December 13, 2012 Minnesota Vein Center was recently granted re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commision; recognizing Minnesota Vein Center as an Accredited Vascular/Venous Testing Facility. The prestigious accreditation is a three-year-term and is awarded only to facilities that demonstrate exemplary and outstanding patient care, in compliance with rigorous national standards.
Venous disease affects an estimated 80 million people in the United States today. Detection of venous insufficiency of the superficial system as well as potential life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is possible through Vascular Testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices.
There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis of these conditions. The skill of the technologist 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.
This re-accreditation by IAC means that Minnesota Vein Center has again undergone thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditiation 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. Minnesota Vein Center received their initial 3- year IAC accreditation in 2009.
Dr. Pal, Rachel Isaak, RVT, and Jacqueline Pal, CNP, state they are all thrilled to receive this “seal of approval.” Their patients understand they can rely on Minnesota Vein Center as a facility that has been carefully critiqued in all aspects of its operations by medical experts in the field of Vascular Testing. Today patients are encouraged to inquire as to the status of accreditation where their venous and vascular evaluations and treatments and performed.
Patients can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.
The IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community and is supported by national medical societies, physicians, technologists and sonographers. Vascular Testing accreditation is required in some states by Medicare and Medicaid and by some private insurance companies. The IAC recommends patients self-advocate to ensure their care and testing are performed within accredited facilities.