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IAC Releases Updates to Adult Echocardiography Standards - New Standards Effective January 1, 2017

JUNE 8, 2016 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Echocardiography is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the echocardiography community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and sonographers from the IAC sponsoring organizations, the Standards are reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and revised as needed.

As a component of the accreditation process, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Echocardiography website for a 60-day public comment period from April 1 to June 1, 2016. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.

Access the Standards

View the new IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation on the IAC Echocardiography website:

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Adult Echocardiography

Key modifications or additions are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Medical Director Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.1.1A)
  • Medical Director Ongoing Practice Experience Requirements (Applicable Standard 1.1.2A)
  • Medical Director CME Requirements (Applicable Standard 1.1.4A)
  • Medical Staff Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.3.1A)
  • Medical Staff Ongoing Practice Experience Requirements (Applicable Standard 1.3.2A)
  • Medical Staff CME Requirements - Comment (Applicable Standard 1.3.4A)
  • Technical Staff Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.4.1.2A)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standard 2.1C)
  • QI Measures – Test Appropriateness (Applicable Standard 2.1.1C)
  • QI Measures – Technical Quality Review (Sonographer Performance Variability) (Applicable Standard 2.1.2.2C)
  • QI Measures – Interpretive Quality Review (Physician Performance Variability) (Applicable Standard 2.1.3.1C)
  • QI Measures – Final Report Completeness and Timeliness (Applicable Standard 2.1.4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the June 8, 2016 revision. These Standards will become effective on January 1, 2017. Facilities applying for accreditation after January 1, 2017 revision must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

IAC Releases Updates to Pediatric Echocardiography Standards - New Standards Effective January 1, 2017

JUNE 8, 2016 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Echocardiography is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the echocardiography community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and sonographers from the IAC sponsoring organizations, the Standards are reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and revised as needed.

As a component of the accreditation process, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Echocardiography website for a 60-day public comment period from April 1 to June 1, 2016. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.

Access the Standards

View the new IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation on the IAC Echocardiography website:

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography

Key modifications or additions are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Medical Director CME Requirements (Applicable Standard 1.1.3A)
  • Technical Staff Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.4.1.2A)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standard 2.1C)
  • QI Measures – Technical Quality Review (Sonographer Performance Variability) (Applicable Standard 2.1.1.2C)
  • QI Measures – Interpretive Quality Review (Physician Performance Variability) (Applicable Standard 2.1.2.1C)
  • QI Measures – Final Report Completeness and Timeliness (Applicable Standard 2.1.3.1C)
  • QI Measures – Correlation (Applicable Standard 2.1.4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the June 8, 2016 revision. These Standards will become effective on January 1, 2017. Facilities applying for accreditation after January 1, 2017 revision must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Proposed Changes to IAC Adult Echocardiography Standards Now Open for Public Comment - THIS COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

APRIL 1, 2016 | In keeping with the IAC's continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, we are pleased to announce that the public now has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and revised as needed. As a component to the accreditation process, proposed Standardsthat have been approved by the Board of Directors are then posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to the current Standards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards

Beginning April 1st, 2016, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm#adultecho to comment on any of the proposed Standards until June 1st, 2016. In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: Several important changes to the training requirements for Medical Director, medical staff and technical staff are proposed. To read background on these changes, please visit intersocietal.org/echo/main/2016changes.htm.

To Submit a Comment on Proposed Standards:

  1. Visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm#adultecho;
  2. Select the proposed Adult Echocardiography Standard on which to comment;
  3. A window will expand with the description of the Standard and the proposed change on the left;
  4. On the right, fill in your name and comment in the boxes provided; 
  5. Hit Submit.

At the close of the comment period, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors will review any submitted comments, consider modifications as needed and vote for final approval of the Standards. Facilities are notified of changes to the published Standards, and the most current version of the Standards can be viewed or printed from the IAC Echocardiography website at intersocietal.org/echo/main/echo_standards.htm.

Proposed Changes to IAC Pediatric Echocardiography Standards Now Open for Public Comment - THIS COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

APRIL 1, 2016 | In keeping with the IAC's continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, we are pleased to announce that the public now has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation.

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and revised as needed. As a component to the accreditation process, proposed Standardsthat have been approved by the Board of Directors are then posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to the currentStandards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards.

Beginning April 1st, 2016, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm#pedecho to comment on any of the proposed Standards until June 1st, 2016. In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline.

To Submit a Comment on Proposed Standards:

  1. Visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm#pedecho;
  2. Select the proposed Pediatric Echocardiography Standard on which to comment;
  3. A window will expand with the description of the Standard and the proposed change on the left;
  4. On the right, fill in your name and comment in the boxes provided; 
  5. Hit Submit.

At the close of the comment period, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors will review any submitted comments, consider modifications as needed and vote for final approval of the Standards. Facilities are notified of changes to the published Standards, and the most current version of the Standards can be viewed or printed from the IAC Echocardiography website at intersocietal.org/echo/main/echo_standards.htm.

IAC Announces New Chief Executive Officer

FEBRUARY 29, 2016 | The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announces that their Board of Directors has appointed Mary Lally, MS, CAE, as Chief Executive Officer. IAC 25th LogoAs CEO, Ms. Lally succeeds Sandra Katanick, retiring as IAC’s founding CEO since 1991.

“We are pleased to announce this appointment,” said Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE. IAC Chairperson. “Mary will bring leadership and clinical expertise to this important role. Having served the IAC for more than eight years, she has demonstrated her skills through programmatic and leadership development. She brings a wealth of perspective and experience.”

Bringing to the position a unique combined background of clinical expertise and association management experience, Ms. Lally possesses both a Master’s degree in Radiation Health Physics as well as the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

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