Heart Failure v3 Accreditation

The new Heart Failure v3 is an operational model for facilities to plan and organize the delivery of care in a systematic manner that supports adherence to evidence-based guidelines and quality initiatives. ACC accreditation incorporates the principles of Value-based Purchasing (VBP) to help facilities achieve optimal financial, quality, and patient satisfaction outcomes.

Accreditation Overview

HF v3 is the result of exemplary work by globally recognized clinical experts in Heart Failure. HF v3 incorporates AHA/ACC Heart Failure Guidelines and other evidence-based initiatives that have been proven through science and research.

HF v3 is for hospitals interested in:

  • Creating a successful HF disease management program
  • Reducing HF readmissions
  • Managing HF more effectively in both the pre-hospital and Emergency Department settings in order to reduce delays in treatment
  • Improving patient satisfaction scores
  • Engaged care coordination of the multidisciplinary team across the entire care continuum
  • Reducing CMS penalties associated with VBP

HF v3 Accreditation includes the indispensable Accreditation Conformance Database (ACD). Designed for clinicians by clinicians, HF v3 keeps patient flow at the center of data aggregation. A vast range of clinical scenarios, metrics and process drill-downs show you everything from population length-of-stay and readmission rates to Emergency Department throughput, specific provider type care measures, rate of consults and much more. Not only will you be able to see these data elements presented for your entire heart failure population but also through the presentation of individual patient encounters.

This accreditation is meant to not only facilitate end user success, but more importantly, to increase your organization's return on investment. HF v3's Calculated Measures offer access to the patient level data you need to make the directed interventions that count.

Heart Failure v3 Designations

Heart Failure v3: This accreditation is for facilities that must transfer/refer patients that require heart transplant or other more advanced types of mechanical circulatory support.

Advanced HF v3: This accreditation designation has been established for facilities that demonstrate management of advanced heart failure; this may include heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support. These facilities must have an identified HF Specialist provider and meet other specific mandatory criteria.


Benefits & Features of Heart Failure Accreditation

Enhanced Guidance, Improved Outcomes

  • Better identification and defined referral process of patients requiring advanced therapy
  • Increased resources within all Guidance Statements and References
  • Additional clinical guidance regarding appropriate use of Observation Services
  • Focused data utilization to reduce 30-day readmissions, improve patient satisfaction, decrease length-of-stay and inpatient mortality

Heart Failure v3 Delivers Results

  • 70% better coordination of HF patients along the continuum of care
  • 53% increased knowledge and the benefit of process improvement activities in the facility
  • 52% increased operational efficiencies in the care of the HF patient
  • 48% improved patient throughput
  • 47% improved integration of the facility's teams and departments
  • 43% decreased 30-day return rates
  • 26% increased community awareness of HF symptoms
  • 17% improved CMS quality indicators

Heart Failure v3 Delivers Actionable Data

  • On-demand access to over 40 calculated measures across the continuum of care
  • Performance metrics track the quality of care delivered and opportunities for improvement
  • Links process improvement to patient outcomes and performance scores

Heart Failure v3 Essential Components Organize and Streamlines Process Improvement Efforts

Governance – Implement proven practices to orchestrate, monitor, and optimize clinical processes, including how to organize a multidisciplinary care team.
Community Outreach –Increase public awareness and affect behavior with education, website content, public service announcements, and partnerships with local businesses, employers, and healthcare providers.
Pre-Hospital Care – Integrate out-of-hospital interventions delivered by community healthcare providers and first responders.
Early Stabilization –Speed diagnosis and treatment to mitigate life-threatening conditions. Improve risk stratification and patient flow, including those in the observation setting.
Acute Care – Employ a multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach from admission through discharge. Utilization of standardized order sets; visibility into length-of-stay (LOS) and optimal patient outcomes.
Transitional Care – Prevent unnecessary readmissions with established care coordination at discharge, including early follow-up care and patient/family education.
Clinical Quality Measures – Track the entire process from patient presentation through discharge and follow-up care to identify problem areas, duplication of efforts, or wasted resources.

The Collaborative Approach

ACC's approach to Heart Failure (HF) Accreditation is radically different from others that set specifications and measure compliance. ACC's Review Specialists take a collaborative approach by providing feedback, education and resources to assist the facility in addressing gaps and improving processes.

  • To get started on the right track, HF v3 Accreditation mandates attendance at an educational workshop and recommends participation in monthly Ask-the-Experts conference calls to help you along the way.
  • HF v3 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 HF patient population and where we share best practices and ideas from our experiences.
  • HF v3 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.

Next Steps

Ready to move forward? The best way to begin is to:

From the Desk of the HF v3 Accreditation Comittee Chair

open quote. . . HF v3 will give you the tools you need to improve . . .

Garrie Haas, MD
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University

The development of the HF v3 tool was founded in science, best practices and the clinical expertise of our entire writing committee. This tool encompasses all of the necessary pieces, processes and components needed to create, develop, improve upon or sustain a successful HF program. Through a foundation of guideline-driven medical therapy that spans the entire care continuum, the education and resources are a true roadmap for improved patient care delivery and outcomes. The utilization of patient-level, heart-failure-specific data and measures is like nothing else available in any other registry or database. Whether you are part of a large academic transplant center or a small community referral center HF v3 will give you the tools you need to improve upon all outcomes both financial and most importantly the length and quality of life of the patients you serve.close quote