Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Proposes Changes to Standards

IAClogoIntersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) periodically updates the standards for accreditation. As part of the process, the IAC is accepting comments as they relate to the proposed changes to the accreditation standards. You can access these proposed changes and submit your comments directly to the IAC here.

Proposed areas open for comment are as follows:

Adult Echocardiography Pediatric Echocardiography, open until June 1, 2016

  • Changes concerning medical director and medical staff training and experience pathways.
  • Changes to CME requirement for medical director and medical staff.
  • Required training and experience changes for technical staff.
  • Requirements for credentialing of technical staff, specifically new program graduates and sonographers who are cross-training (provisional staff).
  • Changes to the required Quality Improvement (QI) measures.

Pediatric Echocardiography, open until June 1, 2016

  • Changes to CME requirement for medical director.
  • Required training and experience changes for technical staff.
  • Requirements for credentialing of technical staff, specifically new program graduates and sonographers who are cross-training (provisional staff).

Vascular Testing, open until June 15, 2016

  • Requirements for credentialing of technical staff, as well as new program graduates and sonographers who are cross-training (provisional staff).
  • Arteriovenous fistula (AFV)/dialysis access grafts protocol additional assessment requirement.
  • Vein diameter measurement changes.

As a sonographer I truly believe this an excellent opportunity to have our voices “heard.” Let us know what you think about the proposed changes to the accreditation standards. You can reach out to me directly at sabrina.newell@mdbuyline.com.

Sabrina Newell, MS, RCS
ABOUT THIS EXPERT
Sabrina Newell, MS, RCS, Clinical Analyst — Ms. Sabrina Newell joined MD Buyline as a clinical analyst in 2016 with more than 16 years of clinical experience. She specializes in ultrasound technology. During her time in the field, Ms. Newell has served in management roles, as the technical director for lab accreditation and as a clinical instructor for sonography students. She has also developed, monitored and enforced compliance guidelines. Ms. Newell graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in echocardiography in 2008. She earned a Master of Science with distinction in healthcare management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. Ms. Newell is a Registered Cardiac Sonographer and is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography.