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Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Accreditation is an Operational Model that Merges Evidence-Based Science and Process Improvement Across the Continuum of Care.

AF v3 is the result of diligent work by nationally recognized physicians and clinicians with expertise in emergency medicine, observation medicine, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, internal medicine, and nursing care. AF v3 incorporates AHA/ACC/HRS* Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines and other evidence-based science, quality initiatives, and clinical best practices. AF v3 accreditation has incorporated the principles of Value-based Purchasing (VBP) to help facilities optimize patient outcomes and financial performance.

*American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society

The acronym MODES is an easy way to summarize and remember the key areas in which AF v3 Accreditation partners with hospitals to accomplish these goals.
Measures • Outpatient Care • Disposition • Engagement • Stroke

Philip Beckley, PhD, AACC AF Service Line Specialist
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On-Demand Atrial Fibrillation Webinars

Want to learn more about the benefits of Atrial Fibrillation 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 Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation. Each is based on a facility's treatment capabilities and strategies.

Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial Fibrillation v3 Accreditation – for facilities that refer their patients to other facilities for electrophysiology and surgical services.

Atrial Fibrillation with EPS: Atrial Fibrillation v3 Accreditation with EPS – for facilities that provide full electrophysiology and surgical services.

AF Accreditation applies a holistic approach to the assessment, treatment, and management of the Atrial Fibrillation 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 AF 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.

Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation training prepares facilities to begin their accreditation journey. In addition to learning about the fundamental elements of accreditation, attendees will hear about the challenges and successes that other facilities experience as they move through the accreditation process.

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

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.

Our facility decided to seek accreditation for AF because we had begun to see a huge increase in volume in instances of AF in our patient population. We actually had the benefit of having an AF center and an AF coordinator along with some of our other disease management programs with heart failure and we were seeing instances of AF with heart failure patients as well. We saw it as an opportunity to align some of our processes to work toward evidence-based guidelines in all of our order sets and with our processes with our physicians. And it really helped us gain credibility with our physicians and our providers as well about what we are doing to try to increase awareness of patients with AF – the treatments, the processes around that – and really reduce the burden on the patient in the hospital.

Christine McIntyre, RN, BSN, MHA, Director of the Central Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute Lexington, KY
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