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IAC Vascular Testing Releases Updates to Standards - New Quality Improvement Requirements Effective February 3, 2016

AUGUST 3, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Vascular Testing is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the vascular testing community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and technologists 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 Vascular Testing Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were posted to the IAC Vascular Testing website for a 60-day public comment period from April 17 to June 17, 2015. Following careful review and consideration of the comments received, the Board of Directors voted final approval of the Standards.  

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Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Vascular Testing

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

  • Quality Improvement Program (Applicable Standard 1.1C and 1.2C)
  • Quality Improvement Measures (Applicable Standard 2.1C)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.1C)
  • 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 have policies in place in order to 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 effective February 3, 2016, the IAC will make available the following resources:

Proposed Changes to IAC Vascular Testing Standards Now Open for Public Comment - COMMENT PERIOD NOW CLOSED

APRIL 17, 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 Vascular Testing Accreditation

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC Vascular Testing 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 17th, 2015, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htmto 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. 

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.

IAC Vascular Testing Releases Updates to Standards

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | As an accreditation organization, IAC Vascular Testing is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the vascular testing community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and technologists 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, once approved by the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors, proposed Standards are posted to the IAC Vascular Testing website for a 60-day public comment period. Standards that are affected by the most recent public comment period (November 3, 2014 to January 3, 2015) are included in this published version.

The majority of changes are a clarification or explanation of the previous Standards, however, in some instances, the requirements have been modified. Key modifications are shown in the current Standards in highlighting and include:

  • Personnel and Supervision – Medical Director & Medical Staff Formal Training Requirements (Applicable Standards 1.1.1.1A & 1.3.1.1A)
  • Personnel and Supervision – Medical Director, Technical Director, Medical Staff & Technical Staff Continuing Experience (Guidelines)
  • Examination Reports and Records – Final Report Requirements (Applicable Standard 3.2.6A)
  • Examination Reports and Records – Policies (Applicable Standard 3.2.9A and 3.10A)
  • Examination Reports and Records – Extracranial Cerebrovascular (Applicable Standard 3.5.2.1A)
  • Examination Reports and Records – Peripheral Venous (Applicable Standard 3.8.2.4A)
  • Intracranial Cerebrovascular Testing – Documentation (Applicable Standard 2.7.1.1B)
  • Peripheral Arterial Testing – Equipment (Applicable Standard 3.2B)
  • Peripheral Arterial Testing – Protocols (Applicable Standard 3.3.5B)
  • Peripheral Arterial Testing – Documentation (Applicable Standards 3.5.1B and 3.8B)
  • Peripheral Arterial Testing – Documentation, Supplemental Testing (Applicable Standard 3.9B)
  • Peripheral Arterial Testing – Documentation, Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)/Dialysis Access Graft (Applicable Standard 3.9.4B)
  • Peripheral Venous Testing – Techniques (Applicable Standard 4.4.1B)
  • Peripheral Venous Testing – Documentation, Lower Extremity Venous Duplex for Reflux(Applicable Standard 4.7.2.2B and 4.7.2.3B)
  • Peripheral Venous Testing – Documentation, Venous Stents (Applicable Standard 4.7.5B)
  • Peripheral Venous Testing – Documentation, Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)/Dialysis Access Graft (Applicable Standard 4.7.6B)
  • Visceral Vascular Testing – Documentation, Hepatoportal System (Applicable Standard 5.9.2.3B)
  • Visceral Vascular Testing – Documentation, Renal Vasculature (Applicable Standard 5.9.3.2B)
  • Visceral Vascular Testing – Documentation, Renal Transplant (Applicable Standard 5.9.4.2B)
  • Visceral Vascular Testing – Documentation, Liver Transplant (Applicable Standard 5.9.5B)
  • Quality Improvement Meetings (Applicable Standard 3.3C and 3.4C)

Standards that are highlighted become effective July 1, 2015. Applications submitted after July 1, 2015 must be in compliance with the new Standards

View the new IAC Standards and Guidelines for Vascular Testing Accreditation on the IAC Vascular Testing website.

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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