Application Process

PHCC Application Procedure

Applications for PH Care Centers accreditation are expected to become available in June 2014. Centers will complete an application that will assess the program in five areas: Center Director, Center Coordinator, Program Staff & Support Services, Facility and Clinical Research.

  1. Online Application Submission. PH programs interested in applying for accreditation by the PHCC initiative should first submit an application from the soon-to-be available application portal. The application is robust, which will allow the site reviewers to understand the context and competence of the PH care provided by your program. A detailed "Instructions for Applicants" document will be available during the open application period and will guide you through the process. Prior to the open application period, a number of template documents are included in a "Pre-launch Packet" and are available for you to use directly or modify as you feel appropriate. If at any point you have questions about the application process, you may contact PHA directly at Medical@PHAssociation.org.
  2. Online Application Reviewed. To ensure that all components of your application have been completed, after submission your application will be reviewed by PHA staff members. Your application will be acknowledged within 2 business days and your program will be identified on the PHCC website as "Application Submitted." After a review for completion, PHA staff members will contact you to begin the site review scheduling process.
  3. Site Review. After your application has been received in full, a site review will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for integral members of your program. Two members of the PHCC Review Committee, a physician and a non-physician coordinator with extensive experience in PH diagnosis and management, will travel to your center to complete a day-long site visit. These site visits can vary, but the schedule will likely be similar to the outline below:

    8:00-8:45AM

    Meeting with Program Leadership

    • Introductions
    • Review Agenda
    • Program Overview Presentation by Applicant Leadership
    8:45-9:15AM Individual Meetings with Program Director and Program Coordinator
    9:15-9:45AM Electronic Medical Record Orientation and Chart Review
    9:45-10:00AM Interview with Clinical Research Support Staff
    10:00-11:00AM Chart Review
    11:15-11:30AM Hospital Administrator Interview
    11:30AM-12:00PM Visit to Inpatient Ward and Interview with Program Inpatient Support Team (PAH Clinical Specialist, Nursing Staff, Inpatient Pharmacist)
    12:00-1:00pm Lunch with Site Team
    1:00-1:15PM Interview with Patient
    1:30-2:00PM Visit to Outpatient Clinic and Interview with Program Outpatient Support Team (PH Support Staff, Respiratory Therapy/Pulmonary Rehabilitation)
    2:00-3:00PM Site Visitor Document Review and Program Discussion
    3:00-3:30PM Wrap-up Meeting with the Program Medical Director and Coordinator to Give Immediate Feedback
  4. Accreditation Decision. After your site visit, the PHCC Review Committee will review documents from your application and notes from the site review. These will be considered in aggregate during the Review Committee's deliberations.

Prepare for your Application

To prepare for your PHCC Application, members of the PHCC Leadership have prepared a Pre-Application Packet for you to download. This packet contains:

  • PHCC Criteria List (for CCCs and RCPs Adult Programs)
  • PHCC Draft Application
  • Accreditation Fee Schedule
  • How to Approach Your Institution
  • Roll-Out Schedule
  • Tip Sheet from Pilot Sites
  • Business Associates Agreement Template
  • Scope of Work Template
  • Institutional Letter of Support Template
  • General Letter of Support Template
  • PAH/CTEPH Patient Roster Template

Download the PHCC Pre-Application Packet (.zip) today.

Last Updated: June 6, 2014

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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