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    Pennsylvania Recognizes ACE Accreditation for Cath Labs Without Onsite Surgical Backup

    March 28, 2014

    This content is from the Spring 2014 issue of SCAI News & Highlights.

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    This winter, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) recognized Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) as the Commonwealth’s only approved accreditation agency for Pennsylvania cardiac cath lab facilities that wish to provide elective PCI services without onsite open-heart surgery programs. ACE has been providing expert guidance to state regulatory departments on standard criteria for cardiac catheterization laboratories since 2010.

    “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the first state to raise the banner of advocacy for PCI patients who are undergoing elective PCI in hospitals without onsite surgery,” said Bonnie H. Weiner, M.D., MSEC, MBA, FSCAI, chief medical officer for ACE.  “This means that Pennsylvania facilities without onsite surgery must be accredited by an accreditation agency with standards at least equal to those of ACE in order to perform elective PCI. We are very pleased that ACE standards are being held up as the standard for quality in Pennsylvania and are hopeful that other states will follow its lead.”

    The Commonwealth’s new policy was launched by PADOH. Their new policy  identifies the need “to ensure the delivery of safe, quality healthcare…. to support development of new evolving programs while minimizing risk associated with new technology, newly trained operators and support staff.” The policy can be accessed at https:// www.haponline.org/Portals/0/ docs/Downloads/HAP/HAP-PCI- policy-final-January-2014.pdf).

    “This will support the efforts of Pennsylvania facilities to deliver the highest quality invasive cardiovascular care for their patients,” said Dr. Weiner. ACE delivers customized programs to help facilities comply with documentation to meet appropriate use criteria while elevating the performance of the facility and integrating standardized care. ACE reduces complexity to focus on vital quality indicators, resulting in cost-effective programs that mitigate risk.  ACE is an independent organization sponsored by SCAI and ACCF. For more information about ACE services, visit http://www.cvexcel.org.