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New accreditation requirement for office-based varicose vein procedures 

September 7, 2018    

Effective April 1, 2019, all network providers who perform varicose vein procedures in the office setting will need to obtain accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Vein Center. This new accreditation requirement will help ensure that providers in the Independence network meet current standards of care for these procedures.

All network providers who plan to perform or would like to continue performing varicose vein procedures in the office setting must appear on the IAC-approved provider list for Vein Center Accreditation by April 1, 2019, indicating that they have met the IAC standards. Those providers who fail to meet the requirements by this date will no longer be reimbursed for varicose vein procedures delivered in the office setting.

Accreditation process

Providers seeking accreditation through the IAC should prepare and submit their applications using the IAC online accreditation portal. The application process for accreditation takes time and requires proper planning, organization, attention to detail, and resources.  

Providers who wish to participate in the IAC Standards for Vein Center accreditation process are encouraged to first view the current IAC Standards for Vein Center Accreditation: Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management document.

More information

To learn more about the IAC Vein Center accreditation program, please visit the IAC website or call 1-800-838-2110.

Note: Independence commercial and Medicare Advantage policies will be updated to reflect this new accreditation requirement.

We will publish more information about this requirement in future Partners in Health UpdateSM articles. If you have additional questions, please email us at qualitymanagement@ibx.com. Be sure to include your name, contact number, and provider ID number in your email.

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