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Published on November 20, 2013

Concord Hospital’s Cardiovascular Department and Concord Hospital Medical Group Cardiac Associates Receive Accreditation from Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one 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 (ultrasounds of the heart) performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physician’s 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.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has granted Concord Hospital Cardiovascular Department and Concord Hospital Medical Group Cardiac Associates the following accreditations:

  • Concord Hospital’s Cardiovascular Department has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress;
  • Concord Hospital Medical Group Cardiac Associates in Concord has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress;
  • Concord Hospital Medical Group Cardiac Associates in Laconia has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Concord Hospital Cardiovascular Department and Concord Hospital Medical Group Cardiac Associates have undergone a thorough review of their 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. 

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. 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.

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