What is Accreditation?

IAC accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality care.

The purpose of IAC cardiovascular catheterization accreditation program is “to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality cardiovascular catheterization procedures by a process of accreditation.” Through the accreditation process, facilities assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. While completing the accreditation application, facilities often identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality assurance programs. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained. Facilities may use IAC accreditation as the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care goals.

IAC accreditation provides a confidential peer-review.

Designed to serve facilities as an educational tool, IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation is made up of two crucial steps. First, facilities conduct a detailed self-evaluation using the IAC Standards for Cardiovascular Catheterization Accreditation and the Online Accreditation application. Completion of the application requires detailed information on all aspects of facility operation as well as the submission of actual case studies for review. The case studies are crucial in determining the facility’s compliance with the IAC Standards, and are the basis for judgment of the quality of work that facilities perform. Once the self-evaluation is completed, the documents and case studies are reviewed by the IAC cardiovascular catheterization Board of Directors. All aspects of the review are confidential.

IAC accreditation is a recruiting tool.

Accredited facilities can use their accreditation as a recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest professionals in the field. Talented professionals look for high-quality programs, and accreditation assures potential employees that a facility is dedicated to achieving the highest standards for patient care.

IAC accreditation is intersocietal.

The intersocietal, multi-specialty approach is the foundation of the accrediting divisions under the IAC umbrella. IAC cardiovascular catheterization is a nonprofit organization established with the support of the sponsoring organizations. Representatives from these sponsoring organizations, including physicians, cardiologists and nurses, serve on the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization Board of Directors. All areas of cardiovascular catheterization were represented on the Board during the creation of the Standards for accreditation, and all areas continue to steer the accreditation process.

It's proven successful.

Modeled after the success of the first of Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) division, Vascular Testing, IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization was created in 2010 to accredit cardiovascular catheterization facilities, becoming the newest member division of the IAC. The IAC offers multi-modality accreditation through its programs dedicated to Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT / Dental CT, Carotid Stenting, Vein Center, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Catheterization.