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Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) Program

During the verification process, we evaluate whether a facility meets criteria put forth in our Committee on Trauma’s manual, Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. Administered by the Verification, Review, and Consultation Program (VRC), the verification process is designed to help hospitals improve trauma care. After the completion of a prereview questionnaire, the VRC visits the site and compiles a report of its findings. If successful, the trauma center receives a certificate of verification that is valid for three years. We created our VRC Program in 1987, and today more than 400 trauma centers have achieved verification from the American College of Surgeons.

ACS Accreditation and Verification Programs Grant One-Year Extensions

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been closely monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the work of our front-line providers and systems of care. We are especially connected with hospitals that participate in one or more of the ACS verification/accreditation programs. During this difficult time, we are continuously reviewing what we can do to help you.

The College is granting a one-year extension for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing, in any of the ACS programs:

  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
  • Trauma Verification (Trauma VRC)

We know hospitals are diverting resources, limiting visitors, and placing mandatory travel bans on their staff. This one-year extension will alleviate the time and effort usually required to prepare for an onsite review. We anticipate resuming site visits when appropriate.

From all of us at ACS, thank you for all you are doing for your patients, providers, families and communities. We appreciate your commitment to our Quality Programs.

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