The “Intersocietal Accreditation Commission” or IAC for sets echocardiography standards for echo labs across the US.
The purpose of Echocardiography accreditation is to maintain quality and consistency across echocardiography labs in the United States. Echocardiography accreditation is offered in the following areas:
Accreditation is a two part process:
- First each facility will conduct a detailed self-evaluation, paying close attention to the IAC standards and Guidelines;
- The facility will then complete the application and submit actual case studies to the board of directors for review. Once all requirements have been met, the lab will receive IAC certification
IAC accredited certification is a continual process and must be maintained by the facility, this may include audits or site visits by the IAC.
There are several states in which Medicare and/or private insurance carriers are requiring either the accreditation of the laboratory and/or sonographer credentialing, for reimbursement of echocardiograms.