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Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification Fact Sheet

Launched in 2017, Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is a voluntary program for hospitals seeking an independent evaluation and recognition of their comprehensive cardiac center services. The program was designed for hospitals with robust cardiac care facilities, aiming to help organizations establish the structures, processes and culture necessary to achieve sustained levels of effective clinical performance and patient outcomes across cardiac specialties and the continuum of care.

This program will help organizations deliver comprehensive cardiac care through:

  • Compliance with consensus-based standards.
  • Effective integration of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement.
  • Achievement and/or maintenance of required Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements.

At a minimum, the organization’s scope of care, treatment, and services need to include management of the following domains:

  • Ischemic heart disease, through medical and interventional/surgical care, including acute coronary syndrome treatments, percutaneous coronary interventions, and coronary bypass graft surgery.
  • Cardiac valve disease, including valve replacement/repair procedures.
  • Arrhythmias, including electrophysiology services and outpatient device clinics.
  • Advanced heart failure, including outpatient services.
  • Cardiac arrest, including prevention of in-hospital arrests, resuscitation, and targeted temperature management for cardiac arrest.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation of patients, as indicated, either onsite or by referral.
  • Cardiovascular risk factor identification and cardiac disease prevention.

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