AACVPR Program Certification

The AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies.

Beginning with the 2018 Program Certification application, AACVPR will be moving to more of an outcomes-based process with the measurement of more meaningful outcomes. The new Performance Measures will highlight this change. 

Program Certification News

Program Certification results for the 2018 application cycle have been distributed. Those programs given the option to participate in the Remediation Process can refer to the timeline below. 

  • September 17-19, 2018: Programs will be contacted by their assigned reviewers using the chat feature though the certification dashboard. The primary and secondary contact will receive an email. *All communications between programs and remediators will be through the application only.
  • September 21, 2018 :Deadline for programs to send a response through the application to their remediator.
  • October 1, 2018: Remediation Payments Due. Payments can be made by credit card on the application.
  • October 19, 2018: All reviewers will have their decisions made and submitted to the Program Leadership Committee. *Programs will have access to submit documents and have them reviewed for comments throughout the remediation process.
  • December 31, 2018:  All programs will receive electronic communications on the decision of their remediation.*The Program Leadership Committee will make every effort to return all decisions prior to the December 31, 2018 deadline date.

The Program Certification Leadership is introducing a new requirement to maintain certification status beginning in May 2018. The introduction of the “Annual Report” will help ensure each program certified through AACVPR has up-to-date information and tools needed to maintain the current standards required for certification. 

The Annual Report process is required for several reasons, including:

  • To attest to continued compliance with all AACVPR Program Certification requirements
  • To keep AACVPR-certified programs continually aware of the current Program Certification application requirements
  • To provide organizations the opportunity to update demographic and contact information prior to the actual application period. By maintaining current information, AACVPR will be able to communicate effectively with your organization about Program Certification.

The implementation of the Annual Report will only affect one years’ worth of certified programs, i.e. those programs who are due to recertify in 2019. This requirement does not have any cost but will be a mandatory component to remain certified. AACVPR Program Certification Leadership will provide numerous tutorial documents for those programs that are not familiar with the new application platform.

Annual Report forms will be available May 7, 2018 and is to be completed by July 31, 2018, via the application portal. To access the application portal on May 7th, make sure you are signed in to your AACVPR account and click the "My Programs" button on the top of the page. Once in "My Programs", click into your facility's application. 

Please click here for tutorial documents on navigating the annual report. 


The 2019 draft application is now available. Please click into the "Quick Links" section to review both the cardiac and pulmonary draft applications. 
  • 2019 Application fees

    Certification for AACVPR Member: $795
    Re-certification for AACVPR Member: $680
    Certification for Non-Member: $920
    Re-certification for Non-Member: $810
     

    To receive member pricing, an AACVPR member must be included on your roster as a Certification Primary or Secondary contact. Please fill out the Primary Contact Form in the quick links above. 


    Important Dates for the 2019 Program Certification Cycle

    • December 1, 2018: Application opens
    • February 28, 2019: Completed applications and payments due
    • March - May 2019: Program Certification Committee Review Team completes initial application review 
    • June - August 2019: Program Certification Committee Chair and Board Liaison oversight review; and Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) testing
    • August 31, 2019: Letters sent notifying programs of application decisions

     

    Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

      

    The AACVPR 2018 Program Certification application has closed. 

    Need help navigating this year's new application system? We encourage you to view the brief PowerPoint tutorial to familiarize yourself with the process prior to logging in to the application system.

    Narrated Tutorial: Using and Navigating the AACVPR Program Certification Platform Powerpoint icon
    Tutorial as an Annotated PDF pdficon_large.png


    Primary Certification Contact Form

    Please Click Here to set up a new Primary Contact for the 2018 application cycle or to update your contact for your currently certified program. The Certification Primary Contact is the chief individual responsible for completing certification application(s) and receiving important updates about AACVPR Program Certification.


    Clinical Questions?

    For clinical questions regarding the Program Certification application content and requirements, please visit our FAQ page and Certification Application Resources page. If you are an AACVPR member and have a question not addressed in the FAQ, please submit your question by email to certification@aacvpr.org to be forwarded to a clinical expert. 


    Joining the AACVPR Registry Will Now Help With your Program Certification Application

    Programs subscribed to the AACVPR Outpatient Data Registries can now use their registry data to complete the program’s clinical outcomes assessment. A direct link within the application will populate your registry data for easy transfer into the application fields.


    Already a Registry User? Download the Updated Registry Data Entry Sheets Now

    The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Registry and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry are currently being updated to include new data fields to align with the new Program Certification application. The new fields should be active soon, and in the meantime, programs can collect data for certification using the updated Registry Data Sheets. The new fields have been highlighted in the sheets, and programs will be able to go back in and add data for these fields to patients already in the registry as soon as the enhancements are launched. For more information about the enhancements, please visit the Registry User Resource Page here


    Additional Tools for Success!

    AACVPR created the Performance Measures webinar series include all the information you need to understand the Performance Measures and reporting requirements for Program Certification. You can purchase the webinars individually or as a series, for more information click here.



    Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

     


    Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.     


    Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

     


    Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.     


    Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

     


    Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.