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Joint Commission Accreditation – 2015

On January 9, 2015, the Joint Commission published significantly updated imaging standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care centers.  These new standards, which primarily impact facilities performing MRI, CT and NM/PET services, take effect on July 1, 2015 and mandate a broad range of quality and safety activities and practices.  Joint Commission accredited facilities will be expected to comply with these new standards in addition to any other applicable state or federal regulations, or applicable ACR or IAC accreditation standards.  The new standards consist of 25 new Elements of Performance (EP’s) that address the following general areas:

  • Imaging equipment quality control and maintenance
  • Medical physicist credentialing
  • Technologist continuing education
  • Patient radiation exposure
  • Staff radiation exposure
  • MRI safety

Among the numerous specific requirements in the new standards are the following:

  • Annual measurement of CT radiation dose by a medical physicist
  • Annual performance evaluation of CT, MRI, and NM/PET units by a medical physicist
  • Performance of lead shielding designs by a qualified physicist upon equipment installation, upgrade or renovation
  • Performance of radiation protection surveys by a qualified physicist after such activity
  • Annual radiation dose optimization training for CT technologists
  • Annual MRI safety training for MRI technologists
  • Recording of patient CT radiation doses on every diagnostic CT study in the medical record and in the interpretive report
  • Consideration of patient age and recent imaging exams when deciding on the most appropriate type of imaging exam
  • Consideration of clinical indication, contrast administration, age, patient size and body habitus, and expected dose range in establishing CT protocols
  • Periodic review of CT imaging protocols with the radiologist, technologist and medical physicist
  • Compilation and analysis of patient CT dose incidents in comparison to dose benchmarks
  • MRI access control, incident tracking, supervision and signage

West Physics has unique expertise and experience to help facilities comply with ALL of these new standards and we have developed a set of services for individual facilities as well as networks to efficiently and quickly address the standards.  Whether you require assistance with only those new requirements that specifically require a medical physicist, or you prefer a turn-key integrated solution (to include all required staff training, policies and procedures, dose tracking program setup, etc.), West Physics is willing and able to meet your needs.

Ensure complete success during your next Joint Commission accreditation inspection by selecting a medical physics provider that not only has a reputation as the premier provider of medical physics services in the nation, but also has intimate knowledge of the new standards and how to effectively and efficiently comply with them.  Our physicists look forward to helping you meet the new standards in a simple, stress-free and cost-effective manner.

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Joint Commission Accreditation

On June 25, 2018, The Joint Commission published updated imaging standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and office-based surgery centers providing fluoroscopy services. Five new standards, which impact facilities performing general and interventional fluoroscopy services, took effect on January 1, 2019 in addition to two more standards that were revised on July 1, 2018, and mandate a broad range of quality and safety activities and practices. Joint Commission accredited facilities will be expected to comply with these new standards in addition to any other applicable state or federal regulations, or applicable ACR or IAC accreditation standards.

The two revised 2018 Elements of Performance (EPs) address the Environment of Care (EC) area. These are:

  • EC.02.02.01 – Organization manages risks related to hazardous materials and waste
    • EP 7. The organization minimizes risks associated with the selection and use of hazardous energy sources, including x-ray equipment. This EP now includes shielding for fluoroscopy.
    • EP 17. The results of staff dosimetry monitoring are reviewed at least quarterly by the radiation safety officer, a diagnostic medical physicist, or a health physicist. This EP now includes dosimetry from fluoroscopy services.

The five new 2019 Elements of Performance (EPs) that came into effect January 1, 2019 are:

  • EC.02.04.03 – Organization inspects, tests, and maintains medical equipment
    • EP 34. A diagnostic medical physicist conducts an annual performance evaluation of fluoroscopic imaging equipment.
  • HR.01.05.03 – Staff participate in ongoing education and training
    • EP 15. Accredited organization verifies and documents that individuals (including physicians, non-physicians, and ancillary personnel) who use fluoroscopic equipment participate in ongoing annual radiation safety education.
  • PC.01.02.15 – Organization provides for diagnostic testing
    • EP 13. The accredited organization ensures the cumulative-air kerma or kerma area product is documented in a retrievable format, or if the equipment is incapable of recording those metrics, fluoroscopy time and number of images.
  • PC.02.01.01 – Organization provides care, treatment, and services for each patient
    • EP 30. The accredited organization identifies radiation exposure and skin dose threshold levels.
  • PI.02.01.01 – Organization complies and analyzes data
    • EP 20. The accredited organization reviews and analyzes instances where the radiation exposure and skin threshold levels identified by the organization are exceeded.

