Abstract W P292: A Comparative Analysis of the Requirements for Certification of Stroke Programs, by Type and by Nationally Recognized Certifying Body
Background and Purpose: There are currently three main, nationally recognized organizations that certify facilities as primary or comprehensive stroke centers. One of these organizations also offers a “Stroke Ready” designation. While each of these organizations share many of the same requirements, there are likewise many unique requirements between certifying bodies with respect to the certification requirements, process, performance, and on-going expectations. All should be considered when choosing a partner for certification by organizations that are committed to achieving an appropriate level of certification as determined by clinical capabilities. Differences in core measure requirements and definitions, data collection expectations and re-certification cycles among other factors are often overlooked when stroke program leaders are identifying the best certification partner for their particular organization. This poster will detail the similarities and differences among the various stroke program certifying organizations and present a detailed methodology to assist program leaders with the partner selection process.
Methods: The three stroke program certifying organizations were examined for review cycles, levels of certification offered, requirements related to hospital certifications, and reportable core measures. Other factors such as cost, the actual certification process, and other considerations that may impact the successful achievement of certification within a particular organization were also reviewed.
Results/Conclusion: While there are many similarities in the stroke center certification requirements and processes among the three certifying organizations, there are also significant differences. In order to ensure that the end product of a journey to certification will align with a hospital’s values, budget, and vision for the stroke program, an evaluation process in advance of certifying body selection is essential. Awareness of the similarities and differences among the stroke certification organizations can facilitate a hospital’s decision-making process for pursuit of certification as a stroke ready center, primary stroke center or comprehensive stroke center
Author Disclosures: S. Lang: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.