The Joint Commission has announced plans to launch a new certification program in July crafted specifically for care of patients with heart failure. Created in partnership with the America Heart Association, the new program—known as the Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure—will look at organizations' adherence to evidence-based practices as well as their record of providing successful transitions of care from one setting to another.
“To be eligible, the hospital's heart failure program must include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic, or it must have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices,” according to a Joint Commission news release.
In addition, hospitals must have achieved at least a Bronze performance rating on the America Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines, a quality-improvement program for heart failure. Bronze recognition means that a hospital has treated heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85% compliance to core measures of care.
“Although there is no cure for heart failure, the proper treatment program can allow patients to lead full lives,” said Jean Range, executive director of the Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program. “The Joint Commission's certification program will help healthcare organizations focus on the care processes that produce the best outcomes for heart failure patients and give patients with heart failure confidence that these healthcare organizations are committed to quality care.”