Founded 25 years ago, the Anticoagulation Forum is the largest peer organization of anticoagulant service providers in North America. Our membership includes more than 9,500 physicians, nurses, and pharmacists representing over 2,800 anticoagulation services (clinics). Our members directly support over 900,000 patients annually. As the premier provider of education and the authoritative voice among anticoagulation professionals, the AC Forum offers insight and expertise to those on the front lines.
The AC Forum Board of Directors is regularly relied upon for their expert opinion. Their contributions to research and guideline development have influenced the new landscape of anticoagulation therapy. Our flagship program, the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence, embodies our commitment to the clinical application of evidence-based practices and improved patient outcomes.
The Anticoagulation Forum is a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization of health care professionals that will improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. The Anticoagulation Forum will minimize the risk and maximize the benefit of strategies used for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disease by:
promoting the clinical application of evidence-based practices
facilitating research aimed at improving health outcomes
informing healthcare policy, regulatory agencies, and industry about best practices
Evidence that the use of and indications for oral anticoagulation therapy were rapidly expanding; that oral anticoagulation therapy was not always well managed; and that serious adverse events were commonplace led Jack Ansell, MD to found the AC Forum. At this time, evidence also accumulated that the systematic, coordinated care provided by anticoagulation services, resulted in improved safety and efficacy of therapy leading to better patient outcomes.
In order to promote coordinated management of oral anticoagulant therapy, the Anticoagulation Forum was established as a community of physicians, nurses and pharmacists involved in the therapeutic modality of oral anticoagulation therapy and the management of thrombotic disorders. Through the process of information exchange, medical education and scientific investigation, the Anticoagulation Forum promotes professional development and strives to enhance the quality of anticoagulation care.
Starting with a few dozen members, the organization has grown exponentially to its current size. Currently led by president, Mark Crowther, MD, the AC Forum continues to be an important source of information and education for its membership. The AC Forum has played an integral role in educating its members about these new anticoagulant therapies, reversal agents and testing choices.
The AC Forum has been an advocate for improved patient care through its endorsement of the use of an International Normalized Ratio (INR) to report prothrombin time results and with its strong support of point-of-care prothrombin time monitoring and the concept of patient self-testing and patient self-management. The AC Forum has worked with the U.S. government to develop reimbursement protocols for the elderly covered through the U.S. Medicare system. More recently, the AC Forum has been a supporter of home treatment of venous thromboembolism with low molecular weight heparin using anticoagulation clinics as the base for overseeing home treatment programs.
In its efforts to enhance the quality of anticoagulation care, the Anticoagulation Forum: