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IAC Staff Recognized at Society for Vascular Ultrasound's 2014 Annual Conference

SVU Award

NOVEMBER 2014 | Congratulations to Sandra Katanick, IAC CEO, for receiving the SVU 2014 Professional Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Marge Hutchisson, IAC Director of Accreditation – Vascular Testing/Vein Center, for receiving the SVU 2014 Certificate of Appreciation Service Award.

We are proud of their dedication to improving quality vascular testing!

Read the official SVU press release on all of this year’s winners here»

Proposed Changes to IAC Vascular Testing Standards Now Open for Public Comment - Comments May Be Submitted to IAC Now Through January 3, 2015

NOVEMBER 2014 | 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 and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation.

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors and revised as needed. Once approved by the Board of Directors, proposed Standards are posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to current Standards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards.

Beginning November 3rd, 2014, the public may visit the IAC website atintersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm to comment on any of the proposed Standardsuntil January 3rd, 2015. In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline. The IAC does not accept comments that are e-mailed.

To Submit A Comment On Proposed Standards:

  1. Visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm;
  2. Scroll down to the section for Vascular Testing Standards Available for Comment;
  3. Select the proposed Standard on which to comment;
  4. A window will expand with the description of the Standard and the proposed change on the left;
  5. On the right, fill in your name and comment in the boxes provided;
  6. Hit submit.

At the close of the comment period, the IAC Vascular Testing 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 Vascular Testing website at intersocietal.org/vascular/main/vascular_standards.htm.

VALUE Study Reports on Accreditation Status and Location of Outpatient Vascular Testing Facilities Among Medicare Beneficiaries

SEPTEMBER 2014 | Ellicott City, MD – The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announced today that researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published a manuscript in Vascular Medicine analyzing a random national sample of Medicare beneficiary data to determine the outpatient vascular testing facilities’ accreditation status and geographic location. The study manuscript entitled, “Accreditation Status and Geographic Location of Outpatient Vascular Testing Facilities Among Medicare Beneficiaries: The VALUE (Vascular Accreditation, Location & Utilization Evaluation) Study” is the first peer-reviewed presentation of the results. Findings indicate that the proportion of outpatient vascular testing facilities that are IAC accredited is low and varies by region. Read the complete press release»

Pre-submission Case Requirements Check Now Available

The pre-submission case requirements check for applicant facilities (Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT/Dental) is currently available. Applicant facilities may elect to upgrade the application now or wait for the upgrade to occur on June 15th, 2014. The pre-submission check is initiated by the facility after the application questionnaire is completed but prior to the final application submission. The check is then performed by IAC staff within two business days and was designed to rectify errors and inappropriate case study selection made by facility users in an effort to provide a more efficient application submission process. To learn more about the process and how to access this new feature, visit intersocietal.org/iac/casecheck.htm.

Enhancements to Online Accreditation
NEW FEATURES INCLUDE CASE STUDIES CHECK, ENHANCED PASSWORD RESET

APRIL 2014 | In keeping with IAC’s commitment to continuously streamline the online accreditation process, the IAC is pleased to announce new enhancements available to applicant facilities:

Pre-submission Case Requirements Check

IAC is now offering a pre-submission case requirements check for applicant facilities (Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Nuclear/PET, MRI, CT/Dental). The pre-submission case requirements check will be performed by IAC staff and was designed to rectify errors and inappropriate case study selection made by facility users prior to final application submission in an effort to provide a more efficient application submission process. To learn more about the process and how to access this new feature, visit intersocietal.org/iac/casecheck.htm.

Enhanced Password Reset Process

We are pleased to announce that IAC has also enhanced the process for resetting a password for Online Accreditation. By clicking the Forgot Your Password? link on the account login screen, then verifying account details, it is now easier to access your account if you have forgotten or lost your User ID or password. Tips for Securing Your Online Accreditation Login Information»

For additional help or questions about your online account, please contact IAC staff at 800-838-2110 or e-mail online-app-help@intersocietal.org.

IAC Changes Fee Structure for Multiple Sites

FEBRUARY 2014 | Effective March 1, 2014, the fees for facilities applying for multiple sites will change. New multiple site fee structure (effective 3/1/2014):

VASCULAR, ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, NUCLEAR/PET
Per site fee for multiple sites:

  • $1,200 per site for sites 2-3
  • $960 per site for sites 4-10 (20% discount)
  • $750 per site for each site over 10

MRI/CT [updated 10/2014]
Each site or unit over one:

  • $1,200 site/unit (2-3)
  • $960 per site/unit (4-10) (20% discount)
  • $750 per site/unit (over 10)

For complete details on vascular testing fees, visit the Fees page»

IAC Stenosis Diagnostic Criteria White Paper

JANUARY 6, 2014 | In the context of significant inconsistency related to the use of diagnostic criteria for internal carotid artery stenosis, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Vascular Testing (formerly ICAVL) today issued a White Paper entitled IAC Vascular Testing White Paper on Carotid Stenosis Interpretation Criteria”. It puts forward a recommendation that, in the absence of a rigorously, internally validated single set of diagnostic criteria, facilities should consider the use of one single set of standardized diagnostic criteria. The recommendations made within the White Paper aim to through more standardization of internal carotid artery stenosis diagnostic criteria enhance the accuracy, reproducibility, portability and value of duplex ultrasound for the diagnosis of carotid disease.  

Read IAC Vascular Testing White Paper on Carotid Stenosis Interpretation Criteria»

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