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PHCC Initiative Mission Statement

 

The purpose of the PHA-Accredited Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC) initiative is to establish a program of accredited centers with expertise in pulmonary hypertension that aspires to improve overall quality of care and ultimately improve outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare and life-threatening group of diseases.

Why the Need for Accreditation?

Despite the availability and success of PAH-targeted therapeutic options over the past two decades, there are still shortcomings with the diagnosis and management of PAH. One recent study observed that expert recommended diagnostic algorithms were not being followed to completion in up to 94% of PAH patients, and nearly 60% of PAH referrals to expert centers already on therapy were on so contrary to published guidelines. In addition, despite the available medical therapies, long-term outcomes are still not optimal as many patients still die from PH, require transplantation or require hospitalization.

PH Care Centers: What You Need to Know

PHA plans for the phase-in of accreditation of PH Care Centers to be completed over the next three to four years, with the application process expected to open in late June 2014. Two types of centers will be accredited: Centers of Comprehensive Care (CCC) and Regional Clinical Programs (RCP). Learn more about the PH Care Centers initiative:

 

Raising the Level of Care

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Patients are better informed about comprehensive PH care
  • Patients have improved access to Centers with expertise in PH
  • Patients experience less time between symptom onset and diagnosis
  • A medical community better informed about standards of PH care
  • Therapeutic modalities are appropriately used to improve long-term outcomes
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration between Centers for clinical care and PH research

Prepare for your Application

To prepare for your PHCC Application, download the PHCC Pre-Application Packet (.zip) today.

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to get the latest updates on the PHCC intiative, contact us at Medical@PHAssociation.org.

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