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Have your say on the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Standards

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare is calling for submissions and survey responses on safety and quality of diagnostic imaging services and the model of accreditation.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare invites stakeholders to provide feedback on patient safety and quality issues in diagnostic imaging and the current accreditation model. 

In July 2021, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare commenced administering the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme.

Accreditation provides a commitment to the community that a diagnostic imaging practice meets expected standards for safety and quality. It is a formal program where trained assessors review an imaging practice’s evidence of implementation of the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Standards.

Imaging practices not accredited under the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme cannot provide Medicare funded diagnostic imaging services. Unaccredited imaging practices must inform clients prior to carrying out imaging they are not accredited and a Medicare benefit is not payable.

The scheme accredits diagnostic imaging practices offering angiography, CT, fluoroscopy, MRI, mammography, nuclear medicine, orthopantomography, x-ray and ultrasound.

The accreditation model involves an accrediting agency undertaking a desktop audit every four years.

One of the Commission’s functions is developing national safety and quality standards and, as part of that function, reviewing the existing Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Standards. 

In this initial consultation, stakeholders, including diagnostic imaging practitioners and providers, are invited to participate in the survey set up by the Commission to examine safety and quality of diagnostic imaging services, any areas of variation in services provided, safety and quality of data to monitor diagnostic imaging and the model of accreditation.

The Commission welcomes survey responses or written submissions from diagnostic imaging practitioners and providers that will help improve quality of care for patients in the future. 

The survey can be accessed here.

More information about the consultation can be viewed here.

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