– Atlantic General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation
in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation
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.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Atlantic General 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
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 some private insurers.
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; accreditation is not required in the state of Maryland.