RadSite’s MIPPA Accreditation Program, or MAP, allows providers to apply for accreditation of their CT, MRI, PET and SPECT imaging systems with a single application. MAP includes a review of personnel, policies and procedures, as well as sample clinical images and phantom studies. RadSite does not mandate the purchase of a specific phantom for the evaluation of the physics component, but rather accepts many standard phantoms that providers may already own, potentially saving facilities thousands of dollars at the beginning of the application process.
In addition to meeting all requirements set forth by CMS, the program is designed as an extension of RadSite’s educational mission by allowing providers a 60-day corrective action period to remedy any deficiencies and improve their processes without immediate failure or extra fees. RadSite also provides constructive feedback through consultative on-site visits and lists of suggested opportunities for improvement that can help all applicants take gradual steps to improving their quality even further.
Although RadSite is one of four possible programs approved by CMS for accrediting your diagnostic imaging facility and equipment, we truly stand out from the others. With RadSite, applicants receive a more detailed and formal accreditation program, yet the steps involved are simple, easy-to-use and we provide the lowest cost in the industry. So you get high quality for low dollar in a user-friendly format.
RadSite’s MAP Application Process:
Step 1: Facility Information
Applicants are asked to answer questions about facility demographics, personnel qualifications and responsibilities, policies and procedures.
Step 2: Required Documentation
During the second step, required documentation is uploaded to support the facility information provided in Step 1. Documents includes copies of medical licenses for physicians or certifications for technologists, job descriptions for key roles, and sample policies and procedures.
Step 3: Modality Information
Applicants are asked to provide basic information on each machine (model and manufacturer name, year of manufacture and last upgrade, frequency of basic QC checks). We also ask applicants to upload technical images and reports through our ImageShare link to demonstrate image and physics quality for each system. Three patient case studies for each machine, and an additional fourth if pediatric patients are regularly seen at the facility are also required. For the case studies, applicants are asked to include actual patient images and the corresponding report. We also request a copy of the latest annual medical physics report, including phantom images.
Access to Personal Account Manager
At the start of the accreditation process, each applicant is assigned a personal account manager. Applicants will always talk to the same person, eliminating the need to repeat the account history every time there is a question. Once the Accreditation and HIPAA BA Agreements are signed and payment has been submitted, access to the online portal will be granted. RadSite allows 90 days to complete all of the steps and submit the application. During this time, applicants can request a one-time 30-day extension. To begin your accreditation process, click here.
Radiology Accreditation Review Process
Once an application has been submitted, it will undergo a three-part review process by qualified experts. Lastly, the application is reviewed by RadSite’s Accreditation Committee for final approval.
Final Thoughts | Radiology Accreditation Process
RadSite is governed by a committee system of stakeholders to ensure we implement best-in-class programs that are transparent and accountable to improve our mission. We are a leader in promoting quality-based imaging standards – along with safety and business efficiency practices in health care. Our programs help assess, track and report imaging trends in an effort to enhance imaging procedures and outcomes. In addition to our accreditation program, we also offer educational programs, publish issue briefs and underwrite research on a complimentary basis to raise awareness of patient safety issues and to promote best practices.