Hospital Certification for Optimizing Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Quality of Care and Outcomes

Published: November 12, 2010

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  • Hospital accreditation, recognition, and certification programs currently exist, but do not comprehensively address cardiovascular disease and stroke care.
  • Organizations that provide these programs include The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US News & World Report, HealthGrades, Leapfrog, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
  • Current evidence suggests mixed results for correlation of these programs to hospital performance, including quality of care and outcomes.