July 18, 2013
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Phoenix, has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in Adult Transthoracic care by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that a panel of national experts has thoroughly reviewed and approved the operational and technical components of the services performed by the Echocardiography Department at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. 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.
This is important because echocardiograms are a key procedure for the diagnosis of heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease — disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.
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.
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 physicians, sonographers and other medical experts in the field of echocardiography.
"This accreditation illustrates that the facility has achieved service standards at the highest level, and is a testament to the extraordinary efforts put forth by the echocardiographers, physicians and all our other stakeholders," said Cesar Garcia, director of North Mountain's Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Diagnostic Labs.
"With the IAC 'seal of approval,' North Mountain's Echocardiology Department is now part of a select class of excellence and service standards that both the department and institution have reason to celebrate," Garcia added.
Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some 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. 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.
Learn more by visiting the Patient Information section of IAC Echocardiography online.
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