IAC Releases Cardiac Electrophysiology Accreditation Program
Facilities Can Now Access the Published Standards and Submit Applications
Offering a method for cardiac electrophysiology facilities to voluntarily document a commitment to quality patient care, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announces the release of its cardiac electrophysiology accreditation program. IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology is designed to accredit facilities that perform cardiac electrophysiology procedures by ensuring that the facility meets benchmarks for quality based on published clinical guidelines, best practices and outcomes.
The program is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the four national medical societies related to cardiac electrophysiology, who each serve as sponsoring organizations:
- American College of Cardiology (ACC)
- Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)
- Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
- Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP)
IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology accreditation is offered in the following areas: Testing and Ablation, Device Implantation and Chronic Lead Extraction.
Serving as the basis for the accreditation program, the Standards are an extensive document defining the minimal requirements for cardiac electrophysiology facilities to provide quality care. The Standards are used by facilities as both a guideline and the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care goals and can be found at intersocietal.org/ep/main/cardiacep_standards.htm.
The application for IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology is accessible through IAC Online Accreditation, which features a user-friendly, secure online format. Facilities may visit intersocietal.org/ep/seeking/getting_started.htm to create an account.
"We are pleased to offer the cardiac electrophysiology community an accreditation program designed to promote quality care and positive patient outcomes," said Frank Vermeiren, MS, RT (R)(CV), RDCS, Director of Accreditation, IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology. "Both clinical and administrative support is available through the IAC as facilities explore the Standards and work on completing their applications."
For complete details on the new program, please visit the website at www.intersocietal.org/ep or contact the IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology staff at 800-838-2110.
About the IAC
A nonprofit organization highly regarded for its accreditation programs since 1990, the IAC is committed to its mission of Improving health care through accreditation®, through 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 and cardiac electrophysiology. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of more than 40 national medical societies. Varying per modality and practice setting, IAC accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by numerous private insurers. For more information, please visit intersocietal.org.