Additionally, if a facility has not previously been required to appoint a Radiation Safety Officer, the following new EP in the Leadership (LD) category also applies:

  • LD.04.01.05 – Organization effectively manages its programs. services, or sites
    • EP 25. The organization designates an individual to serve as the radiation safety officer, who is responsible for making certain that radiologic services are provided in accordance with law, regulation, and organizational policy.

West Physics has unique expertise and experience to help facilities comply with ALL of these new standards and we have developed a set of services for individual facilities as well as networks to efficiently and quickly address the standards. Whether you require assistance with only those new requirements that specifically require a medical physicist, or you prefer a turn-key integrated solution (to include all required equipment testing, staff training, establishing dose thresholds, RSO services, etc.), West Physics is capable of meeting your needs.

Ensure complete success during your next Joint Commission accreditation survey by selecting a medical and health physics provider that not only has a reputation as the premier provider of medical and health physics services in the nation, but also has intimate knowledge of the new standards and how to effectively and efficiently comply with them. Our physicists look forward to helping you meet the new standards in a simple, stress-free and cost-effective manner.

Please contact us today for a no-obligation quote.

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Annual/Periodic Physics Testing

Whether to meet Joint Commission, ACR, IAC or State regulatory requirements, diagnostic imaging equipment requires periodic (in most cases annual) performance testing by a qualified physicist. West Physics provides these quality assurance services in a prompt, expert, and convenient manner. Our clients, located throughout the United States, know that they can count on our team of professionals to perform this testing expediently and to all applicable standards. Whether your needs are in MRI, CT, PET, SPECT, mammography, ultrasound, radiography, or fluoroscopy, we employ state-of-the-art test equipment and highly-trained graduate-degreed physicists to assure you total compliance and maximum value.

All of West Physics’ annual services include:

  • on-site refresher training for technologists (with ASRT Category A credits available),
  • quality control records review and consultation,
  • a turn-key Quality Control / Policies and Procedures Binder (for ACR-accredited equipment),
  • unlimited telephone consulting for as long as you remain a client, and
  • flexible scheduling options, including weekend service (subject to availability).

We pride ourselves on not only ensuring your facility’s regulatory compliance, but also on making substantive improvements to your image quality. Our physicists are trained to communicate test results clearly and understandably, and work with your service personnel to resolve problems rapidly. This is why some of the most prestigious imaging centers and networks in the nation have chosen West Physics. Let us show you the West Physics difference!

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Auditing & Regulatory Consulting

West Physics offers a full range of professional regulatory consulting services to represent clients in a wide range of situations. From serving as Radiation Safety Officers (RSO) for hospitals and clinics, to assisting health care facilities with obtaining or amending federal or state radioactive materials (RAM) licenses, West Physics has the depth of experience few if any firms can offer. Among our regulatory services are the following:

  • RAM License Application and Amendment Preparation
  • RSO services for nuclear medicine and all other types of RAM holders
  • Representation of licensees before enforcement proceedings
  • Nuclear medicine program startup and change consulting
  • Nuclear medicine program quarterly audits
  • Design of dosimetry monitoring programs
  • Provision of standards-compliant Policies and Procedures

All of our regulatory consulting services are provided by a world-class staff of experts who have expertise and experience with a multitude of program types and scenarios. In particular, the staff is intimately familiar with the unique needs of emerging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET). West Physics’ President & Chief Medical Physicist, Dr. Geoffrey West, has special expertise in the regulatory consulting arena due to his status as a former nuclear materials inspector for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as to his possession of board certifications in both health physics and medical physics. West Physics has provided highly successful RSO services for a number of large-scale RAM operations and our staff specializes in unique situations and complex needs.

Please contact us today to discuss your specific needs.