What does advanced certification in heart failure require?
Organizations must comply with Joint Commission standards for disease-specific care, (Manual available on the JCR Web site.) and the appendix for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure.
The heart failure program must include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic, OR have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices.
Disease-specific Care standards cover the following categories:
Clinical information management
Delivering or facilitating clinical care
Measuring and improving performance.
A commitment to continuous improvement is essential. Advanced Certification in Heart Failure requires that a program collect data on standardized performance measures and use this information for ongoing performance improvement efforts.
Criteria developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association.