Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The IAC is fully staffed with knowledgeable technical and support professionals who are ready to answer any questions you may have while completing the application for accreditation. Below is a listing of some of the most frequently asked questions:

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General Accreditation Questions:

What is the first step to beginning the accreditation process?

When applying for first-time accreditation or reaccreditation, the first step toward success is a review of the Standards by every member of the staff. Visit the Standards section to review and download the current Standards. To assist you in preparing your application and to learn more about the complete accreditation process, review the accreditation checklist at intersocietal.org/carotid/seeking/getting_started.htm.

How much does IAC Carotid Stenting accreditation cost?

Access to IAC Online Accreditation is free of charge. Applicant facilities are only charged the accreditation fee ($6,000), due at the time of application submission. For more information, visit the Accreditation Fee section»

How long will it take for the IAC to review my application?

The accreditation review process and the rendering of the decision usually takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks to complete. For details on complete review process, visit the Application Review section»

Our current accreditation is expiring soon. Can we receive our decision sooner than 8 to 12 weeks?

Yes, facilities have the option through the Online Accreditation application to select an expedited application review. Additional non-refundable fees will apply. The facility will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of the expedited process. If the complete application is submitted by the first business day of the month, the application will be processed, reviewed and an accreditation decision rendered within six weeks (Please refer to Page 5 of the IAC Policies and Procedures for additional information).

I received your letter stating that our accreditation was delayed. How can I determine exactly what was missing in our original application?

First, you should review the Application Review Findings (found on the decision correspondence icon in the Online Accreditation portal) for detailed comments about each aspect of your application. Note that although the reviewers try to specify each area of non-compliance, you must ultimately use the Standards as your source of information on IAC requirements. Next, read the specific Standards that were identified in the letter with the reason(s) for the delay; your application submission did not demonstrate substantial compliance to these Standards. You should review the cases, reports, protocols, etc. that you submitted with your application to determine why they did not meet the Standards.

Online Application Questions:

Is there a time limit to completion once I begin working on my Online Accreditation application?

No, accessing IAC Online Accreditation for the first time does not obligate the facility to apply for accreditation within any given period of time. Access to Online Accreditation and your account is good for the life of your facility. There may be updates to the application questionnaire from time to time in the online application (when the Standards are revised).

How do I upload my documents into the Online Accreditation application?

Applicant facilities are required to upload and submit all attachments electronically. Facilities may scan the documents in and save them to a local computer or save them to another storage device for upload. Many file types may be uploaded from the computer or storage device to the appropriate attachment questions in the application questionnaire. For additional information, visit the Attachments section.

How may I review my uploaded documents?

After uploading a file to an attachment question in the questionnaire, a new link called “Previously Uploaded Document” will appear. Select this link to view the file you uploaded. Occasionally, security settings prevent users from opening documents easily. To view a document, you may be having difficulty with, hold down the control key on your keyboard and do not release the control button until the document opens; then select the link “Previously Uploaded Document."

How do I print the questionnaire questions from my online application?

A downloadable PDF of the application questions and answers is available on the Applicationstab. Proceed to the Applications tab, click on the Available Actions icon and when the Tools page displays, click the Download PDF Questionnaire button.

How do I obtain a printout of the active staff list from my online application?

A spreadsheet of all active staff may be downloaded either from the Applications page Online Tools Available Actions icon or from the Manage Staff tab of the Account Profile. Click on the wrench icon and when the tools page displays, select Staff Information from the drop-down and click the Download Application Information button. The click to download active staff list link is located on the Manage Staff tab of the Account Profile.

Case Study Questions:

Where can I find a sample procedure log for submitting my cases in the online application?

The IAC offers many tools on this website to assist facilities throughout the accreditation process. An optional sample of the procedure log is available in the Sample Documents page. A copy of the patient carotid stent procedure log from the past three years for all stenting procedures performed in the facility must be with the application. You may submit your own procedure log but ensure that all information requested in the optional procedure log provided is included.

When will I be notified of what cases were selected from the procedure log?

Once the application is submitted via Online Accreditation, five case studies from the submitted procedure log will be randomly selected by the IAC. The Technical/ Administrative Director(s) identified in the application will be notified that the application was received and which procedures have been selected for submission.

What do I need to do once the IAC has notified me of the five case studies selected to be submitted?

Once your facility has been notified by the IAC of which five procedures have been selected, submit two copies of the requested case studies and supporting documentation (listed below) to the IAC office via a traceable carrier (i.e., UPS, FedEx). Case studies and supporting documentation must be received in the IAC office no later than 30 days following notification by the IAC of which procedures were selected. It is highly advised that all case study information be collected and sent in a single shipment. For complete image and documentation submission requirements, please review the Case Studies page of the Seeking section.

Staff / CME Requirement Questions:

What are the CME requirements for the Medical Director?

The Medical Director must obtain at least 15 hours of Category I continuing medical education (CME) credits, relevant to cerebrovascular disease that includes but is not limited to content that is directly related to the performance of cervical/extracranial carotid angioplasty and/or stenting and/or carotid atherosclerotic disease every three years. Radiation safety training must be part of the CME and not be less than one hour of the 15 hours required. If the Medical Director performs these procedures, he/she must meet the qualifications and maintenance of qualifications of the medical staff.

What are the CME requirements for the Technical Director?

The Technical/Administrative Director must obtain at least 15 hours of accredited Continuing Education (CE) in percutaneous interventional procedures or patient management every three years. Radiation safety training must be part of the CE and not be less than one hour of the 15 hours required. All CE hours must be approved (i.e., Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RECEEM), American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)-Category A, American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), American Medical Association (AMA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)-Category I).

Marketing Questions:

Do you have a logo I can put on my website and/or reports to show that my facility is accredited by IAC?

Yes! Each of the IAC programs have a unique Seal of Accreditation for use by accredited facilities. The seal is available in color and black and white and is specific to the testing area your facility is accredited in (vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein center and/or cardiac electrophysiology).

To download the Seal of Accreditation for your facility: please login to your Online Accreditation account (www.iaconlineaccreditation.org); select the Applications tab at the top; and scroll down and click on the yellow star icon located next to your granted application under Available Actions. Please note: The yellow star will only appear once your facility has been granted accreditation. Need help downloading or using the Seal of Accreditation? E-mail the IAC marketing team for assistance or login to your Online Accreditation account (www.iaconlineaccreditation.org) and click on the live chat to talk with us live! Just be sure to select Seal of Accreditation/Marketing under request type and we’d be happy to help you!

What are some other ways I can market my facility's accreditation?

Once a facility is granted accreditation, they often ask what they can do to promote this enormous achievement for their facility. There are a variety of resources offered by the IAC to assist your facility in promoting your accreditation achievement.

The marketing opportunities are endless, but each IAC accredited facility receives several marketing tools to help get them started including: an electronic Seal of Accreditation to use on reports, website, etc.; a sample press release to distribute announcing their accreditation achievement; two certificates and two accreditation decals to display in their facility; one complimentary embroidered patch and one complimentary lapel pin.

For more information about these materials and how to use them, visit the Marketing Tools section»