MFSH Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC

Released: 5/30/2013

Cardiovascular diseases - disorders of the heart and blood vessels - are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the United States was $503.2 billion for 2010.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians' offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult transesophageal, adult transthoracic, and adult stress by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

"Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital is proud to have a very talented and caring staff of technologists and physicians that provide excellent quality care for our patients," said Dawn Taylor, director of cardiopulmonary and imaging services at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. "This accreditation confirms that the Suburban lab provides the highest standard of testing in the areas of transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and stress echo testing."

Accreditation by the IAC means that Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by a number of private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.