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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014


Allegheny Health Network Outpatient Anticoagulation Service Recognized as Center of Excellence

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Jan. 28, 2014) – Allegheny Health Network’s Outpatient Anticoagulation Service has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by The Anticoagulation Forum, illustrating the program’s strong commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients taking antithrombotic medications.
The Outpatient Anticoagulation Service offers point-of-care testing for patients referred by their physicians for long-term or temporary management of anticoagulation (blood thinning.) Anticoagulant medications such as warfarin effectively prevent blood clots in at-risk individuals but dosages must be closely monitored to ensure they are effective as well as safe.
The Outpatient Anticoagulation Service allows patients to monitor their dosage of blood-thinners conveniently and quickly, with on-the-spot blood test results and discussion of dosage adjustments. Allegheny Health Network offers Outpatient Anticoagulation Services at Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Forbes Hospital and West Penn Hospital.
“We are very proud to have achieved the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence recognition,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Medical Director of the Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute. “Working closely together with our patients is the best way to improve health outcomes, and we are dedicated to providing the highest level of personalized care for this particularly challenging medical condition and treatment process.
”The Outpatient Anticoagulation Service  is critical to a number of key programs in the Cardiovascular Institute including atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease and Mechanical Circulatory Support,” Dr. Murali added.
The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program offers a roadmap to consistent, sustainable excellence in five key areas of patient care: Drug therapy management, disease state management, transition and coordination of care, service operational performance, and patient and family education. By successfully meeting the rigorous standards in each patient care pillar, Allegheny Health Network Outpatient Anticoagulation Service has qualified for 2-year recognition as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence.
“The assessment and resources of the Center of Excellence program helped us streamline our operational performance, improve transition of care and enhance patients’ knowledge about their drug therapy, and overall disease management,” said Margaret Meals, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Allegheny Valley Hospital, and Medical Director of the Anticoagulation Center.
The Anticoagulation Forum is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. The AC Forum promotes the clinical application of evidence-based practices, and provides education and networking opportunities for healthcare professionals. To learn more about the program visit www.excellence.acforum.org 
For more information on the Allegheny Health Network Anticoagulation Service, please email anticoagmgtoutp@wpahs.org or call 412-DOCTORS.
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