IAC Research Program

As the IAC Research Program embarks on its fourth year, progress toward fulfilling its mission of Strengthening Research Through Accreditation has been realized in terms of several published manuscripts and abstracts. Accredited facilities, as well as all stakeholders within the medical community, are encouraged to review the research being put forth below.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Gary V. Heller, MD, PhD (Research Officer), John Choi, MD, MPH, Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc, Heather Gornik, MD, RVT, RPVI, Scott D. Jerome, DO, FACC, FASNC, Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, FACC, FAAP, Mark Meissner, MD and Warren J. Manning, MD.

Identifying research as a core strategy toward furthering its mission of Improving health care through accreditation®, the IAC began efforts to support innovative and meritorious research programs relevant to facility accreditation in 2012.

As part of that initiative, the IAC launched a major research effort into all aspects of accreditation with the expressed purpose to critically evaluate and improve the process with the establishment of the IAC Research Committee. The IAC Research Committee consists of a research officer and representation from each IAC division.

IAC is ... Strengthening Accreditation Through Research

Watch the video to the right to hear IAC Research Officer Gary Heller discuss the importance of research to improving the accreditation process.

List of Research Award Program Recipients (2013-2016)»

For questions about the IAC Research Program, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, CNMT, NCT, FSNMTS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail research@intersocietal.org.

NEWS UPDATES:

The following are recent announcements from the IAC Research Program:

2016 IAC Research Award Application Announcement

DECEMBER 2015 | The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Research Committee seeks to support innovative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program. The IAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Improving Health Care Through Accreditation© and represents more than 40 professional societies in developing standards for eight entities in medicine. The purpose of the research award is to gain insights into the accreditation process and its value to medicine and society. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that advance the IAC Research Committee’s mission of “Strengthening Accreditation through Research.” For 2016, the IAC Research Committee will be awarding grants up to a maximum of $75,000 (including institutional overhead). Awards are for one year, although continuation awards are possible.  This application process initially involves a Letter of Intent, and if accepted, a subsequent full proposal.

For questions or a variables list, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail research@intersocietal.org.

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2016 Grant Recipients Announced

NOVEMBER 2015 | The IAC is pleased to announce the following grant recipients for 2016:

  • Characteristics of Ultrasound Laboratories that have Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Accreditation in the United States 
    Primary Investigator: John Choi, MD, Winchester Neurological Associates, Winchester, VA and Kevin Cockroft, MD Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • The Impact of the ASNC Information Statement on Radiation Dose and Practice Patterns after 2014
    Primary Investigator: Justin Lundbye, MD, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT
  • The Accreditation and Utilization of Cardiac Echo Laboratories in Medicare Beneficiaries: The VALUE - ECHO Study
    Primary Investigator: Tatjana Rundek, MD, Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.
  • Measuring the Value of Accreditation: A framework of approaches for valuation and an illustration of accreditation's impact on diagnostic accuracy and health outcomes in the case of echocardiography
    Primary Investigator: Gregory Ruhnke, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The IAC Research Committee evaluated submissions based upon their originality, practicality of study design, potential impact, generalizability and probability of achieving meaningful results within one year. In addition, investigator qualifications and previous health services research experience were considered.

JASE Publishes Manuscript by IAC Echocardiography Board President Merri L. Bremer

OCTOBER 2015 | The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) published a manuscript in it's October 2015 issue entitled, Relationship of Sonographer Credentialing to Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography Case Study Image Quality, written by Merri L. Bremer, RN, ACS, RDCS, EdD. Dr Bremer is the president of the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and an accreditation case reviewer. Read the article»

IAC Research Manuscripts Published in Journals (as of November 2015):

Published Abstracts (as of November 2015):

The following abstracts have been published in multiple peer review journals:

IAC Defines Research as a Key Strategic Goal, Establishing the IAC Research Award Program

JULY 2012 | Identifying research as a core strategy toward furthering its mission of Improving health care through accreditation, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has announced efforts to support innovative and meritorious research programs relevant to facility accreditation. As part of that initiative, the IAC has launched a major research effort into all aspects of accreditation with the expressed purpose to critically evaluate and improve the process with the establishment of the IAC Research Committee. The IAC Research Committee consists of a research officer and representation from each IAC division. Read the complete story»