LifePoint Health Leading the Way in Chest Pain Care As part of a system-wide collaboration between the ACC and LifePoint Health, 35 LifePoint facilities earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation in 2016, bringing the total number of accredited facilities to 63. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to collaborate with LifePoint to ensure that each of its hospitals is expertly equipped to deal with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “LifePoint’s ongoing commitment to ensuring excellence in quality cardiovascular care and patient safety should be commended.” The newest accreditations are a continuation of LifePoint’s effort to accredit all 72 of its facilities in 22 states across the country, working in concert with ACC Accreditation Services, formerly the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Hospitals that receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation have demonstrated a strong commitment to effectively reducing variations of care, bridge existing gaps in treatment and ultimately improving patient outcomes and treatment. Accredited hospitals have also successfully taken steps to enhance the entire patient experience, starting by improving coordination among community responders and emergency medical services, and expanding to enhance the emergency department experience and refine the transition from surgical intervention (if necessary) to cardiac rehab and discharge. “At LifePoint, we are deeply committed to delivering highquality care close to home for the communities we serve,” said David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint. “With many of our facilities being the sole provider in their communities, it is imperative that we have the right processes in place to ensure the delivery of timely and effective chest pain care in our emergency rooms, and that our clinical teams have the right training to deliver that care. I am proud that so many of our facilities have committed to this program, earned accreditation, and will continue working to improve emergency care for our communities even further.” Throughout 2017, another cohort of LifePoint hospitals will be working toward Chest Pain and/or Heart Failure accreditation or re-accreditation as the company strives to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation at every hospital in its system. “Our mission is making communities healthier,” said Dill, “and the work our hospitals are doing through this accreditation process is making a real impact. We are so pleased with the progress our facilities have made and are grateful for the guidance and partnership that ACC Accreditation Services has provided throughout this journey.” Science of Process Improvement ACC Accreditation Services are grounded in the science of process improvement – an ongoing effort to identify and improve processes at a given hospital or facility. It requires an understanding of “change” and the ability to accept that change is inevitable, mistakes will occur, and whatever is done can always be done more efficiently. In addition, the continuous stream of new research requires hospitals and facilities to stay abreast of any changes in evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes. Accreditation programs help hospitals recognize gaps in care and track progress towards improved patient outcomes. Learn more at Accreditation.ACC.org. A New Name for the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is now called ACC Accreditation Services. SCPC merged with the College in January 2016 in order to provide hospitals and other facilities with improved and streamlined access to accreditation and registry services, as well as quality improvement campaigns and education. The new name is part of ongoing efforts to more clearly align SCPC as an integral part of the ACC. A comprehensive brand equity study conducted over the past eight months had both organizations receiving high marks in terms of value and leadership. SCPC’s expertise, consultation and collaborative nature were cited as top benefits by hospitals and others participating in accreditation programs. The ACC was recognized for its top quality education; leadership in setting quality standards and guidelines; and its ongoing initiatives to improve cardiovascular care and provide professionals with information on the latest scientific advances. The new name is intended to build on these key strengths and move the two organizations forward as a unified source of quality services for hospitals, health systems and others. Learn more about ACC Accreditation Services, NCDR and national quality campaigns, at CVQuality.ACC.org. Find Your Heart a Home More than 500 individual hospitals are publicly reporting data from the CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry as part of ACC’s public reporting program, which launched in 2015. Information on all NCDR hospitals and data on select measures for opted-in hospitals are available through FindYourHeartaHome.org, powered by CardioSmart. This tool, which helps patients and their caregivers make decisions on where to receive cardiovascular care, empowers patients, simplifies information and ensures quality care. Find Your Heart a Home also helps clinicians get the information needed to make cardiovascular care recommendations. Find Your Heart a Home was featured in several publications in 2016. Don’t miss an ad in the current issue of AARP The Magazine. 2016 US News & World Report Heart Rankings: Get Credit For Publicly Reporting Via NCDR For the second year, hospitals that publicly report through the CathPCI Registry and/ or ICD Registry will receive credit as part of the US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. US News & World Report’s methodology changes, announced last year, are intended to “drive broader transparency.” For the 2016 rankings, 3 percentage points of a facility’s Cardiology & Heart Surgery score will be tied to registry participation. If your hospital is not currently publicly reporting and would like to receive credit in the 2016 rankings, paperwork must be submitted to the NCDR by Jan. 31. Visit ACC.org/PublicReporting for the data release consent forms and additional information.
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