Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) sites that do not participate in the PHA Registry (PHAR) are required to conduct a self-study for reaccreditation. A self-study is also required for PHAR participating sites with insufficient clinical data for re-evaluation.

The self-study population should only focus on new pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) patients evaluated at the site since their last accreditation.

Each center must present a PAH care quality improvement project at the time of the reaccreditation site evaluation meeting. Sites may select a self-study project topic of their choice or choose from a list of topics recommended by the PHCC Review Committee.

Suggested topics are:

  • Percentage of females of child-bearing potential with documented pregnancy counseling and/or contraception plan. Only includes new PAH patients in the past three years.
  • Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates of new PAH patients in the past three years.
  • Annualized hospitalization rate in the first two years after the first encounter.
  • Mortality rates one and three years after the first encounter.
  • Percentage of new CTEPH patients in the past three years with documented surgical evaluation.
  • Percentage of PAH patients in the past three years enrolled in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Rate of confirmed central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intravenous infusion for new PAH patients in the past three years.

Independently selected topics must be preapproved. Submit your proposal by email to gro.notaicossAHP@CCHP before initiating the project. Complete and include the PHCC Self-Study Form with your reaccreditation materials. Use the form to describe your project, including a statement of your aims, a description of the method, final results and barriers you may have encountered in completing the project. Specify if the completed project led to sustained clinical practice improvements.