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Echocardiography Lab Reaccreditation

3/27/2008 

The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories(ICAEL) has granted reaccreditation for Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography to the Echocardiography Lab at Children's Hospital Central California.

In 1997, Children's Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to become accredited when the ICAEL established the accreditation process. Eleven hospitals were part of the pilot program and three were pediatric facilities.

ICAEL accreditation is a voluntary process that demonstrates compliance with the requirements outlined in the ICAEL Standards. Over the past few years, several states and payers have adopted payment policies for the reimbursement of echocardiography procedures that require either credentialing of individuals performing examinations or the accreditation of the laboratory. That list continues to grow.

Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of its daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. Participating in the accreditation process provides us a process to identify and correct potential problems, revise protocols and validate quality assurance programs. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained.

Children's Hospital has used our accreditation as a recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest physicians and sonographers. Talented professionals look for high-quality programs, and accreditation assures potential employees that a laboratory is dedicated to achieving the highest standards for patient care. The talented staff at Children's demonstrates our pursuit of excellence in the field of echocardiography and commitment to high-quality patient care.

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