IAC Vascular Testing - Press & Media

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

Vascular Medicine / Vascular Disease Patient Information Page - The Vascular Laboratory

AUGUST 2016 | Vascular laboratory procedures are common medical tests that can help diagnose and treat a variety of vascular conditions, including PAD, carotid artery plaque and narrowing, DVT, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and narrowing of the renal and mesenteric arteries. We recommend that when patients need a vascular test, they select a location that is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), which oversees vascular labs (www.intersocietal.org).
Source: Vascular Medicine, 2016, Vol. 21(4) 396-399
Yonathan Litwok1, Michael Weinreich1 and Joe F Lau2

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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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ACCF Releases New Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Standards
for Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound and Physiological Testing

JUNE 2012 | The ACC Foundation (ACCF), in partnership with 10 other leading professional societies, released its newest set of appropriate use criteria (AUC) on June 11, this time focused on peripheral vascular ultrasound and physiological testing. Read more on the ACC website»

To review the standards, visit the Journal of the American College of Cardiology online»