Joint Commission announces launch of new Disease-Specific Careprogram

Accreditation Connection, May 20, 2011

The Joint Commission has announced that its latest Disease-Specific Care (DSC) certification program, targeting heart failure, will launch in July of this year.

The program, formally named Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure, was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association and will work to promote safe transitions for patients as they move from inpatient to outpatient settings.

The program integrates the “2009 Focused Update: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Adults,” and hospitals seeking certification must have a heart failure program including either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic, or it must have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices, to be eligible. They must also have achieved at least a Bronze Level performance or higher with the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure program.

For complete details about this new program, visit The Joint Commission’s website.

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