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IAC Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from SVU

SEPTEMBER 2014 | Thank you to the Society for Vascular Ultrasound for challenging us to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In addition to completing the challenge, the IAC will also donate to The ALS Association. IAC now challenges the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Watch us complete the Ice Bucket Challenge: http://youtu.be/ycee7ZZetVc

VALUE Study Reports on Accreditation Status and Location of Outpatient Vascular Testing Facilities Among Medicare Beneficiaries

SEPTEMBER 2014 | Ellicott City, MD – The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announced today that researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published a manuscript in Vascular Medicine analyzing a random national sample of Medicare beneficiary data to determine the outpatient vascular testing facilities’ accreditation status and geographic location. The study manuscript entitled, “Accreditation Status and Geographic Location of Outpatient Vascular Testing Facilities Among Medicare Beneficiaries: The VALUE (Vascular Accreditation, Location & Utilization Evaluation) Study” is the first peer-reviewed presentation of the results. Findings indicate that the proportion of outpatient vascular testing facilities that are IAC accredited is low and varies by region. Read the complete press release»

Pre-submission Case Requirements Check Now Available

JUNE 2014 | The pre-submission case requirements check for applicant facilities (Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT/Dental) is currently available. Applicant facilities may elect to upgrade the application now or wait for the upgrade to occur on June 15th, 2014. The pre-submission check is initiated by the facility after the application questionnaire is completed but prior to the final application submission. The check is then performed by IAC staff within two business days and was designed to rectify errors and inappropriate case study selection made by facility users in an effort to provide a more efficient application submission process. To learn more about the process and how to access this new feature, visit intersocietal.org/iac/casecheck.htm.

Enhancements to Online Accreditation
NEW FEATURES INCLUDE CASE STUDIES CHECK, ENHANCED PASSWORD RESET

APRIL 2014 | In keeping with IAC’s commitment to continuously streamline the online accreditation process, the IAC is pleased to announce new enhancements available to applicant facilities:

Pre-submission Case Requirements Check

IAC is now offering a pre-submission case requirements check for applicant facilities (Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT/Dental). The pre-submission case requirements check will be performed by IAC staff and was designed to rectify errors and inappropriate case study selection made by facility users prior to final application submission in an effort to provide a more efficient application submission process. To learn more about the process and how to access this new feature, visit intersocietal.org/iac/casecheck.htm.

Enhanced Password Reset Process

We are pleased to announce that IAC has also enhanced the process for resetting a password for Online Accreditation. By clicking the Forgot Your Password? link on the account login screen, then verifying account details, it is now easier to access your account if you have forgotten or lost your User ID or password.

TO ENSURE ACCOUNT SECURITY REMEMBER TO:

  • Create a unique user ID for each user of Online Accreditation. Sharing user IDs among multiple people is not recommended.
  • Use a strong password (at least eight characters long, with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters).
  • Avoid using your Online Accreditation user ID and password for other websites.
  • Keep user ID, password, account ID, or application number(s), private (never send your login information via e-mail).
  • Change your password immediately if you suspect that someone else has learned your login information.
  • Deactivate any users no longer affiliated with your facility.
  • Keep in mind that no one from IAC will ever ask for your password. If you ever receive a communication from anyone claiming to be an IAC representative requesting that you provide your password, please do not respond. Instead, please let us know about it by e-mailing us at online-app-help@intersocietal.org

For additional help or questions about your online account, please contact IAC staff at 800-838-2110 or e-mail online-app-help@intersocietal.org.

IAC Changes Fee Structure for Multiple Sites

FEBRUARY 2014 | Effective March 1, 2014, the fees for facilities applying for multiple sites will change. New multiple site fee structure (effective 3/1/2014):

VASCULAR, ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, NUCLEAR/PET
Per site fee for multiple sites:

  • $1,200 per site for sites 2-3
  • $960 per site for sites 4-10 (20% discount)
  • $750 per site for each site over 10

MRI/CT [updated 10/2014]
Each site or unit over one:

  • $1,200 site/unit (2-3)
  • $960 per site/unit (4-10) (20% discount)
  • $750 per site/unit (over 10)

ICA Stenosis Diagnostic Criteria White Paper

JANUARY 6, 2014 | In the context of significant inconsistency related to the use of diagnostic criteria for internal carotid artery stenosis, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Vascular Testing (formerly ICAVL) today issued a White Paper entitled IAC Vascular Testing White Paper on Carotid Stenosis Interpretation Criteria”. It puts forward a recommendation that, in the absence of a rigorously, internally validated single set of diagnostic criteria, facilities should consider the use of one single set of standardized diagnostic criteria. The recommendations made within the White Paper aim to through more standardization of internal carotid artery stenosis diagnostic criteria enhance the accuracy, reproducibility, portability and value of duplex ultrasound for the diagnosis of carotid disease.  

Read IAC Vascular Testing White Paper on Carotid Stenosis Interpretation Criteria»

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