We are pleased to announce that ACEP is providing accreditation of clinical ultrasound programs through the Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program (CUAP) as of June 15, 2015. First approved for development by the ACEP Board in 2008, this program is the culmination of years of discussion, work and implementation by the Emergency Ultrasound Section and ACEP staff. For an application and more information go to https://cuap.acep.org/
Ultrasound is now a basic component of the practice of emergency medicine, and emergency physicians and administrators realize the need for national standards for emergency ultrasound programs to ensure the safety and efficacy. Further, as patients and payer groups scrutinize all aspects of medical care more closely, it is imperative that emergency departments are able to demonstrate ACEP standards for delivery of safe and effective care.
Why accreditation? Recognition of quality, safety, and program implementation in emergency, point-of care, clinical ultrasound. Accreditation of your program will help you demonstrate to your patients, your institution and your payers that you have a quality program that meets the high standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians. While there are other accreditation programs available in consultative ultrasound, this accreditation was made specifically for bedside, clinician-performed and-interpreted ultrasound. In addition, CUAP provides flexibility in that you can use your own policies or use posted sample documents and departmental policies are consistent with ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines for your submission.
Quality is essential, but being able to demonstrate that you’re providing that quality is often not easy. This program based in part on the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines and ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Imaging Criteria Compendium, with input from leaders in the field, will help you meet the standards for the provision of quality clinical ultrasound – and allow you to show it.
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