What is Accreditation?
IAC accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality care.
The purpose of IAC accreditation is “to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality imaging diagnostic evaluations by a process of accreditation.” Through the accreditation process, facilities assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. While completing the accreditation application, facilities often identify and correct potential problems, revise protocols and validate Quality Improvement (QI) Programs. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained. Facilities may use IAC accreditation as the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care goals.
IAC accreditation provides a confidential peer-review.
Designed to serve facilities as an educational tool, IAC accreditation is made up of two crucial steps. First, facilities conduct a detailed self-evaluation using the IAC Standards and Guidelines and the Online Accreditation application. Completion of the application requires detailed information on all aspects of facility operation as well as the submission of actual case studies for review. The case studies are crucial in determining the facility’s compliance with the IAC Standards, and are the basis for judgment of the quality of work that facilities perform. Once the self-evaluation is completed, the documents and case studies are reviewed by the IAC Board of Directors. All aspects of the review are confidential.
IAC accreditation is a recruiting tool.
Accredited facilities can use their accreditation as a recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest physicians, physicists, sonographers, technologists and dentists. Talented professionals look for high-quality programs, and accreditation assures potential employees that a facility is dedicated to achieving the highest standards for patient care.
IAC accreditation is intersocietal.
The intersocietal, multi-specialty approach is the foundation of the accrediting divisions under the IAC umbrella. IAC is a nonprofit organization established with the support of the sponsoring organizations. Representatives from these sponsoring organizations serve on the division Board of Directors.
IAC accreditation demonstrates accountability.
Health care organizations are held to very high levels of accountability, by peers and by the general public. In numerous states, reimbursement directives that require accreditation of the facility have been instituted by Medicare carriers as well as private, third-party insurers (please visit Payment Policies section for the current list). Similar draft payment policies are pending throughout the United States. Facilities attaining accreditation before it is required for reimbursement demonstrate a willingness to surpass current expectations. The general public and members of the imaging community will recognize an unmatched commitment to providing quality health care by facilities that achieve IAC accreditation.