SCPC's Philosophy on Accreditation
Accreditation brings together diverse medical specialties, such as EMS, emergency medicine, and cardiology; clinicians and administrators; doctors and nurses; lawyers; architects and quality improvement professionals. It improves the clinical processes for the early assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ACS, HF, and A-fib within facilities.
Accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise when dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Accreditation:
- Emphasizes standardized diagnostic and treatment programs
- Provides more efficient and effective evaluation
- Assists rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms
- Provides education for healthcare professionals and the community
- Reduces the risk factors for heart attack
Benefits of Accreditation:
- Financial benefits are twofold: Increased volume leads to increased revenue; and Medicare payments to accredited hospitals are maintained due to appropriate patient status placement
- Accreditation is associated with better performance of CMS core measures for the ACS and HF patient
- Improves quality outcomes
- Establishes facilities' commitment to higher standards and gives them a competitive edge
- Provides processes for timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment
- Defines risk stratification to ensure appropriate placement of patients based on clinical presentation and initial response to treatment
- Reduces the liability of missed MIs by using a consistent risk stratification approach for the ACS patient based on research and best practices
- Improves relationships and integrates processes with EMS and Dispatch Services thus reducing D2B times
- Breaks down silos, streamlines cross-departmental processes and creates a team approach to treatment
- Helps facilities identify gaps, measure results, and revise current processes
- Collects metrics to ensure that processes meet clinical and financial goals
- Decreases length of stay and improves the bottom line
- Avoids costs of frequent HF readmissions
- Helps facilities avoid Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) issues by developing a plan to link quality patient care with RAC strategies, including improved documentation, better risk stratification, and improved processes
- Demonstrates to the community the facility's commitment and dedication to provide exceptional cardiac care
SCPC reviewers are highly experienced clinicians whose sole focus is to help facilities identify processes that improve the care of the ACS patient through accreditation. Their mission is to approach each site visit in a collegial manner to break down barriers and engage in meaningful conversations with professionals at the facility.
As experts in the care of the cardiac patient, SCPC’s team of reviewers have accredited healthcare facilities worldwide. They have developed and maintained a collective knowledge of process improvement initiatives, best practices, and help educate facility personnel while onsite.
"Your patience, understanding and your willingness to assist us has been wonderful. The Society’s accreditation process was the first for me in any accreditation process outside of prehospital medicine. The last two accreditations have been a great experience for me personally. I have also discovered that not all accreditation processes are as educational and helpful as the Society’s. The Society certainly raises the bar for other accrediting bodies."
Kevin J. Hack, MOL EMT-P
Director of Southern Market Operations and Development Director of Ambulance/ EMS
Riverside Medical Center