ACC Announces New Transcatheter Valve Certification

Certification uses STS/ACC TVT Registry to help hospitals identify quality improvement opportunities, optimize outcomes

The ACC will offer a new Transcatheter Valve Certification to assist hospitals performing transcatheter valve repair and replacement in implementing best practices and identifying quality improvement opportunities. The new certification, announced March 13 at the inaugural ACC Quality Summit: NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session & Expo in New Orleans, will launch in mid-2019.

ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that will guide hospitals in meeting standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance. Hospitals must participate in an established national clinical database, such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry, to achieve the Transcatheter Valve Certification. The certification will use established national clinical measure data to support clinical decisions and link process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification will learn best practices for implementing evidence-based medicine to support decision-making in the care of individual patients and will be able to track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement.

“ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification tool merges the latest science and process improvement methodologies,” says Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “This certification incorporates recent guidelines and expert consensus statements regarding the care of patients requiring transcatheter valve therapies.”

Learn more about the Transcatheter Valve Certification and other accreditations available through ACC Accreditation Services at For additional ACC Quality Summit news, visit

Keywords: Quality Improvement, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Accreditation, Certification, Registries, Evidence-Based Medicine, National Cardiovascular Data Registries, STS/ACC TVT Registry, Quality Summit

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