Disease Specific Certification
 

Disease Specific Certification Programs

Disease specific certification (DSC) 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 to accredited hospitals in the following areas: Click on the links below to see the policies, standard, and the survey process for each DSC. DSC programs are available to any hospital regardless of their accreditor.

Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

Acute stroke ready hospital certification is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to stroke patient populations hospitals that do not have primary or comprehensive stroke center capability. Standards are based on recommendations from the “Formation and Function of Acute Stroke–Ready Hospitals within a Stroke System of Care”, by the Brain Attack Coalition, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Primary Stroke Center

Primary stroke center certification is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to stroke patient populations. The standards for disease specific certification for a primary stroke center are based primarily on the most recent iteration of the “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” by the Brain Attack Coalition, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center

Thrombectomy capable stroke center certification is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to stroke patient populations. The standards for disease specific certification for a thrombectomy capable stroke center are based primarily on targeted standards in the most recent iterations of the “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers”, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the Brain Attack Coalition, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Comprehensive stroke center certification is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to stroke patient populations. The standards for disease specific certification for a comprehensive stroke center are based on the most recent iteration of the “Recommendations for the Establishment of Comprehensive Stroke Centers” by the Brain Attack Coalition, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association”.

Heart Failure

This is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to patients in heart failure. The standards for disease specific certification in heart failure are based on the most recent recommendations from the American Heart Association “Get with the Guidelines®“.

Joint Replacement Surgery

This is a disease specific certification designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based best practice to patients undergoing major joint replacement procedures. 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.