ALS Association Certified Centers
To define, establish and support a national standard of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sponsored by The ALS Association.
- To design, implement and monitor a national standard of best-practice multidisciplinary care and services in the management of ALS.
- To select, certify, recognize and support distinguished institutions recognized as the best in the field with regard to: knowledge of and experience with ALS, involvement in ALS research, neurological diagnostics and imaging, and having an on-site designated multidisciplinary team.
- To establish a cohesive relationship among The ALS Association Certified Centers, The ALS Association Chapters and The ALS Association’s National Office to fulfill the mission of The ALS Association and its Certified Center Program.
The ALS Association Certified Center Program designs, implements and monitors a national standard of best-practice care in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since the program’s inception, The ALS Association has certified 34 Certified Centers of Excellence throughout the country. These certifications are based on established requirements in terms of programs, professionals’ skill sets, people living with ALS served, active involvement in ALS-related research, relationships with local Chapters and access to care. Achieving certification through successful completion of the program’s robust clinical and administrative reviews confirms to people living with ALS, family members, caregivers, national organizations, private and publicly-held companies, government institutions and other key stakeholders the validity and comprehensiveness of the Certified Treatment Center of Excellence’s standards of quality and implementation of best practices. The primary goal of the certification process is to ensure that evidence-based care processes that are closely linked to positive outcomes are hard-wired into each individual’s clinic experience.
In 2013, The ALS Association expanded and revised its Certified Center program in order to be more inclusive and descriptive in the designation process. There are now two categories within the program: The ALS Association Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence and The ALS Association Recognized Treatment Centers.
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