Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, an estimated 5 million people have Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and, by 2030 more than 12 million people will require care for AF. The situation is even more alarming when you consider that AF is responsible for 20% of all reported strokes. The current annual cost of AF care in the U.S. is over $6 billion and over $26 billion when co-morbidities and indirect costs are considered.

We recognize that hospitals are looking for ways to improve their delivery of care to the rapidly increasing AF patient population. We are very excited to be able to offer the right tools, at the right time, for the right reasons.

The release of Atrial Fibrillation v3 is around the corner!

Join us for a preview of what's in store with Atrial Fibrillation v3.

Register for our June 22 webinar and learn more about the new features and benefits of this indispensable accreditation tool.

Accreditation Designations

AF v2 has two accreditation designations:

  • Atrial Fibrillation v2 Accreditation with EPS (for facilities that provide full electrophysiology and surgical services)
  • Atrial Fibrillation v2 Accreditation (for facilities that refer their patients to other facilities for electrophysiology and surgical services).

AF v2 is an Operational Model that Merges Evidence-Based Science and Process Improvement Across the Continuum of Care

AF v2 is the result of diligent work by nationally recognized physicians with expertise in emergency medicine, observation medicine, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, internal medicine, and cardiothoracic surgery. AF v2 incorporates AHA/ACC/HRS Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines and other evidence-based science, quality initiatives, and clinical best practices. AF v2 accreditation has incorporated the principles of Value-based Purchasing (VBP) to help facilities optimize patient outcomes and financial performance.

Features & Benefits of Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation

  • AF v2 Accreditation requires a site visit to your facility where you share with the ACC reviewer what your facility has done to improve the delivery of care to your AF patient population and where we share best practices and ideas from our experiences.
  • AF v2 Accreditation education requires a mandatory workshop to get you started on the right track and monthly Ask-the-Experts conference calls to help you along the way.
  • AF v2 Accreditation added a designation for those hospitals that offer full electrophysiology services to their patients – AF v2 Accreditation with EPS.
  • AF v2 Accreditation tools will be re-evaluated on a quarterly basis to ensure that they keep pace with the advancing science as reflected in published research and guidelines.

AF v2 Delivers Actionable Data to Support Clinical Decisions

  • The Accreditation Conformance Database (ACD) manages patient data and calculates performance measures based on recommendations from ACC/AHA/HRS Guidelines and clinical best practices
  • Process measures link patient outcomes and performance scores
  • Enables facilities/hospitals to measure and monitor their performance in the treatment of AF patients over time and across all transitions of care

AF v2 Essential Components Organize and Streamlines Process Improvement Efforts

Governance – Improve performance by effectively aligning people and services.
Community Outreach – Increase public awareness and community education initiatives; develop partnerships with primary and specialty health care providers, care facilities, local businesses, and employers; provide consultation services and support groups.
Pre-Acute Care – Integrate out-of-hospital interventions delivered by community healthcare providers and first responders.
Early Stabilization – Address immediate concerns in triage and perform initial activities related to risk assessment and stabilization.
Acute Care – Employ a multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach from observation (or admission) through discharge to ensure an appropriate LOS and optimal patient outcome.
Transitional Care – Prevent unnecessary re-admissions with established care coordination at discharge, including early follow-up care and patient/family education.
Clinical Quality Measures – Measure performance and outcomes related to thromboembolic and bleeding risk assessment, cardioversion, readmission, follow-up, and others; trend performance over time; use the data to improve quality.

Getting Started

In September 2013, a white paper and a Pocket Guide on the Evaluation and Management of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient was produced by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (now ACC Accreditation Services). We also raised awareness with articles in EP Lab Digest, featuring Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD., and Critical Pathways in Cardiology journals.

Voice of the Customer

open quoteOur facility decided to seek accreditation for AF because we had begun to see a huge increase in volume in instances of AF in our patient population.

Christine McIntyre
RN, BSN, MHA, Director of the Central Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute
Lexington, KY

We actually had the benefit of having an AF center and an AF coordinator along with some of our other disease management programs with heart failure and we were seeing instances of AF with heart failure patients as well. We saw it as an opportunity to align some of our processes to work toward evidence-based guidelines in all of our order sets and with our processes with our physicians. And it really helped us gain credibility with our physicians and our providers as well about what we are doing to try to increase awareness of patients with AF — the treatments, the processes around that — and really reduce the burden on the patient in the hospital.close quote

Got FIB? Fast, Irregular Beats?

If you experience FAST, IRREGULAR heartBEATS (FIB) it can be a warning sign that you need to seek immediate medical treatment. Early detection and treatment is critical for helping prevent your chance of experiencing a stroke. One of the types of atrial fibrillation (AF), known as nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), is the most common arrhythmia in adults. It is immportant that you, your family members, friends, and caregivers know these warning signs and seek early treatment. NVAF occurs when the electrical activity in your heart is disorganized and disrupts its normal, coordinated response. The heart has a number of special cells that send electrical signals to control your heart rate. When the electrical signals go haywire and disrupt the beat it causes the top two chambers of the heart (atria) to quiver (fibrillate) in a very fast and irregular manner. The atria then disturb the heart's main pumping chambers (ventricles) and cause your pulse to become irregular. This can cause blood to pool in the chambers of your heart which could lead to a blood clot. These blood clots have the potential to travel from your heart to the brain and cause a stroke. The term "nonvalvular" means that the condition is not due to a faulty or abnormal heart valve. Remember to ask yourself, "GOT FIB?"
Read an article that helps explain what non-valvular atrial fibrillation is and learn what strategies you can use to manage your condition.
If you are a provider, click here to read an article on how to help your patients better understand NVAF and set them up for success.