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IAC Releases Updates to Adult Echocardiography Standards - New Standards Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Echocardiography is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the echocardiography community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and sonographers from the IAC sponsoring organizations, the Standards are reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and revised as needed.

As a component of the accreditation process, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Echocardiography website for a 60-day public comment period from April 15 to June 15, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Adult Echocardiography

Key modifications are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Medical Director Required Training and Experience (Applicable Standard 1.1.1.3A) –  This Standard revision includes a change to the Medical Director training and experience pathway. To read background on this revision, please visit  intersocietal.org/echo/main/pathway.htm.
  • Technical Staff (Applicable Standard 1.4A)
  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Oversight (Applicable Standard 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C, 2.1.5.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standards 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on February 3, 2016. Facilities applying for accreditation after February 3, 2016 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

IAC Releases Updates to Pediatric Echocardiography Standards - New Standards Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Echocardiography is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the echocardiography community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and sonographers from the IAC sponsoring organizations, the Standards are reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and revised as needed.

As a component of the accreditation process, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Echocardiography website for a 60-day public comment period from April 1 to June 1, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

Access the Standards

Download: The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation»

Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography

Key modifications are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Technical Staff (Applicable Standard 1.4A)
  • Focused Pediatric TEE (Applicable Standard 2.9B)
  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Oversight (Applicable Standard 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standards 2.1C, 2.1.1C, 2.1.2C, 2.1.3C, 2.1.4C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standards 3.1.1C, 3.1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Documentation (Applicable Standard 4.1C)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 3, 2015 revision. These Standards will become effective on February 3, 2016. Facilities applying for accreditation after February 3, 2016 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.

Coming Soon … Resources to Assist with the New Quality Improvement (QI) Standards

To better assist facilities with implementing these new Standards, the IAC will make available the following resources:

  • Sample QI Policy
  • Sample QI Meeting Minutes [Now Available!]
  • Sample QI Assessment
  • QI Self-Assessment Tool: A tool to be used for the evaluation and documentation of QI that will be accessed through a link in the IAC Online Accreditation application system. The tool will be available by January 1, 2016.

Proposed Changes to IAC Adult Echocardiography Standards Now Open for Public Comment - COMMENT PERIOD NOW CLOSED

APRIL 15, 2015 | In keeping with the IAC's continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, we are pleased to announce that the public now has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the IAC Standards for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and revised as needed. As a new component to the accreditation process, proposed Standards that have been approved by the Board of Directors are then posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to the current Standards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards

Beginning April 15th, 2015, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm to comment on any of the proposed Standards until June 15th, 2015. In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline. 

One of the proposed revisions to the Standards (1.1.1.3A) includes a change to the Medical Director training and experience pathway. To read background on this proposed revision, please visit intersocietal.org/echo/main/pathway.htm.

At the close of the comment period, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors will review any submitted comments, consider modifications as needed and vote for final approval of the Standards. Facilities are notified of changes to the published Standards, and the most current version of the Standards can be viewed or printed from the IAC Echocardiography website at intersocietal.org/echo/main/echo_standards.htm.

Proposed Changes to IAC Pediatric Echocardiography Standards Now Open for Public Comment - COMMENT PERIOD NOW CLOSED

MARCH 23, 2015 | In keeping with the IAC's continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, we are pleased to announce that the public now has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation.

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and revised as needed. As a new component to the accreditation process, proposed Standards that have been approved by the Board of Directors are then posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to the current Standards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards.  

Beginning March 23rd, 2015, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm to comment on any of the proposed Standards until June 1st, 2015. In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline.

At the close of the comment period, the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors will review any submitted comments, consider modifications as needed and vote for final approval of the Standards. Facilities are notified of changes to the published Standards, and the most current version of the Standards can be viewed or printed from the IAC Echocardiography website at intersocietal.org/echo/main/echo_standards.htm

IAC Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Management System and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Certifications

JANUARY 15, 2015 | The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) ISO Logoannounced today that it is the first organization to achieve integrated management system certification (9001:2008 and 27001:2013); accredited against ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) standards.

ISO 9001:2008 is process-based, a certification that recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. ISO 27001:2013 recognizes organizations that establish and maintain an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

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