Benefits

What is PACED?

Pain and Addiction Care in the Emergency Department, or PACED, is an ACEP-governed national accreditation program which seeks to improve pain management for patients in the emergency department. It recognizes the need for prompt, safe, and effective pain management and treatment for patients in pain and/or addicted to pain medication.

Why should your ED seek PACED Accreditation?

Accreditation is an excellent way to convey to your patients, colleagues, and community that your ED cares about the service it provides. PACED accreditation specifically, is for departments and hospitals that seek to improve pain management for patients in the ED and recognize the need for prompt, safe, and effective pain management and treatment for patients.

There are multiple benefits for all stakeholders, including:

Benefits to Hospitals

  • Provides effective treatment for pain and addiction, while minimizing the use of opioid medications, utilizing them only when necessary.
  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Assists patients and families in decision-making about where to seek acute pain management through a recognizable brand.
  • Ensures that facilities that market themselves as PACED-accredited meet established standards.
  • Reduces medical complications related to pain management and addiction.

Benefits to Patients and Caregivers

  • Establishes standards for high-quality care for pain and addiction management.
  • Reduces ED visits.
  • Reduces hospital readmissions and associated penalties.
  • Increases satisfaction scores.
  • Rewards and acknowledges EDs/staff/hospitals that are providing excellent care to patients.
  • Provides a mechanism to periodically reassess the care provided to ensure they are maintaining high-quality care and incorporating innovations to the standard of care.

Benefits to Emergency Physicians and Other Healthcare Providers

  • Accelerates the distribution and implementation of best practices.
  • Provides a mechanism for rapid dissemination of advances in pain and addiction management.
  • Ensures emergency physicians have the necessary resources, protocols, and training to provide optimal pain and/or addiction management.
  • Assists emergency medical services providers in decision-making about where to seek acute care through a recognizable brand.
  • Incentivizes, rewards and acknowledges emergency physicians who are providing excellent care for patients with pain and/or addicition.
  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Reduces medical complications related to pain management and/or addiction.