The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the nation’s leading professional body for emergency physicians and sets the standard for emergency medical care. We believe it is our duty to provide our members with best practices for their patients. It is also our duty to provide the public with the best care that meets their needs and to provide the public assurance that the emergency department (ED) they visit will provide quality care. To that end, ACEP created the following accreditation programs to improve the quality of acute care to patients.
When you choose accreditation, you are choosing to pursue a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of care that will help attract more patients and elevate your institution— providing a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program (CUAP)
The use of ultrasound in emergency medicine has increased dramatically over the past several decades.
As the use of ultrasound has become mainstream in emergency medicine, a need has emerged to promulgate and support standards. The purpose of this emergency ultrasound accreditation body is to ensure that an entity with understanding of emergency ultrasound provides leadership in continuous quality management and patient safety, communication, responsibility, and clarity regarding the use of clinical ultrasound. Accreditation ensures that safe, quality examinations are performed in any ED that utilizes clinical, point-of-care ultrasound.
Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA)
20 million seniors visit our nation’s EDs. With the number of older adults growing rapidly, there is a critical need for more geriatric-focused care.
In the interest of advancing clinical care in emergency medicine, transparency for the public, and improved care for our geriatric population, ACEP instituted the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program. Geriatric EDs promote best clinical practices for older adults and have the potential to improve health outcomes, coordinate care more effectively, and reduce cost of care.
Pain and Addiction Care in the ED (PACED)
More than 2 million Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs.
Emergency department clinicians are in a unique position to treat acute pain by providing optimal analgesia, educating patients, and combatting the opioid epidemic. ACEP seeks to improve acute pain management for patients in the ED and recognizes the need for prompt, safe, and effective pain management. The primary aim of this program is to accelerate the transfer of knowledge about acute pain management and secure appropriate resources to care for patients.
Free-Standing Emergency Centers (FSEC)
Accredited centers will be in the best position to be approved to participate in Medicare.
Free-Standing accreditation demonstrates to the public, purchasers, and payers, that patients can expect a comparable level of safe and quality care in an FSEC that would be expected in a hospital-based emergency department.
Give your team the validation and recognition of earning accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians and show your patients you’re committed to providing consistent quality care.