URGENT NEWS FLASH – Affecting Physicians Seeking RPVI Credential!

ARDMSThe ARDMS has just released a new update stating that as of August 12, 2014, Ultrasound Case Studies from accredited education facilities will no longer be accepted to meet the recommended 500 cases needed to sit for the PVI examination.1 The ARDMS is currently accepting applications through March 10, 2014 for those planning to sit for the April 9 –May 13 examination window. 2  This first examination window of 2014 will still allow Cases obtained by education providers to be used toward PVI examination prerequisites.

What does this mean?

If you apply with ARDMS to take your exam BEFORE March 10, 2014:

  • Applicants will be able to use a case log from an accredited education provider to meet necessary case study prerequisites for the April 9 – May 13, 2014 PVI examination period. Example: Vascular Case Studies – Online Classroom

If you wait to apply with ARDMS to take your exam AFTER March 10, 2014:

  • All case study prerequisite requirements (500 cases) must be obtained in a clinical setting.

How can I prepare for my PVI Examination?

  • If you need cases to meet your examination prerequisites you can register for the Vascular Case Studies – Online Classroom, which will meet case study requirements for 100 cases for those taking their PVI examination between April  9 – May 13, 2014. This activity is also approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1TM credits to fulfill the 12 CME credit requirements.
  • Prior to taking your examination, there is also an RPVI Registry Review Course at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute in-person or live online February 20-21, 2014 in St. Pete Beach, FL. (The RPVI Registry Review is also available Online, On-Demand.)


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2 ARDMS RPVI Exam / Application Schedule:


Intersocial Accreditation Commission (IAC) presents Helpful Resources

Intersocial Accreditation Commission (IAC) presents Helpful Resources

Intersocial Accreditation Commission (IAC) presents Helpful Resources




On Demand Webcasts

24/7 access…FREE of charge…Learn at your leisure from trained accreditation specialists. The IAC has created a series of webcasts entitled Accreditation On Demand. Now you can learn about accreditation at your leisure, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, for free. Accreditation On Demand is simple and easy to use; just choose the topic you wish to learn more about, sit back and listen.

Topics Include:

[NEW!] Policies, Procedures and Final Reports: What’s Required and Why

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Recorded from a previous live webinar sponsored by the IAC and SVU. Note: This webcast was recorded from a previous webinar, no CE credit is available.

Related Documents | Webcast Handouts: Policies, Procedures and Final Reports»

Reimbursement Issues in the Vascular Laboratory | View the webcast»

Recorded from a previous live webinar sponsored by the IAC and SVU. Note: This webcast was recorded from a previous webinar, no CE credit is available.

Related Documents | Webcast Handouts: Reimbursement»

Performing Quality Assurance in the Vascular Lab | View the webcast»

Recorded from a previous live webinar sponsored by the IAC and SVU. Note: This webcast was recorded from a previous webinar, no CE credit is available.

Related Documents | Meet Q&A: Performing QA in the Vascular Lab (Answers from questions asked during the webinar)

Cardiovascular Imaging Lab Accreditation: What You Need to Know Now | View the webcast»

Recorded from a previous live webinar sponsored by the IAC and ACC. Note: To view this webcast, you must complete the free registration form on ACC website. You will then given the URL and a password to view/listen to the webinar.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIEWING WEBCASTS:Select a link above to view a webcast. The link with either open a new browser window or will automatically open a .wmv file. If a new window opens, you can select playback to watch the recording automatically or download the file as an ARF. Note: You will need to download the ARF player prior to closing the browser window if you choose the download option.If the link is a wmv file, the webcast will open and play immediately using Windows Media Player [Macintosh users may view it using QuickTime or Windows Media Player for Mac]. Then just sit back and listen. Please note: You may need to adjust your computer volume to hear the audio.

If you have any problems using Accreditation On Demand, technical support is available by contacting webinars@intersocietal.org. Accreditation On Demand . . . Learning about the process of accreditation has never been so easy!

