The “Intersocietal Accreditation Commission” or IAC for sets Nuclear Cardiology standards for echo labs across the US.
The IAC provides facility accreditation specific to Nuclear Cardiology in the following testing areas:
- myocardial perfusion imaging;
- equilibrium radionuclide angiography;
- cardiac PET imaging;
- other cardiovascular imaging
Designed to serve facilities as an educational tool, IAC Nuclear/PET accreditation is made up of two crucial steps:
- First, facilities conduct a detailed self-evaluation using the IAC Standards and Guidelines for Nuclear/PET Accreditation and the application. Completion of the application requires detailed information on all aspects of facility operation as well as the submission of actual case studies for review. The case studies are crucial in determining the facility’s compliance with the Standards, and are the basis for judgment of the quality of work that facilities perform;
- Once the self-evaluation is completed, the documents and case studies are reviewed by the Board of Directors
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 nuclear cardiology.
- IAC Nuclear Cardiology – Accreditation Verification )