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NAFC Broadens Requirements for Its Center of Excellence in Continence Care Designation

To Include Ambulatory Surgical Facilities and Care For Men

NAFC has updated the application requirements for its Center of Excellence (COE): Continence Care program to include designations that encompass ambulatory surgery centers and clinicians providing care for men.

June 25, 2013 (CHARLESTON, SC)The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has updated the application requirements for its Center of Excellence (COE): Continence Care program to include designations that encompass ambulatory surgery centers and clinicians providing care for men. Applications are now being accepted from physicians who treat bladder and bowel control problems in men and/or women. Prior to this, the designation was granted only to physicians and hospital institutions treating incontinence and related pelvic floor disorders in women. Along with the change in scope of practice, ambulatory surgery facilities can now apply for this designation in concert with community-based doctors. In addition to expanding the inclusion of experts in urology, the broader requirements reflect contemporary trends in minimally invasive procedures allowing same-day surgeries and therefore facilities other than acute care hospitals. This opens the application process to large urology group practices established as private clinics and a non-institutional approach care.

The broader requirements are announced by NAFC’s Center of Excellence Review Committee, comprised of representatives from the first six Centers of Excellence along with a select group of other health care professionals. “The Centers of Excellence: Continence Care public health initiative is a unique program to provide patients and their families options for where they can receive the highest quality of interdisciplinary care for their bladder and bowel control problems, pelvic floor dysfunction and voiding disorders,” said G. Willy Davila, MD, chair of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and a chairman of the COE Review Committee. “NAFC always planned on expanding this program to include care for men. The designation was first developed for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery because of the large prevalence of pelvic floor disorders among women. By becoming more inclusive, NAFC’s COE designation now serves men with post-prostatectomy incontinence and voiding dysfunction due to urethral strictures or benign prostatic hyperplasia. The focus remains on diagnosis, not procedure, and thus the designation is entirely-patient centered, like no other COE claim in the country.”

NAFC’s Centers of Excellence: Continence Care initiative was launched to offer consumers, seeking solutions to their bladder and bowel control problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), a reliable, trustworthy means of finding an experienced expert working in a team of specially trained and focused providers. The COE designation is based on evidence of extensive training, clinical experience and resources that meet established standards. As part of the process, the patient satisfaction statistics of applicants must meet or exceed benchmarks developed by NAFC and representing the aggregated scores of all centers enjoying the COE designation. Health care providers seeking to apply for this designation must first meet prequalification requirements set forth by NAFC and its COE Review Committee. A complete list of the requirements can be found on NAFC’s website.

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