Monday, October 22
10:15 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23
10:15 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 24
10:15 am – 2:30 pm
Don't miss the Centers of Excellence, an area in the Clinical Resource Center where specially selected presenters will showcase the characteristics and practices that make them unique among health-care providers. Handouts will be available to use as guides for replicating the programs showcased.
Q: What are Centers of Excellence?
A: Centers of Excellence (COEs) are hospitals, non-hospital-based medical practices, or other organizations recognized by colleagues, medical publications, and professional groups as having unique and innovative programs and services that promote best practices in patient care, quality, safety, or education. Each year, the COEs are selected primarily from the geographic location of the annual CHEST meeting (Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012; Chicago, Illinois, in 2013).
Q: What Is a best practice?
A: A best practice is defined as a method or process shown to be more effective at delivering a more positive clinical outcome than others.
Hospitals and Non-Hospital-Based Medical Practices
Q: How are hospitals and non-hospital-based medical practices selected to participate as a COE and best practices?
A: Hospitals or non-hospital-based medical practices must fulfill criteria for selection determined by the Education Committee of the ACCP.
Q: What are some examples of COEs and/or best practices?
A: COEs are area hospitals recognized by the medical community for providing outstanding and innovative patient care with demonstrable outcomes or by organizations, such as the Leapfrog Group or the Joint Commission, for outstanding performance in patient safety and quality care. If area hospitals are not selected, others may be invited to participate from different locations.
Best practice in a non-hospital venue could include private practices that specialize in caring for patients with pulmonary diseases and/or cardiovascular diseases or providing activities, such as homecare services, that result in increased adherence to prescribed care. Another best practice might include interactive simulation education conducted by the ACCP, which is not a medical procedure but a unique educational strategy for medical professionals. Disease states and medical conditions represented in the COE include COPD, asthma, PAH, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, sepsis, and others.
Q: How will hospitals and practices be informed of the opportunity to apply for participation in the COE at CHEST?
A: Communication to ACCP members and announcements in ACCP NewsBrief, CHEST Physician, and on the ACCP website will promote the opportunity. Additionally, hospitals and practices may be nominated by ACCP NetWorks and ACCP leaders, based on their knowledge of the outstanding accomplishments of these entities. Alternatively, organizations may nominate themselves.
Q: Why would a hospital or medical practice want to be designated as a COE and best practice?
A: This offers participants an opportunity to (1) receive recognition at a national meeting for outstanding accomplishments; (2) recruit clinicians to their organizations; (3) have their representatives network with other professionals at CHEST; and (4) recruit for clinical trials.
The hospital or medical practice judged to be the most outstanding COE will receive an award and be recognized by the ACCP on its website, on site signage, and in publications following CHEST 2012.
Q: Will hospitals and/or best practices receive financial support?
A: The ACCP will provide carpet, tables, and pipe and drape for each COE location. Additional logistical support will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.