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute Awarded Six Year Accreditation with Commendation

Accreditation with Commendation

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute receives Accreditation with Commendation
(Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) produced an Accreditation with Commendation
emblem that is included on the accreditation certificate sent to those ACCME-accredited providers that
achieve Accreditation with Commendation. Overall, approximately 21% of ACCME-accredited providers that
have been evaluated under the Accreditation Criteria have achieved Accreditation with Commendation.
1The ACCME encourages CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving Accreditation with Commendation by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. In addition, the Accreditation with Commendation emblem may be used by only ACCME-accredited providers. State-accredited providers may not use this emblem.

On April 5, 2013, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute announced that they had been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six (6) years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports US health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.

The ACCME is accountable to the public for setting and maintaining accreditation requirements designed to ensure that CME accredited within the ACCME system is based on valid content, is free from commercial influence or bias, and contributes to the quality and safety of health care. As the US health care system continues to evolve, the ACCME will respond by making changes to its requirements or processes that are necessary to assure that CME serves the best interests of the public.

The ACCME’s mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities2.

The ACCME accreditation system is based on a model of self-regulation, peer evaluation, and quality assurance. The ACCME has a rigorous, multilevel process for making accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. These decisions are determined through a review by two ACCME committees: first, the Accreditation Review Committee, and second, the Decision Committee of the Board of Directors. All accreditation decisions are then ratified by the full Board of Directors. Throughout the process, the ACCME staff members provide support and guidance to committee members. This multi-tiered process provides the checks and balances necessary to ensure fair and accurate decisions. The ACCME implements quality-control measures to ensure that accreditation decisions are consistent and impartial.

Accredited providers are reviewed every four or six years. Each year, the ACCME reviews approximately 200 CME providers, representing about 30 percent of the provider pool. As another measure of accountability, the ACCME has a Process for Handling Complaints Regarding ACCME-Accredited Providers to respond to complaints from the public and the CME community about ACCME-accredited providers’ compliance with accreditation requirements. If an accredited provider’s compliance is called into question, either through the complaints process or another means, the ACCME may initiate monitoring procedures in addition to the standard accreditation review process.

As the health care environment evolves, the ACCME responds by taking steps to increase the transparency and accountability of the ACCME accreditation system, to strengthen the requirements concerning CME’s independence from commercial influence, and to accelerate the enforcement of those requirements3.

Why CME Accreditation is Important

The fields of science and medicine never stop moving forward—and neither should physicians. Whether physicians work in clinical care, research, health care administration, or other areas of medicine, accredited CME is tailored to their needs and their patients’ needs. Accredited CME addresses every medical specialty, covering the full range of topics important to health care improvement. Here are just a few examples: medical errors prevention, chronic disease treatment, cancer care, women’s health, children’s health, veterans care, physician-family communication skills, and prescription drug abuse prevention.

Participation in accredited CME helps physicians meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of specialty board certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges4.


  1. June 28, 2012, Tamar Hosansky, www.accme.org/news-publications/highlights/accme-makes-available-accreditation-commendation-emblem
  2. www.accme.org/about-us
  3. www.accme.org/about-us/accountability-to-the-public
  4. www.accme.org/for-public/why-accredited-cme-is-important


Ultrasound Loves Veterans of the United States Armed Forces with the GI Bill!

Did you know that examination fees for most of the ARDMS certifications are covered under the GI Bill?

GI Bill Reimbursement Program

registry exam preparationExamination fees for all ARDMS examinations, with the exception of the MSK examination*, have been approved for reimbursement under the GI Bill sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please click here to visit the GI Bill website to learn more  Please note that the reimbursement is provided directly to the veteran through the GI Bill program therefore all requests for (and questions regarding) reimbursement must be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

*The MSK examination is not currently eligible for reimbursement under the GI Bill. Per the Bureau of Veterans Affairs, an examination has to be in existence for at least two (2) years before it can be considered for reimbursement eligibility.