The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is a nonprofit, nationally recognized accrediting organization, founded by medical professionals to advance appropriate utilization, standardization and quality of diagnostic imaging and intervention-based procedures. Committed to a rigorous peer review process, the IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to quality improvement and patient safety and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. Since its inception in 1991, the IAC has granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites.
History of the IAC
The IAC incorporated all of its divisions into one IAC organization in 2008, but its history began more than 30 years ago with the inception of the first of the IAC accreditation divisions — the IAC Vascular Testing — formerly the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in 1991. From this first accrediting body, the IAC has continued its path of developing standards and methods for the evaluation of the quality of care delivered. Holding true to its original mission, the IAC’s scope has expanded to provide similar peer review processes for multiple imaging modalities within the medical community. A division was created in 1996 for the accreditation of echocardiography, in 1997 for the accreditation of nuclear cardiology, general nuclear medicine and PET, in 2000 for the accreditation of MRI, and in 2006 for the accreditation of CT. In 2010, the IAC expanded its scope of accreditation from imaging to include therapeutic, procedure-based accreditation programs through the development of a division for the accreditation of carotid stenting. In 2013, IAC Vein Center was created to evaluate the quality of those providing of vein treatment and management, followed by the release of IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2016 and IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization in fall 2017. The IAC continues to grow and experience success through the multi-specialty, intersocietal collaboration of a vast array of physicians, technologists, sonographers, physicists and numerous other medical professionals. These individuals represent more than 40 medical specialties that serve as sponsoring organizations, contributing to IAC’s multi-stakeholder efforts.
Responding to an increased focus on quality by participating clinicians, referring physicians, administrators, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services, third-party insurers and patients, the IAC has grown its staff, board of directors and network of application reviewers and site visitors incrementally. Today, the IAC works in concert with more than 14,000 sites to provide a pathway for documenting quality patient care.