A new collaboration between the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) is being developed with the help of a Wayne State University School of Medicine professor of emergency medicine.
Starting in 2017, the collaboration, which is led by Wayne State’s Phillip Levy, of Farmington Hills, will provide hospitals with a suite of co-branded accreditation cardiac care services that focus on chest pain, cardiac catheterization, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and more.
The services will aim to help hospitals and institutions integrate evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical best practices, and the organization’s latest guidelines into their cardiovascular care processes.
“By combining forces to promote accreditation services, the ACC and the AHA will be well-positioned to achieve a shared vision where data is used to inform best practices, and best practices are used to guide care, every time,” Levy says.
The group will also work to identify and recognize high-performing and complex cardiovascular service lines across the nation to provide benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders.
Levy’s involvement in standardizing processes and promoting best practices through accreditation started in 2004 when he joined the Society of Chest Pain Centers. He was president-elect of the organization in 2015, when discussions to merge with the ACC began. He led the merger team, and became chair of the subsequently formed Accreditation Management Board, a post he will hold for three years.
He also sits on the AHA subcommittee, which is responsible for developing the broader, hospital-based cardiovascular center accreditation.
In addition to undergraduate medical education, Wayne State University School of Medicine, founded in 1868, offers master’s degree, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students annually.
Wayne State offers more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.