What’s ACR® accreditation?

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The American College of Radiology accredits facilities that provide mammography and other medical imaging services, and can also accredit facilities that perform procedures such as MRI, CAT scans, PET scans, or nuclear medicine. The accreditation process requires meeting certain standards and lasts for three years. ACR is a corporation of radiologists with a legislative and executive branch, and receives input from various sources.

The American College of Radiology, or ACR®, accredits facilities that provide mammography and other medical imaging services. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designates ACR® as an accrediting body under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. When a facility is accredited by ACR®, it is certified by the FDA and can legally offer mammography services in the United States .

The ACR® can accredit facilities that provide mammography in all states. As of 2011, the states of Iowa, Texas, and Arkansas offer facility accreditation through their individual state departments of health. Unless this type of certification is required by state law, mammography facilities in those states may choose to undergo ACR® accreditation instead.

The ACR® may also accredit imaging facilities that perform procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CAT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, or nuclear medicine. These facilities may require accreditation to comply with Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act requirements to receive Medicare payments. The ACR® is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to accredit facilities that perform these tests.

The ACR® accreditation process requires a facility to meet certain standards. These standards include facility personnel qualifications, equipment standards, imaging equipment quality control, equipment inspections, internal medical audits, reporting documentation standard, proper logging, and a robust reporting system. patient complaint. Facilities must complete an admission application, arrange for equipment testing by a medical physicist, and pay an application fee before the ACR® can begin the accreditation process.

ACR® accreditation for mammography facilities lasts three years from the date of accreditation. The ACR® notifies the FDA of accreditation, and a certificate is sent to the facility to demonstrate that it can legally offer mammography services. A facility can obtain a six-month interim certificate that allows it to operate as a mammography testing facility until the accreditation process is completed. Each mammography unit is treated as a separate unit under ACR® accreditation and incurs a separate fee. The ACR® may require that the mobile mammography unit accreditation be under a facility’s existing ACR® accreditation, be treated as a separate facility, or be treated as a multiple facility, depending on the circumstances.

ACR® itself is a corporation of radiologists with a legislative branch and an executive branch. More than 400 of its members volunteer each year to create and optimize accreditation programs. The ACR® receives input from specialty radiology societies, federal agencies, and the US military.

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