acr accredidation process for new and renewing facilitiesHas your site failed accreditation due to poor mammographic positioning and image quality?

According to the ACR website, if a facility does not pass accreditation:

  • The ACR’s final report will provide specific recommendations for improvement.
  • If this is a unit’s first attempt, the facility should take corrective action on its own.
  • If this is a unit’s second attempt, the ACR must notify the FDA of its failure. In these cases, the facility must submit documentation of corrective action in order to reinstate.
  • Facilities may appeal any denial of accreditation.

ACR may recommend that you or your facility obtain 8 hours of positioning training related to your re-accreditation.  Mammography Educators can provide immediate positioning training that meets ACR requirements.

See what one hospital had to say about one of our consultants:

The Techs have said great things about Deb Hamel and the training she provided. On my end, you were a great pleasure to work with. You made a very stressful situation very easy and I have no doubt that we will be successful with the training we were provided. I am probably going to be looking to do a refresher course yearly as I can see renewed vigor in the Techs and it’s nice to see them confident again as I am sure they were unsure of their skills as this was our first ACR write up.

Andrew Krivitsky
Huggins Hospital

ACR requires re-accreditation every three years, is it time for your site to renew?

Mammography Educators provides assistance in re-accreditation and regulation compliance including compliance reviews, which include policy and procedure recommendations, patient tracking, use of specialized information systems, and practice standards.

Are you part of a new imaging site in need of an ACR Accreditation?

Mammography Educators provides consulting on-site and remotely to assist with MQSA Inspection Preparation and accreditation applications for new and existing imaging sites. These are vital as all imaging centers must have valid ACR accreditation certificates.

There are many reasons why new and existing sites may be struggling to get their certification in order.  Some facilities have trouble with the complicated application process, including acquiring and selecting high quality images.  Mammography Educators has specialized staff and mammography consultants to walk you through the process step-by-step.

How are additional mammography reviews (AMR) different from the reviews that are performed for ACR accreditation, reaccreditation, or random clinical image review?

According to the FDA Policy Guidance Help System website, Additional Mammography Reviews (AMRs) are performed in cases where FDA or the Certifying State has reason to believe that mammography quality has been compromised and may present a serious risk to human health. An example of such a circumstance might be the detection of a Level 1 phantom image failure during an inspection. Accreditation bodies do not use the clinical image reviews (CIRs) performed during accreditation, re-accreditation, and random clinical image review to investigate possible problems at facilities. Accreditation bodies use these types of CIRs to evaluate the ongoing quality of mammography at all facilities.

 

We can provide immediate positioning training that meets ACR requirements. If ACR has recommended that you or your facility obtain 8 hours of positioning training related to your re-accreditation, then please contact us by filling out the form below.