UCNS Launches Accreditation Interface and Annual Report
The UCNS Accreditation Council is pleased to announce the implementation of the UCNS Accreditation Interface. Programs will now submit all program accreditation documentation through the Accreditation Interface. Use of the online system will allow accredited programs to access their program documents in one place. In addition, information stored in the Accreditation Interface will flow into future program submissions, eliminating duplicative data entry on the part of programs.
With the Accreditation Interface, UCNS is also launching its first Annual Report. Annual Reports must be completed by all accredited programs. The Annual Report is beneficial and important because:
1) it provides UCNS with the most up-to-date information,
2) programs will have less to update during reaccreditation cycles, and
3) UCNS will be able to set benchmarks and program outcomes for accredited programs.
Annual Reports must be completed by March 1, 2017. Programs may access the annual report through the "Login" link at the top of the page. For more information please contact Amanda Carpenter at email@example.com.
Neurocritical Care Taxonomy Code Obtained
Since 2014, UCNS and AAN have been working to secure recognition of a UCNS subspecialty by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC). At the request of the Neurocritical Care sponsoring organizations, the AAN Section on Critical Care and Emergency Medicine; the Neurocritical Care Society; and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, AAN and UCNS sought to obtain recognition of Neurocritical Care as a subspecialty of neurology, as well as to create a unique taxonomy code for Neurocritical Care in the NUCC Health Care Provider Taxonomy code set. While the application was initially denied by the NUCC, an effort to appeal the denial was successful.
The application for a Neurocritical Care taxonomy code was approved by the NUCC in May, adding the code and definition as follows:
Neurocritical Care: The medical subspecialty of Neurocritical Care is devoted to the comprehensive, multisystem care of the critically-ill neurological patient. Like other intensivists, the neurointensivist generally assumes the primary role for coordinating the care of his or her patients in the ICU, both the neurological and medical management of the patient. They may also provide consultative services for these patients as requested within the health system.
The code will be included in the July 1, 2016 release. Changes to the code set will go into effect on October 1, 2016.
Accreditation Application Deadline June 1
UCNS is now accepting accreditation applications until June 1, 2017. Programs approved following this deadline may be accredited as of December 1, 2017. The next deadline for program applications will be December 1, 2017.