(RadSite: Annapolis, MD) -- RadSite, a national leader in promoting operational excellence in imaging, has expanded its quality benchmarking activities for radiology and imaging practices to offer a formal accreditation program. The RadSite Accreditation Program builds upon the existing assessment criteria that RadSite has offered since 2005, which is referred to as the RadSite Certification Program.
“RadSite’s new accreditation program raises the bar on quality benchmarking in imaging,” says Cherrill Farnsworth, RadSite’s advisory board chair. “On behalf of the RadSite board of directors, which just approved the new standards for release, we are excited to be able to improve the quality and safety of imaging facilities and procedures, which in turn shall have a positive impact on patients’ lives and promote best practices in a wide variety of imaging settings.”
In development for nearly a year, the new accreditation program is relying on a standards committee to collaborate on what benchmarks to establish and formally peer-review the new accreditation standards. An accreditation committee also has been testing the standards and will formally review all imaging provider applicants. The program is built upon the foundation of the RadSite Certification Program, and adds a number of additional requirements.
The new RadSite Accreditation Program:
• Shares many of the same standards as the existing RadSite Certification Program, which focuses on best practice and evidence-based protocols, qualified staff, and imaging system requirements
• Integrates key criteria that support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) requirements for the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) regulations
• Requires the submission of two or three case studies for each imaging system and includes a technical review of each case study (both a quality and a physics assessment)
• Requests the submission of key written policies and job descriptions for each applicant
• Includes random audits for all accredited organizations, and in some cases, for applicants going through the accreditation process for the first time if certain anomalies are detected
“Among other benefits, the new accreditation standards and accompanying review process are designed to meet MIPPA’s requirements that go into effect next year,” says William Orrison, M.D., chair of RadSite’s Standards Committee. “Currently, CMS is reviewing the new accreditation program to determine whether RadSite qualifies to become recognized as one of several deemed entities to fulfill the accreditation requirement under MIPPA. The new standards, along with RadSite’s accreditation review process, has undergone months of inter-rater reliability and beta testing to ensure that we have a highly credible benchmarking and evaluation process.”