American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association
Setting a New Standard for Hospital Accreditation—Together
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In today’s healthcare environment, terms such as value-based, transparent, efficient, evidence-based, accountable, and cost-effective are used frequently when talking about new care delivery models and models of physician and hospital reimbursement. Within the context of this environment, accreditation is increasingly being looked to as a means of helping hospitals and physicians successfully prepare for and participate in these new models.
“Organizations that participate in accreditation confirm their commitment to quality improvement, risk mitigation, patient safety, improved efficiency, and accountability; it sends a powerful message to key decision-makers and the public. This performance measure contributes to the sustainability of the health care system,” wrote Wendy Nicklin, president and chief executive officer of Accreditation Canada, in an updated 2015 review of scholarly papers related to hospital accreditation.1
In a 2010 Presidential Advisory, the American Heart Association (AHA) identified the need, opportunity, and responsibility for the cardiovascular community to provide greater leadership in the design, development, and offering of accreditation services with the potential to provide clinical care. As stated in …