Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The IAC office 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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How long does the IAC accreditation review process take?
Upon an application's submission to the IAC office, it is imported into the database. Facilities (not including vein center*) have five days** to submit the corresponding hard copy components including the case studies, IAC Accreditation Agreement, attestations and fee (if paid by check). The accreditation review process generally takes approximately 12 to 16 weeks to complete and the decision returned to the facility.
*Applicable vein centers will be notified within 10 days that the application and log were received and which procedures have been selected for submission. Facilities will then have 30 days to submit the selected case study documentation.
**Expedited submissions per the terms and conditions (Page 5 of the IAC Policies and Procedures) must be received in the IAC office no later than the first business day of the submission month.
For details on complete review process, visit the IAC Application Review section»
What accreditation programs does the IAC offer?
The IAC offers eight accreditation programs, each ensuring high quality patient care and promoting health care within a specific medical specialty, including the testing areas of Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT, Dental CT, Carotid Stenting, and Vein Center. For more information on the IAC programs go to www.intersocietal.org/iac/programs.htm.
Why do the IAC Programs no longer go by their former acronyms (i.e., ICAEL, ICAVL)?
Resulting from the culmination of extensive research of the needs of facilities seeking accreditation, the IAC renamed its then six individual accrediting divisions in February 2012 and implemented multiple enhancements to streamline the
process. Read the official press release»
How can our facility receive updates and announcements from the IAC?
Get important information from the IAC delivered directly to your e-mail! Receive the IAC Newsletter in your inbox, receive invitations for live webinars and learn about other important IAC updates! Join the IAC Mailing List»
Where can I find the current version of the IAC Agreement?
The most recent version of the IAC Agreement as well as complete instructions and FAQ on completing the agreement can be found on the IAC website at www.intersocietal.org/iac/legal/agreement.htm.
Where can I find the Affidavit Approving Change of Ownership/ Operations?
An IAC accredited facility experiencing a change of name, change of ownership, or change in operations, or those requiring changes of any kind to their IAC Agreement must notify the IAC. The Affidavit Approving Change of Ownership/Operations can be found on the website at www.intersocietal.org/iac/legal/agreement_changes.htm.
What is required for an accredited facility to transfer ownership of accreditation?
A notice form must be sent to the IAC with the review fee (currently $200). An opinion letter from legal counsel confirming authority to execute the affidavit must be included. The IAC will then review the form and determine whether the facility must apply for accreditation as a new facility, or if the facility's existing accreditation remains valid. Accreditation cannot be transferred without the IAC’s written approval.
What if my facility adds another site during the accreditation process?
Any time an accredited facility adds a multiple site, it must submit a notice and the additional fee. The IAC will then review the affidavit. If there is a significant change in the facility’s operations, the IAC may require the facility to submit additional evidence of compliance with IAC’s Standards, policies and procedures.
Please note: The additional fee to add another site varies by division, please visit the multiple site section of the division websites to learn more about the fees:
How does a required site visit decision differ from the random site visit or audit?
As part of the IAC accreditation process, applicant facilities could potentially be required to undergo a site visit of their facility. During the process of rendering an accreditation decision, the Board of Directors may determine that a site visit is required in order to better assess the facility and determine the final accreditation decision.
Read more about Accreditation Decisions»
The random site visit or audit will be performed at an undisclosed date and will occur after the facility is granted accreditation by the IAC.
Are all accredited facilities required to undergo a random site visit or random audit?
Yes, in an effort to further substantiate continued compliance by accredited laboratories and in response to the requirements sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for CMS appointed Accreditation Organizations as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), the IAC has implemented a policy requiring all accredited facilities to undergo an audit or site visit at some time during their three-year accreditation period. Read more about Random Site Visits and Audits»
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 and/or vein center).
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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»