Improving outcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients through disease specific care certification

Terri Ginn Lemon

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans, accounting for over 800,000 deaths in 2008. Improving a hospital's performance by obtaining and maintaining The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification is one method of impacting acute coronary syndrome patient outcomes. The purpose of this capstone project was to provide consultation services to ready the cardiology division of a large community hospital in south Mississippi for the process of obtaining Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in the area of acute coronary syndrome. The activities of the consultation included facilitating an examination of the current organization of ACS patient care; reviewing core and performance measure data collected by the hospital for ACS patients; identifying variances in care and practice; and selecting performance measures to support the certification process. The consultation results included creating performance improvement plans to correct variances in care and practice; developing a more comprehensive staff, patient, and community education process; and addressing each component of The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification requirements and site review. The consultation was conducted with the Outcomes Coordinator of the study hospital's cardiology division.