News | Published August 22, 2014

Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology receives national recognition for vascular testing

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology has been granted a three-year term of re-accreditation in vascular testing by the Intersocietal American Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means the Group has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components. The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards, through a comprehensive and detailed case review of vascular testing.

Vascular testing can provide early detection of life-threatening cardiovascular diseases and conditions. Though the tests themselves are extremely helpful, other factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis include the skill of the technologist, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and quality assurance measures.

“We are extremely proud of this re-accreditation. It follows our mission to provide full vascular services to our patients and our community, including minimally invasive endovascular and surgical treatment options," said Jonathan Nachtigall, DO, new medical director of the cardiovascular testing facility at Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology. 

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians and sonographers. Vascular testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their vascular testing procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities, accreditation remains a voluntary process.