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    Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) Completes Review of Four Michigan Hospitals Seeking Accreditation for Elective PCI

    Review Fulfills State of Michigan Certificate of Need (CON) Requirement for Performing Elective PCI Without Onsite Surgical Capabilities


    Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) has completed a review of applications from four Michigan hospitals seeking accreditation for elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): Holland Hospital in Holland, Huron Valley Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, and Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. The application process is the first step in fulfilling state requirements for facilities offering elective PCI without onsite open-heart surgery. ACE has already approved the applications from Holland and Huron Valley Sinai Hospitals, and expects to accredit the other two hospitals shortly.

    In September 2015, ACE was named by the State of Michigan to provide accreditation for specific types of cardiac catheterization services in the state. The approval followed a determination by the Michigan Department of Community Health Certificate of Need (CON) Review Standards that certain facilities providing elective PCI services, which seek a waiver from state regulations requiring onsite availability of open-heart surgery, “shall have Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) accreditation or an equivalent body perform an on-site review within 3, 6, and 12 months after implementation.”

    “ACE accreditation is an important distinction for community hospitals performing elective PCI without onsite backup surgery, as it demonstrates compliance with state regulations and national standards for documentation and quality criteria,” commented Charles E. Chambers, MD, MSCAI, past president for the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Professor of Medicine and Radiology and Board Chair of ACE. “We are pleased to see these four facilities taking the first step in their accreditation journey, as it will ultimately benefit their respective communities.”

    The Michigan legislation is similar to the selection of ACE by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2014. The Commonwealth directed Pennsylvania facilities that perform elective PCI procedures without onsite surgery to gain accreditation meeting ACE standards as a means to secure a waiver from state requirements for onsite surgical services.

    “We are proud to be recognized by the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania as the leader in setting national standard criteria for cardiac catheterization laboratories, and for providing expert guidance to state regulatory departments on meeting those standards,” stated ACE Chief Medical Officer Bonnie H. Weiner, M.D., MSEC, MBA. “ACE accreditation uniquely helps to reduce the complexity of documentation and standardization, allowing cardiac catheterization laboratories to focus on quality indicators, resulting in cost-effective programs that mitigate risk.”

    Facilities seeking ACE accreditation and reaccreditation can obtain more information and complete the application process at http://www.cvexcel.org.

    About Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence

    ACE is the leader in and the only provider of full accreditation for facilities that provide cardiovascular care. We have unique and proven experience in accrediting large hospital systems[2] and peer-reviewed data on improving outcomes in cardiac catheterization laboratories.[3] Cardiac cath lab accreditation is our business, and we are an independent organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). ACE quality review and accreditation services play a critical role in continuous quality improvement programs, structured reporting and documentation. Join us. Learn more at http://www.cvexcel.org.


    /1/ http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Approved_Commission_Min_6_11_15_501969_7.pdf 
    /2/ http://www.cathlabdigest.com/article/First-Ever-Cardiac-Catheterization-Lab-Accreditation-Program-Hospital-System 
    /3/ http://www.dicardiology.com/article/defining-value-cardiac-catheterization-lab-accreditation