The National Office is busy preparing team applications for evaluative review. Each year, teams from the United States and Canada are invited to become ACPA Approved Teams by completing an application and meeting a set of standards that pertain to the coordinated care of patients with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Having gone through the approval process with my own team, I can speak to the significance of ACPA Team Approval.
The ACPA Team Approval process is important because it plays a major part in ensuring ACPA’s mission of optimizing team care for patients becomes a reality.
Established in 2008, the team standards ensure that care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner with the proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals from medical, surgical, dental, and allied health disciplines working in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system. Teams that meet these standards are publicly recognized and are the only teams ACPA recommends when working with patients and families.
ACPA Team Approval has helped teams gain recognition within their institution, and in several cases has enabled them to gain support for additional positions within their institutions to help ensure a full complement of recommended providers is available for their patients. It has also helped teams identify their strengths and areas for improvement. I hope you will find the value in ACPA Team Approval like I have with my own team.