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Atrial Fibrillation Features and Benefits

Essential Components of Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation

Atrial Fibrillation Accredited hospitals gain a higher level of expertise when dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of atrial fibrillation. ACC's Review Specialists take a collaborative approach by providing feedback, education and resources to assist the facility in addressing gaps and improving processes.

  • AF 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 AF patient population and where we share best practices and ideas from our experiences.
  • AF v3 Accreditation requires attendance at a mandatory workshop to get you headed on the right track and recommends participation in monthly Ask-the-Experts conference calls to help you along the way.
  • AF v3 Accreditation includes a designation for those hospitals that offer full electrophysiology services to their patients – AF v3 Accreditation with EPS.
  • AF v3 Accreditation tools will be re-evaluated on a quarterly basis to ensure that they keep pace with the advancing science as reflected in published research and guidelines.

AF v3 Delivers Actionable Data to Support Clinical Decisions

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 AF patients provides valuable insight into outcomes and helps guide strategies and establish goals for the care of various AF cohorts.

  • The Accreditation Conformance Database (ACD) manages patient data and calculates performance and outcome measures based on recommendations from the ACC/AHA Clinical Performance and Quality Measure sets and clinical best practices. In lieu of using the ACD, other nationally recognized data registries tracking quality improvement metrics related to the care of AF patients may be accepted.
  • Quality measures link patient outcomes with process improvement initiatives.
  • Enables hospitals to measure and monitor their performance in the treatment of AF patients over time and across all transitions of care

AF v3 Essential Components Provide a Roadmap for Process Improvement Efforts

  • Governance: Develop oversight and expectations for AF clinical operations; monitor compliance with accreditation goals; develop educational AF programs to meet the needs of physicians, providers, and staff.
  • Community Outreach: Raise awareness and educate the public and businesses; develop new and innovative approaches to integrate your hospital with the community.
  • Pre-Hospital Care: Educate community primary and specialty care providers and staff; integrate your hospital with EMS and provide education to better care for AF patients.
  • Early Stabilization: Develop protocols for triage and initial treatment; develop stroke risk assessment strategies; implement evidence-based guideline-driven care for the early management of AF patients; establish criteria for disposition and discharge.
  • Inpatient Care: Develop protocols for inpatient management and guide patient care through rate-control, rhythm-control, and prevention of thromboembolism.
  • Transitions of Care: Develop discharge processes that ensure effective transition of care; educate and build patient compliance; provide follow-up care.
  • Clinical Quality: Develop processes to capture performance and outcome data and to visualize numerous calculated measures that compare actual performance with your thresholds and goals.
  • Designation: There are two designations for atrial fibrillation accreditation. The designation earned will be based upon a facility's treatment strategy and capabilities.


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