IAC Press & Media

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

IAC Vein Center Accreditation: How we got here, where we are now, and goals for the future.

APRIL 2014 | Uniting the distinctive combination of evidence-based medicine with the consensus of expert opinion among a multitude of vein specialists, including interventionists, general and vascular surgeons, dermatologists, phlebologists, and technologists, the new Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Vein Center accreditation division offers a process by which centers that perform evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders can voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to quality patient care.
Source: Endovascular Today
By Lowell S. Kabnick, MD, RPhS, FACS, FACPh, and Alan M. Dietzek, MD, RPVI, FACS
Neil Khilnani, MD

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Vein Center Accreditation: A Process to Demonstrate a Commitment to Quality Vein Care

MARCH 2014 | The care of venous disorders of the lower extremities has changed significantly in the last 25 years. Treatment for nearly all chronic superficial and a growing fraction of deep venous disease now involves minimally invasive procedures
that can be done with no sedation and immediate ambulation. This has been a tremendous improvement for patients and transformative for the care they can now
receive. Many patients who were reluctant to undergo treatment in the past are now benefitting from these simpler, more targeted and easier to tolerate treatments performed in less intimidating and more efficient environments.
Source: Vein Magazine - Winter 2014
Neil Khilnani, MD

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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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ADA News: Accreditation for dental-specific CBCT available

OCTOBER 7, 2013 | Dentists who use cone beam computed tomography in their office may find a new accreditation program helpful. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission is offering a dental CT accreditation program to help dentists comply with federal and state laws and show their patients they provide safe quality care. Dentists will also learn about the amount of radiation they are exposing their patients to. 
Source:American Dental Association
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Accreditation of advanced imaging facilities for dentistry - assuring minimal standards for high quality diagnostic imaging

SEPTEMBER 2013 | There has been explosive growth in the use of medical
advanced imaging procedures such as 3-dimensional mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and especially multislice computed tomography (MSCT)1 over the past few years, particularly in the US. Concerns have been raised not only by the medical rofession,2-4 but also by third party payers,5 federal agencies like the Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office,6 and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission7 and the general public8 that greater use of “high-tech” medical diagnostic imaging modalities, particularly computed tomography (CT), by those with little or no training in how to safely perform or to accurately read such procedures leads to inappropriate use9 and great variability in image quality.10,11 In general, increased utilization of CT contributes substantially to overall background radiation detriment12
with medical imaging overall identified as the primary drivers for skyrocketing technology-related costs in medicine.7 
Source: American Dental AssociationVol. 116 No. 3 September 2013 
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Survey finds U.S. installed base of gamma cameras is aging

JUNE 2013 | The average age of gamma cameras at nuclear cardiology labs in the U.S. grew by two years between 2009 and 2011, according to a survey from the University of Missouri. Age increased by two full years, from 6.2 years (± 4.1 years) in 2009 to 8.2 years (± 5.1 years) in 2011, the researchers found. They believe that economics is having an increasingly influential role in whether a facility can afford to employ the latest imaging technology.
Source: AuntMinnie.com
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Nuclear medicine facilities adhering to radiation dose standards

JUNE 2013 | Nuclear medicine facilities in the U.S. appear to be getting the message about controlling radiation dose. A new survey of more than 300 SPECT and PET centers found that most are keeping dose levels within generally accepted levels.
Source: AuntMinnie.com
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