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Proposed Changes to IAC Vascular Testing Standards Now Open for Public Comment

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 currentStandards 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).

Read the complete press release»

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 - THIS COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

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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