The Joint Commission announced it has launched an advanced certification program geared specifically toward stroke centers that care for complex cases.
Created in partnership with the American Heart Association and its American Stroke Association division, the new program “recognizes the significant resources in staff and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to treat complex stroke,” the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based accreditation organization said in a fact sheet about the program.
To seek the certification, comprehensive stroke centers must meet a number of criteria. For instance, centers must participate in research, use advanced imaging capabilities and meet minimum thresholds for certain numbers of conditions treated and procedures performed each year. They also must collect quality and report quality data and meet set performance targets, the Joint Commission said.