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ACE, the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, Cited as Effective Program for Restoring Hospital Reputation
Date:3/18/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2013

Documenting the effectiveness of the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence quality programs, ACE has recently been in the news. Cardiovascular Business cites Excela Health System’s risk mitigation plan included ACE to endorse measures that would prevent future inappropriate procedures and assist in restoring the hospital’s reputation. Howard P. Grill, MD, FACC, Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab (CCL) at Excela, saw the situation of unnecessary stenting and the resulting costly payments to government agencies as a wake-up call for the implementation of a robust quality improvement program. Dr. Grill stated that, by identifying practices and measures that would prevent recurrences and utilizing the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) toolkit, the CCL at Excela achieved accreditation through ACE in 2012. “It’s great to be able to say we’ve looked at what was wrong, fixed it and that an unbiased, certifying third body agrees that we’re doing quality work,” states Dr. Grill. “We believe that if we produce quality results, then the reputation will follow.”

The importance of accepting responsibility and proactively applying key principles to achieve exceptional patient care is further examined in a current article in Cath Lab Digest. Sheree Schroeder, MSN, RN, RDCS, FASE, Director of Peer Review Services at ACE, reviews how to implement a quality, proactive peer review program in the CCL, noting that leadership ultimately establishes the framework to ensure quality care. Stating that internal peer review processes are vital, external validation can complement these processes by integrating Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) with nationally recognized benchmarks, eliminating bias and engaging physicians in quality initiatives. “Accurately documenting the factors that support the determination of appropriate use is essential to improving CCL performance and modera
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