  • HF v3's Calculated Measures offer access to the patient level data you need to make the directed interventions that count
  • Designed for clinicians by clinicians, HF v3 keeps patient flow at the center of data aggregation
  • A vast range of clinical scenarios, metrics and process drill-downs show you everything from population length-of-stay and readmission rates to Emergency Department throughput, specific provider type care measures, rate of consults and much more
  • View data elements presented for your entire heart failure population as well as through the presentation of individual patient encounters

Enhanced Guidance, Improved Outcomes

  • Better identification of and defined referral process of 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

The development of the HF v3 tool was founded in science, best practices and the clinical expertise of our entire writing committee. This tool encompasses all of the necessary pieces, processes and components needed to create, develop, improve upon or sustain a successful HF program. Through a foundation of guideline-driven medical therapy that spans the entire care continuum, the education and resources are a true roadmap for improved patient care delivery and outcomes. The utilization of patient-level, heart-failure-specific data and measures is like nothing else available in any other registry or database. Whether you are part of a large academic transplant center or a small community referral center HF v3 will give you the tools you need to improve upon all outcomes both financial and most importantly the length and quality of life of the patients you serve.

Garrie Haas, MD, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University
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