Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) announces the launch of an Advanced Wound Care Certification program, designed to enable wound care centers to showcase their specialty services to patients and payors.

“Wound care centers employ advanced therapies to address the unique physiological conditions preventing each wound from healing,” says Elizabeth Ketchem, RN, CWS, HFAP Wound Care Technical Advisory Group member, of Deaconess Health System, Evansville, Ind, in a media release.

“Many healthcare organizations with wound centers seek certification to demonstrate their commitment to patient safety and high-quality, specialized services.”

While a certification is not required by payors, achieving HFAP’s Advanced Wound Care Certification will set a center apart from competitors, creating a distinct marketing advantage, according to the release.

To become HFAP-certified, a wound care program must meet standards demonstrating that it:

· Organizes service delivery structures toward advanced levels of care
· Drives the adoption of practices that improve outcomes and reduce risk
· Benchmarks performance to place data in a meaningful context
· Commits to continuous improvement
· Provides staff with an opportunity to build skills and receive recognition for achievement
· Maintains community partnerships

The HFAP program offers two options for certification: Advanced Wound Care Certification and Advanced Wound Care Certification with Distinction. Organizations that offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy and inpatient and/or mobile wound care services are eligible for certification with distinction.

For more information, visit HFAP.

[Source: HFAP]