What Patients Should Know
When scheduled for an echocardiogram, patients should inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed.
Patients can rely on accreditation as an indication that the facility where their examination will be performed has proven a commitment to providing quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disorders and disease. Patients can rest assured that accredited facilities have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of their operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography.
The Certificate of Accreditation (sample shown above) and the new IAC Seal of Accreditation Decal (sample shown below) are two easy ways for patients to identify an IAC Echocardiography accredited facility!
IAC Echocardiography accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers.
Health care organizations are held to high levels of accountability, by peers and by the general public. In numerous states, reimbursement directives that require accreditation of the facility have been instituted by Medicare carriers as well as private, third-party insurers (please visit Payment Policies section for the current list). Similar draft payment policies are pending throughout the United States. Facilities attaining accreditation before it is required for reimbursement demonstrate a willingness to surpass current expectations. The general public and members of the echocardiography community will recognize an unmatched commitment to providing quality health care by facilities that achieve IAC Echocardiography accreditation.
Types of Echocardiography Exams
Use the links below to learn more about the different types of echocardiography exams.
- Transthoracic Echocardiogram
- Stress Echocardiogram
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Fetal Echocardiogram
- Pediatric Transthoracic Echocardiogram
The purpose of the IAC Echocardiography 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 echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of accreditation.”
Excerpts of this information are taken, with permission, from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Patient Information website, www.seemyheart.org, and copyrighted See My Heart printed patient brochures. Echocardiography facilities interested in ordering copies of patient education brochures from the ASE can obtain more information through www.seemyheart.org.