The PHA-Accredited PH Care Centers (PHCC) program is a new initiative of PHA's Scientific Leadership Council to create a program for accrediting programs in the United States to raise the level of care for pulmonary hypertension patients. Accreditation will be based on a Center’s overall commitment to PH patients, breadth of healthcare professionals involved, and scope of services provided.
How to Find a PH Specialist During Phase-In of the PHCC Program
PHA expects the implemenation process for phase-in of accreditation of Centers to be carried out over the next three to four years, during which you will be able find newly accredited Centers listed here. During the phase-in process, PHA's Find a Doctor and Find a Pediatrician directories will continue to be available to you to find a PH specialist.
How PH Care Centers Are Expected to Improve Your Medical Care
- The time between symptom onset and diagnosis will decrease
- Patients wlll be better informed about different levels of care
- Centers with expertise will see more rapid referrals
- Centers will emphasize standards of care to the medial community
- Prescribed therapies will be more appropriate to improve long-term outcomes, including reduction of clinical events
- Medical professionals will push their institutions to obtain PHCC status and raise the standard of care
- The PH field will see more PAH research and opportunities for collaboration between Centers
The Two Types of Centers
Two types of centers will be accredited: Centers of Comprehensive Care (CCC) and Regional Clinical Programs (RCP). Both accredited CCCs and RCPs will have demonstrated a commitment to providing expert-level care based on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) consensus guidelines.
Centers of Comprehensive Care
A PHA-Accredited Center of Comprehensive Care is a highly organized center proficient in providing evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of PAH with intravenous, subcutaneous, inhaled and oral targeted therapies and leading the field in contributions to the research community.
Regional Clinical Programs
A PHA-Accredited Regional Clinical Program will provide top-level diagnosis and management of PAH with most of the available targeted therapies and work closely with regional Centers of Comprehensive Care to co-manage more advanced patients who are in need of more complex PAH interventions.
If you have any questions or would like to get the latest updates on the PHCC intiative, contact us at Medical@PHAssociation.org.