ACHA ACHD Accreditation Year-End Update

Posted Thursday, Dec 09, 2021

As 2021 winds down, we reflect back on the accomplishments of the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program this year. Despite the pandemic, ACHA has continued to move programs forward in the process through virtual site visits and providing valuable feedback to further enhance patient care. We are thrilled to report there are currently 44 programs caring for more than 77,000 patients in a total of 27 states and counting. The Accreditation Program has also risen to meet unforeseen challenges in its effort to improve the quality of access to ACHD care.

ACHA ACHD Accreditation has led the way in setting standards of care for adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) through identification of critical staffing needs, development of policies for all levels of care and encouraging collaboration among health professionals. This was and is made possible by the efforts of and participation by both patients and providers in developing the accreditation criteria and the process.

“The Comprehensive Care Center criteria is a blueprint for the providers, policies and services that should be in place to guide quality patient-centered care for adults living with CHD across the United States living with CHD,” said Arwa Saidi, MB, BCh, MEd, Chair of ACHA’s Medical Advisory Board. “ACHA ACHD Accreditation also encourages patients to participate in their ACHD program’s Patient Family Advisory Council.”

 

2022: Accreditation Program Reaccreditation

Nearly 5 years into the program, ACHA has reached a milestone as we prepare for the first round of Comprehensive Care Centers seeking reaccreditation. To obtain reaccreditation, programs must complete an application and will undergo a full or modified site visit based on changes to the program since their initial accreditation.

“ACHA staff and the Accreditation Program Steering Committee have prepared for reaccreditation by developing a roadmap for the process and a separate reaccreditation application,” said Dr. Saidi. “We know that ACHD programs are regularly increasing staff and expertise, so this process provides them with the opportunity to showcase program growth and how they’ve improved patient-centered care over the last five years.”

Since the launch of accreditation, not only have ACHD programs learned from the process, but ACHA has as well and remains steadfast in preserving the integrity of the Accreditation Program and focused on access to the highest quality of care for adults living with CHD.

We look forward to sharing exciting announcements and updates next year as ACHD centers are both accredited and reaccredited. For an up-to-date list of accredited centers and more about the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, visit www.achaheart.org/accreditation.

Thank you to the following sponsor for supporting the
ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program: