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Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted applications will be reviewed for completeness by ACEP CUAP staff. Completed applications will then undergo a comprehensive review by a team of physician reviewers.

What is CUAP? 

The program was developed by leaders within the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section with the support of the ACEP Board of Directors. The leaders within CUAP were appointed by the ACEP President and consist of ultrasound leaders throughout the country.

Who runs CUAP? 

The program was developed by leaders within the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section with the support of the ACEP Board of Directors. The leaders within CUAP were appointed by the ACEP President and consist of ultrasound leaders throughout the country.

Why should I seek CUAP accreditation? 

Accreditation is an excellent way to convey to your patients, colleagues, and hospital administration that your program is first-rate and meets the standards set forth by ACEP in the ACEP policy statement, “Ultrasound Guidelines: Emergency, Point-of-Care, and Clinical Ultrasound Guidlines in Medicine.”

Why CUAP? Why Now? 

There are many reasons why CUAP can benefit your group, hospital, and ultrasound program, in general. These include standardization, quality assurance, and recognition. At its essence, though, CUAP is meant to give you direction and organization in establishing and maintaining an exceptional ultrasound program. Through the online application, you can access general guidelines and documents to help guide you through the process.

Does CUAP accredit my group or the hospital? 

CUAP only accredits single emergency departments, although there is a discount for multiple departments managed by the same group.

Who can apply? 

CUAP is currently accepting applications from clinical ultrasound programs within the United State and its territories. We are considering expanding the program to international sites in the future.

How long does accreditation last? 

Accreditation lasts 3 years. The renewal process is minimal and offered at a discounted rate.

Can we have multiple applications from the same health care systems but for different facilities or different departments? 

CUAP will ask you to enter different applications for separate facilities or different departments within a health care system (example, 2 separate EDs). We believe that the use of ultrasound and its processes may not be uniform, even within a health care system, so separate applications are needed to ensure the integrity of the accreditation process. However, the same policies and same documents may be uploaded to the website during the application for the additional site(s), allowing for efficiency.

How long does the application process take? 

Once you have submitted a completed application, it will be reviewed by 2 emergency ultrasound expert physicians. You may be asked additional questions to clarify parts of the application. The application then must be approved by the Board of Governors. The process is anticipated to take approximately 8-12 weeks.

I deleted my application and need to have it reinstated, what should I do? 

If you deleted your application and have changed your mind, please call 800-798-1822, ext 3235 or send an email to cuap@acep.org. Applications that are older than 3 months will not be reinstated.

How much does it cost? 

The online CUAP application fee is $1500 for the initial facility and $700 for each additional facility that is under the direction of the same physician group. Accreditation is granted for 3 years. The renewal fee is $500 for the facility application and $250 for each additional facility.

How do I apply for CUAP accreditation? 

There are a number of required documents that will be needed for your application. You can visit the Getting Started page for a list of sample documents that can get you started.

What ultrasound program documents will I need to apply? 

It will be essential that you have:

  • An ultrasound director position description
  • Details of any ultrasound education you offer to colleagues, residents, nurses, etc. (If applicable)
  • The credentialing application used at your hospital for ultrasound
  • Protocols of supervision if there are non-credentialed providers performing ultrasound (If applicable)
  • A copy of an ultrasound report if you bill/document for ultrasounds
  • Your infection control/safety (ALARA) and machine maintenance policies
  • Continuous quality management program description (QA/QI process, callback process, feedback process)
  • Confidentiality and privacy process

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