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Atrial Fibrillation - Why Pursue Certification?



Atrial Fibrillation (a-fib) is recognized as the most common cardiac rhythm irregularity and rapidly becoming an epidemic in the United States. There are currently 2.2 million cases of a-fib in the U.S. with 160,000 new cases reported annually.


As the Medicare population continues to grow, the prevalence of a-fib will as well. Along with this growth, the cost of treating these patients will increase, placing a strain on Medicare health services. As the primary payer for a-fib, Medicare pays an estimated $15.7 billion each year to treat newly-diagnosed patients.


The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is a recognized leader in assisting medical facilities to improve and streamline their clinical processes, adopt best practices, and implement new ideas to ensure the highest quality of care for patients suffering with ACS, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and other related coronary diseases.


SCPC takes a-fib very seriously. Having extensive experience with cardiovascular diseases along with both education and accreditation, the development of a certification process for a-fib seemed a natural fit. Modeled after the same process improvement-based accreditations for both chest pain centers and heart failure, a-fib certification offers the following benefits:


  • Certification will help facilities better coordinate the expensive and recurring array of health services used by a-fib patients including extended and repeated hospital admissions and multiple emergency visits.
  • A-fib certification will provide the tools to analyze and compare a facility’s practice with clinical guidelines and standards.
  • Certification demonstrates to health leaders that hospitals who become certified are dedicated to reducing costs, improving care, and “getting into rhythm” the multiple methods used to treat this disease.


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