ASH News - September 2009
Accreditation of U.S. Hypertension Centers
The ASH Specialist Program Inc. in active collaboration with the ASH Committee on Public Policy are reviewing and evaluating two (2) non mutually exclusive pathways to obtain recognition of hypertension as a specialty:
To secure an identifying code for hypertension specialists with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC).
To accredit of hypertension centers with a designated hypertension specialist as the director. Examples are abundant of groups that already employ these assessments, e.g. SNM, AVL, AEL, ANL, MRL, CTL.
Both of these mechanisms would serve to increase reimbursement from CMS and private payers and raise the quality of practice, including performance of technical procedures, e.g. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM), Central Aortic Pressure, etc.
In recent years the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) developed and continues to maintain a database of self-designated hypertension centers. Now the Specialist Program and the Society are setting up a Task Force to develop standards to accredit hypertension centers.