What is a COE?

If you’ve spoken to Lisa, listened to one of her GoLives, or participated in a conversation on the HCMA’s Facebook group, you may have come across the term CoE and wondered what it means.  C-O-E stands for Center of Excellence, but what is that?  Generally speaking, a Center of Excellence, is a team of people that promotes collaboration and uses best practices around a specific focus area to create positive outcomes for patients. 

Many hospitals and clinics have Centers of Excellence for numerous disease states such as Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc.  CoEs also exist for treating patients with HCM.  To qualify as an HCMA Recognized Center of Excellence, a program must provide high quality care to patients with HCM in accordance with guidelines and be dedicated to treatment and research in the area of HCM.  All HCMA Recognized CoEs have been evaluated by the HCMA in the following areas:

  • Expertise
  • Volume of care
  • Quality of research
  • Patient communication and responsiveness
  • Patient and Medical Education
  • Facilities

At the time the HCMA was founded, HCM care was limited to four or five programs in the US.  Today, the HCMA has recognized close to 30 HCM Centers of Excellence all across the country.  You can find a location near you by using the search bar located on the front page of the HCMA’s website, www.4hcm.org.