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ACC to offer new certification for transcatheter valve repair, replacement


The American College of Cardiology announced at its ACC Quality Summit in New Orleans that it will offer a Transcatheter Valve Certification to assist hospitals that perform transcatheter valve repair and replacement.

The certification is an external review process that will allow hospitals to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision making, and registry performance. During the certification process, hospitals will learn best practices for implementing evidence-based medicine in the care of individual patients and identify quality improvement opportunities.

The Transcatheter Valve Certification will be launched in mid-2019. To earn the certification, hospitals must already participate in an established national clinical database.

ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification tool merges the latest science and process improvement methodologies. This certification incorporates recent guidelines and expert consensus statements regarding the care of patients requiring transcatheter valve therapies,” Phillip D. Levy, MD, chair of the ACC accreditation management board, said in a press release.

Find the full press release on the ACC website.

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