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ACS Accreditation and Verification Programs Grant One Year Extensions

Wednesday, March 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chevonna Nimmons
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The American College of Surgeons has been closely monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the work of our front-line providers and systems of care. We are especially connected with hospitals that have made the commitment to Quality by participating in one or more of the ACS verification/accreditation programs. During this difficult time, we are continuously reviewing what we can do to help you.

 

The College is granting an extension of one year for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing, in any of the ACS programs:

  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC)
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
  • Trauma Verification (Trauma VRC)

We know hospitals are diverting resources, limiting visitors, and placing mandatory travel bans on their staff. This one-year extension will alleviate the time and effort usually required in the preparation for an onsite review.  We anticipate resuming site visits when it seems appropriate.

From all of us at ACS, thank you for all you are doing for your patients, providers, families and communities. We appreciate your commitment to our quality programs. If you have any specific questions on how this will affect your hospital, please review the below details and contact information for your program.

 

For centers participating in our Trauma Verification program, this means all onsite visits scheduled from March through the remainder of 2020 will be postponed by as long as one year. We will also work with programs pursuing initial verification to schedule site visits beginning early next year. Centers pending focused visits, (either onsite or by mail,) will be contacted by ACS staff for next steps. Trauma Verification staff will contact you once this crisis has subsided to schedule your site visit.

 

In addition, all programs due for a site visit in 2021, 2022 and 2023 will be pushed back to allow adequate time to fully recover from this crisis and return to regular program operations.

The verification status of all programs will be maintained during this time. We understand normal trauma program operations might be disrupted at this time. Where standards cannot be met due to these disruptions, we will maintain some flexibility in the application of the standard(s).

 

Our goal is to support you during this challenging time and eliminate any burden that maintaining verification might pose on you; including site visits. We appreciate your commitment to our Trauma Verification program and to your patients and wish you well during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please contact Trauma Verification staff at COTVRC@facs.org.


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