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CIHQ is a member-based organization comprised of hospitals
and other healthcare entities throughout the United States.
Disease Specific Certification
Disease specific certification is designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to targeted patient populations The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) currently offers certification in four areas:
  1. Heart Failure
    The standards for disease specific certification in heart failure are based on the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines®" for heart failure.
  2. Joint Replacement Surgery
    The standards for disease specific certification for joint replacement surgery are based on recommendations by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the National Institute of Health.
  3. Comprehensive Stroke Center
    The standards for disease specific certification for a comprehensive stroke center are based on the latest recommendations for the establishment of Primary Stroke Centers by the Brain Attack Coalition, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
  4. Stroke Ready Hospital
    The standards for disease specific certification for a stroke ready hospital are based on the article: “Formation and Function of Acute Stroke–Ready Hospitals within a Stroke System of Care. Recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition.” Stroke. 2013
Download the disease specific standards and policies.

Disease specific certification(s) is not a separate and distinct survey activity. Rather, it is integrated into the hospital's accreditation survey. Certification standards are a set of focused requirements that a hospital must meet in addition to the accreditation standards.

A certification(s) survey occurs during the hospital accreditation survey. Assessment of compliance to certification standards is interwoven into the accreditation survey activities. In some cases, the overall length of the survey and/or the number of surveyors may be expanded in order to accomplish this function. If a hospital wishes to apply for disease specific certification, and have a focused survey outside of its initial or triennial accreditation survey, then CIHQ will work with the organization to develop a specific agenda and survey.

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P.O. Box 3620
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 866-324-5080 | Fax: 805-934-8588

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