CardiacSite Promoting Quality & Safety

CardiacSite Overview

Who is CardiacSite? CardiacSite is a quality program offered by HealthHelp, a decade-long provider of effective benefit management tools for diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, and interventional cardiology services.

Since 2005, HealthHelp, through its Site programs, has studied and promoted quality-based imaging practices throughout the United States.  The CardiacSite Assessment Program certifies interventional cardiology facilities pursuant to national standards and benchmarks that promote quality, safety and business efficiency practices.  CardiacSite promotes quality-based practices for cardiac catheterization labs and hybrid suites across the United States and its territories. CardiacSite works together with private payers, hospitals and provider systems to assess the quality of service, personnel and equipment of interventional cardiology facilities to provide quality of care and safety to health plan members nationwide.

Why assess the safety and quality of interventional cardiology services? CardiacSite believes that interventional cardiology is vitally important in the episode of care, and desires to ensure at least a minimum level of quality and safety for its enrollees. Interventional technology is improving rapidly and becoming more complex. In addition to technological changes, the skills and policies of the personnel performing interventional procedures are imperative to maximizing the information gained through these services. It is important to eliminate/ correct any poor quality or unsafe patient care. This not only improves patient care, but also allows more funding to provide enrollees with better care. This equates to paying for a minimum standard of imaging and procedural quality and safety for enrollees, performed on satisfactory equipment and interpreted by qualified physicians.

CardiacSite Model

CardiacSite promotes the creation of an imaging network that promotes quality, and patient safety through the use of facility ranking. The CardiacSite assessment is administered as an online survey for imaging facilities with on-site and desktop audits to verify compliance. Successful completion of the assessment results in a certified location.

Visit our directory to find a certified facility.

CardiacSite Certification Directory

CardiacSite evaluates the following imaging systems:

  • CT
  • MR
  • PET
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Ultrasound

Standards and Benchmarking

National standards and benchmarking are established through ongoing partnerships with providers, public policymakers, regulators, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders; and through guidance and peer-review from CardiacSite’s Standards Committee.

Online Assessment

The assessment consists of four online modules:

Facility Information includes facility standards, demographics including location and contact information. Certified facilities are required to provide updates to phone numbers and contact information.
Radiology Systems and Equipment covers basic information about each of the devices/systems utilized at the cardiac catheterization lab and/or hybrid suite facility.
Professional Qualifications asks about the operators of the Cath Lab equipment, support staff, and the physicians who interpret the results. Each facility is required to submit the expiration date for some licenses as well as the NPI number for the organization and the Medical Director
Quality & Patient Safety includes questions about the recommended safety and quality measures that all cardiac catheterization providers must meet

Audits

On-site and desktop audits ensure the integrity of CardiacSite certification by validating the accuracy of reported information and ensuring standards are carried out in day-to-day clinical practices. Audits are also an opportunity for facilities to receive expert guidance in corrective action (as needed) and continuous improvement in such areas as radiation safety, quality clinical practices, and imaging protocols.

Certification

HealthHelp evaluates completed assessments and certifies those meeting CardiacSite quality and safety standards. Facilities that do not initially earn certification, have an opportunity to improve and re-apply within 90 days.

Certification requires that imaging providers update and re-submit the online assessment prior to expiration to ensure equipment is functioning properly and the technologists administering the procedures are appropriately certified.

  • Registered facilities, please login here to continue or update your assessment.
  • If you do not have a login, please register here to enroll your imaging locations online.

Payers and Networks

Payers or Networks that use the CardiacSite standards and certification process and succeed in having a majority (70%) of their participating facilities meet the requirements qualify for Site Network Certification. An additional level of certification – “with distinction” – awarded when 90% of participating facilities meet the requirements.

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Please note: If you are communicating as a health plan member, please contact your healthcare provider. HealthHelp does not provide individual healthcare advice.