Collaboration: Two Great Organizations One Goal: Improving Quality of Life
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and the American Heart Association have a shared vision of improved consistency in the treatment of patients with a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Therefore, in 2011, SCPC and AHA jointly launched the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Accreditation program.This alliance changes the way STEMI patients are reperfused by breaking down the silos that exist between care providers. This is accomplished by bringing together physicians, nurses, emergency medical service providers, and hospital teams to refine and eliminate barriers that prevent the best clinical outcomes.
Mission: Lifeline Accreditation Expiration Dates are No Longer Automatically Sync’d with Chest Pain Accreditation
Effective immediately, expiration dates for Mission: Lifeline® will no longer automatically be synced with Chest Pain Center Accreditation. All Mission: Lifeline® terms of accreditation will be based on a full three-year cycle.
In short, if your hospital is Chest Pain Center Accredited at the time you submit your Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation application, you will receive a full three years of Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation upon a successful review. That’s right… no more syncing accreditation dates in order to apply for Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation.
This will benefit you in many ways, as it will allow you the freedom to apply for Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation as soon as you are notified that your facility is Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation eligible. This is typically announced in May.
Facilities that are already Mission: Lifeline® Accredited will receive a notice from SCPC with a new certificate of accreditation that reflects the full three years.
How Can SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation Help Your Facility Meet The Goals Of AHA's Mission: Lifeline®
Becoming an accredited Chest Pain Center will ensure that facilities continue to improve many of the clinical processes identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under their Value-based Purchasing program.
Combining Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation with Chest Pain Center Accreditation further assists in improving patient outcomes and satisfaction by providing a comprehensive approach to treating all patients with acute coronary syndromes, including those at risk for its development.
SCPC and AHA mutually agree that providing cardiac accreditation programs is in the best interest of patients, meets the needs of the healthcare community, and helps to significantly reduce cardiac-related disability and deaths.
Obtaining Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation
Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation is linked to Mission: Lifeline® award years. You must be an award winner in the current Mission: Lifeline® award cycle to be eligible to apply for accreditation. Annual award cycles run from May 1 to April 30. You are notified by the AHA in May if your facility is an award recipient.
For more information on how to become a Mission: Lifeline Award winner, visit the Mission: Lifeline’s Hospital Awards webpage at:
Your Mission: Lifeline award will identify you as either a Receiving or Referring Center, based on the AHA’s established achievement measures. This will determine which accreditation you will be eligible to apply for.
Applying for Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation:
Once you have been recognized by the American Heart Association for your stellar outcomes and performance in the care of STEMI patients, the next logical step is to apply for accreditation.
This can be done in one of three ways:
- Add on to your SCPC Chest Pain Center Accreditation
- Consecutive Applications for SCPC Chest Pain Center and Mission: Lifeline ® Accreditation
- Mission: Lifeline® Standalone Accreditation
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Now you are ready to move forward with the accreditation process. To get started, simply purchase the Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation Manual at SCPC’s online store using the link above. All application instructions are contained in this manual.
Mission: Lifeline® Ask-the-Experts
For those who have purchased a manual and are actively working on their application but have questions prior to submitting, this venue is for you. On the second Monday of every month from 3 p.m. Eastern time until all questions are answered, you have the opportunity to ask SCPC’s accreditation review staff and program administrators questions specific to your submission. Our experts stay on the line as long as needed to answer all your questions so you will be successful with your application submission. Call 800-734-8583 to participate.
Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation Quarterly Informational Webinars
SCPC and AHA jointly host quarterly informational webinars during which a featured hospital shares its story on how accreditation helped that hospital meet its goals of improving STEMI care. There is also opportunity for information sharing during the Q & A session at the end. Check back for future dates.
New STEMI Guidelines
Click here to read the New STEMI Guidelines.