Request for Applications

Bronchiectasis and NTM Care Center Network

Bronchiectasis and NTM 360, a division of the COPD Foundation, is accepting applications for clinics to join the Bronchiectasis and NTM Care Center Network (CCN). This is an opportunity to participate in a network of nationally recognized centers that share our vision and strategic goals.

Benefits of Participation

The CCN will allow both large health care centers and smaller pulmonary clinics the ability to be considered for designation. Members accepted into the CCN will have increased visibility as well as the following opportunities:

  • National recognition as experts in the field​.
  • Start-up funding to support and maintain the CCN infrastructure.
  • Access to free educational materials developed by the COPD Foundation in close partnership with leading experts and CCN partner advocacy groups​.
  • Opportunity to network among leading experts in the field​.
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research studies, as well as assistance with study recruitment.
  • Access to patient resources including patient support groups provided by NTM Info & Research, a CCN advocacy partner.

CCN Framework and Participating Site Requirements

The CCN framework and site requirements have been developed in close collaboration with experts on the CCN Steering Committee.

CCN Framework

Clinics participating in the CCN will receive one of the following designations:

Bronchiectasis and NTM Care Center: Centers with a multidisciplinary team of experts and resources on site that strive for timely diagnosis, provide comprehensive patient care, and participate in research studies and clinical trials. Care centers see and treat a large number of bronchiectasis and NTM patients annually and are deemed the expert centers.

Bronchiectasis and NTM Clinical Associate Center: Centers with a small team of experts and resources on site that strive for timely diagnosis and provide high quality patient care. Associate centers have an established network and system to refer patients to external health care providers for critical services not offered on site, and coordinate patient care among with external health care providers.

CCN Requirements

Designation criteria and center requirements include a comprehensive set of considerations, including but not limited to:

  • Personnel training, education, experience, and expertise
  • Clinical practice (experience diagnosing and treating bronchiectasis and NTM lung disease patients)
  • Institutional facilities and resources available for diagnosis and patient care
  • Involvement in patient education and engagement efforts
  • Participation in patient-centered research and clinical trials

To see the full list of Bronchiectasis and NTM Care Center Network requirements, click here.

Understanding the Application Process

The CCN application is the first step to be considered for the Bronchiectasis and NTM Care Center Network. Information provided in the application will help determine whether an applicant center meets the requirements at either the Care Center or Associate Center, level of the CCN.

Below, please find the application process and anticipated timelines.

  1. Account Creation: Applicant creates an account and completes and submits the electronic application. Note: Applications do not need to be completed in one sitting. By creating an account, the applicant will be able to work on the application in multiple sessions, saving progress and returning as needed.
  2. Submission and Review: Once an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email confirming receipt of submission. The application will undergo a comprehensive review. Note: that this review process can take up to 4 weeks, and during this time, there may be a request for more information sent to the applicant
  3. Status Notification: Once the application review is completed, the applicant will receive an email notification with the final outcome of the review. If accepted into the CCN, a formal acceptance letter will be attached to the email, and onboarding instructions/next steps will be provided. If an applicant is not accepted into the CCN, feedback will be provided, with the intention of encouraging re-application.

Application for Care Center Network

Care Center Network Request for Applications will close on July 31, 2024.

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