IAC Echocardiography - Press & Media

The following are recent clips from various media pertaining to IAC.

Demystifying Imaging Laboratory Accreditation

FEBRUARY 2014 | It is self-evident that patients expect high quality of the services they receive. For this reason, procedural-based medical (therapeutic) services have long been subject to some form of quality assessment. In the same vein, it is also appropriate that similar expectations have recently come about for cardiovascular (CV) imaging (diagnostic) services. In this report, we provide the background of CV laboratory accreditation and explore what the future holds in assessing quality in CV imaging.
Source: JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2014
Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, Neil J. Weissman, MD

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Imaging Economics - Regulatory Watch
CMS says manufacturer maintenance recommendations continue to rule.

FEBRUARY 2014 | Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) considered relaxing its December 2011 directive that specifies the methods and frequency with which hospital equipment must be maintained in order to qualify for reimbursement. While some stakeholders viewed the prospect as a rational adjustment for efficiency, others saw it as an ill-advised compromise of patient safety. Now with its late-breaking December 2013 decision, CMS appears to have struck a middle course: Hospitals may introduce alternative equipment maintenance frequency or methods, but not in the case of imaging equipment. The latter must continue to adhere to manufacturer maintenance recommendations.
Source: Imaging Economics, January/February 2014 Issue
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IAC Echocardiography Data Reflects A Decade of Change

OCTOBER 2013 | In concert with its mission of "Improving Health Care Through Accreditation," IAC Echocardiography's primary purpose has and always will be to provide a method for health care suppliers to document the quality of care provided to patients. However, by collecting the information required to assess that quality, IAC possesses the largest repository of data for echocardiography facilities int eh U.S. and is therefore able to serve a secondary role of examining and documenting trends in the field.
Source: ASE - ECHO, Vol 2, Issue 1
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