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IAC Celebrating 25 Years of Improving Health Care Through Accreditation®

DECEMBER 2015 | In the late 1980’s into 1990, the intersocietal accreditation model began with the inception of a program devoted solely to assessing the quality of noninvasive vascular laboratories, ICAVL, as it was known at that time. IAC 25th LogoToday, the IAC accreditation process has grown to encompass nine accrediting programs, spanning multiple imaging and therapeutic modalities.

The IAC has set standards for and assessed the quality of more than 15,000 accredited facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. IAC’s stakeholders range from our applicant facilities of whom the majority become accredited, to sponsoring organizations, related industry partners and organizations, board members, our network of application reviews and site visitors, and of course our staff.

As we reflect on the past 25 years, we can each take pride in knowing that we have played a role in IAC’s evolution in becoming the organization that it is today, one that continuously fulfills its ongoing mission of Improving health care through accreditation®

IAC CT Releases Updates to Dental CT Standards - New Quality Improvement Requirements Effective March 1, 2016; All Other Changes Effective Immediately

As an accreditation organization, IAC CT is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the dental CT community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Dental/Maxillofacial Computed Tomography (CT) Practice Accreditation Using Cone Beam Technology are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by dentists, physicians, physicists and technologists 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 CT Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Dental CT website for a 60-day public comment period from May 4 to July 4, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: IAC Standards and Guidelines for Dental/Maxillofacial Computed Tomography (CT) Practice Accreditation Using Cone Beam Technology »

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Dental CT (Effective September 1, 2015)

Key modifications that are effective immediately are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Technical Staff Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standards 1.3A, 1.3.1.1A, 1.3.1.2A, 1.3.1.3A, 1.3.1.6A)

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Dental CT (Effective March 1, 2016)

Key modifications that are effective on March 1, 2016 are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standards 1.1C, 1.2C, 1.3C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C, 2.1.5C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C, 4.1.1C, 4.1.2C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the September 1, 2015 revision.

Coming Soon…

Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist practices with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC MRI Releases Updates to Standards - New Quality Improvement Requirements Effective March 1, 2016; All Other Changes Effective Immediately

As an accreditation organization, IAC MRI is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the MRI community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for MRI Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians, physicists and technologists 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 MRI Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC MRI website for a 60-day public comment period from May 5 to July 5, 2015. 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 MRI Accreditation on the IAC MRI website:

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for MRI Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for MRI (Effective September 1, 2015)

Key modifications that are effective immediately are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Medical Director and Medical Staff Required Training and Experience - Neuroimaging Subspecialty (Applicable Standards 1.1.1.4A, 1.3.1.4A)
  • Technical Director and Technical Staff Required Training and Experience(Applicable Standards 1.2.1.2A, 1.4.1.3A)
  • Equipment Quality Control (Applicable Standards 1.2B, 1.3B)

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for MRI (Effective March 1, 2016)

Key modifications that are effective on March 1, 2016 are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C, 4.1.1C, 4.1.2C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the September 1, 2015 revision.

Coming Soon…

Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC Vascular Testing Releases Updates to Standards - New Quality Improvement Requirements Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Vascular Testing is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the vascular testing community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and technologists 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 Vascular Testing Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Vascular Testing website for a 60-day public comment period from April 17 to June 17, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the New Standards

Download: IAC Standards and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Vascular Testing

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

  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C and 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standard 2.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on February 3, 2016.Facilities applying for accreditation after February 3, 2016 must have policies in place in order to comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards effective February 3, 2016, the IAC will make available the following resources:

IAC Releases Updates to Adult Echocardiography Standards - New Standards Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | 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 15 to June 15, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Adult Echocardiography

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

  • Medical Director Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.1.1.3A) –  This Standard revision includes a change to the Medical Director training and experience pathway. To read background on this revision, please visit intersocietal.org/echo/main/pathway.htm.
  • Technical Staff (Applicable Standard 1.4A)
  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Oversight (Applicable Standard 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C, 2.1.5.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings(Applicable Standards 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on February 3, 2016.Facilities applying for accreditation after February 3, 2016 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC Releases Updates to Pediatric Echocardiography Standards -New Standards Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | 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, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography

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

  • Technical Staff (Applicable Standard 1.4A)
  • Focused Pediatric TEE (Applicable Standard 2.9B)
  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Oversight (Applicable Standard 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings(Applicable Standards 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on February 3, 2016.Facilities applying for accreditation after February 3, 2016 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC CT Releases Updates to Standards - New Quality Improvement Requirements Effective February 3, 2016; All Other Changes Effective Immediately

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC CT is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the CT community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for CT Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians, physicists and technologists 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 CT Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC CT website for a 60-day public comment period from April 16 to June 16, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for CT Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for CT (Effective August 3, 2015)

Key modifications that are effective immediately are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Low Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Screening (Applicable Standards 1.1A, 1.3A, 4.1.4.6Av, 1.1.2.6B, 2.2.1B, 2.3.1B, 2.4.3.14Bxiv): The IAC is now offering LDCT lung cancer screening accreditation. To apply, facilities will be required to be accredited in the testing area of Body CT. For more details, please visitintersocietal.org/ct/main/lungscreening.htm.
  • Indications, Ordering Process and Scheduling (Applicable Standard 2.2B): Effective August 3, 2015, facilities that only provide whole body CT screening examinations are not eligible to apply for IAC CT accreditation.
  • Technical Staff (Applicable Standard 1.4A)
  • Instrumentation – Body CT (Applicable Standard 1.1.2.6Bii)

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for CT (Effective February 3, 2016)

Key modifications that are effective on February 3, 2016 are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC Vein Center Releases Updates to Standards - New Standards Effective August 3, 2015

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Vein Center is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the vein center community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards for Vein Center Accreditation: Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians, nurses and technologists 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 Vein Center Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Vein Center website for a 60-day public comment period from April 16 to June 16, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.

Access the Standards

Download: IAC Standards for Vein Center Accreditation: Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Vein Center

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

  • Procedure Overview – Lower Extremity Venous Duplex for Reflux (Applicable Standard 1.1.2B)
  • Procedure Requirements – Sclerotherapy (Applicable Standard 1.2.1.1B)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on August 3, 2015. Facilities applying for accreditation after August 3, 2015 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

IAC Announces Board of Directors for New Accreditation Program, IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology

MAY 25, 2015 | IAC is pleased to announce the inaugural Board of Directors of IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology:

Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)
David Haines, MD, FHRS, FACC, President
Marianne Paruch, BSN, MBA
Walid Saliba, MD, FHRS
Gerald Serwer, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAAP, Officer at Large

Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
Edward Walsh, MD, FHRS, BS

American College of Cardiology (ACC)
John Beshai, MD, FHRS, FACC, President-Elect
Minang "Mintu" Turakhia, MD, FACC, MS

Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP)
Jacqueline Bruhn, CEPS, RCES, Secretary

Member-at-Large              
Amy Leiserowitz, RN, CCDS

The new accreditation program is expected to launch in late 2015 / early 2016. To receive program updates on the new Cardiac Electrophysiology program, please visitintersocietal.org/iac/mailinglist_iac.htm to join the IAC Mailnig List and select Electrophysiology.

IAC Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Management System and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Certifications

JANUARY 15, 2015 | The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) ISO Logoannounced today that it is the first organization to achieve integrated management system certification (9001:2008 and 27001:2013); accredited against ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) standards.

ISO 9001:2008 is process-based, a certification that recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. ISO 27001:2013 recognizes organizations that establish and maintain an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Read the complete press release»

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