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Proposed Changes for Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification Field Review

The Joint Commission’s Acute Heart Attack Ready (AHAR) Certification program was developed in conjunction with the American Heart Association and its Get with the Guidelines® – Coronary Artery Disease program.  The Joint Commission is considering revisions to standards for the AHAR program that now includes care, treatment, and services for patients presenting with or who develop symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). These standards incorporate current clinical practice guidelines based on recommendations published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other nationally recognized guidelines, including, but not limited to the following:

  • ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI)
  • Non-ST-elevated myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and unstable angina
  • Cardiac interventional procedures (if applicable)
  • Cardiac arrest and targeted temperature management
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Discharge medications for STEMI/NSTEMI (if applicable)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Step 1: Read the Proposed Standards

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Proposed Changes for Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification

Step 2: Provide Your Comments

Tell us what you think. You can submit your comments in one of the following ways:

  • Submit your comments via the online survey, which will take approximately 25-60 minutes to complete.
  • Submit your comments via mail.

The Joint Commission
Department of Standards and Survey Methods
Proposed Changes for Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification Field Review
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Comments will be gathered for five weeks beginning on October 13, 2021 and ending on November 17, 2021.

Questions?

Meghann Adams  – Division of Standards and Survey Methods – at 630.792.5906 or .