AVCMD Has Become an Accredited Vein Center
The Aesthetic & Vein Center MD has been granted accreditation in Superficial Venous Treatment and Management by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Salem, NH; January 2016 — In December 2015, the AVCMD received accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its “pursuit of excellence” in Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management. We are currently the only IAC Vein Center Accredited Facility in New Hampshire. This accreditation acknowledges Dr. Miller’s high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease.
More than 50% of Americans over the age of 50 are affected by varicose veins. Venous disease generally occurs from a malfunction of the valves in the veins, which causes blood to pool in the legs. It may progress to Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a more severe type of vein disease. CVI can cause leg, ankle and foot pain, swelling, as well as skin discoloration and ulcers.
Treatment of vein disease can be performed in vein centers that specialize in the evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders.
Accreditation by the IAC means that the AVCMD has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process that includes detailed case-study review.
IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully evaluated on all aspects of its operations in the area of treatment and management of superficial venous disorders. When scheduling a consultation or a procedure for vein disease, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their evaluation/ treatment will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/vein/main/patients.htm.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to superficial venous disorders, which include physicians, technologists and nurses.
IAC Vascular Laboratory — AVCMD and Dr. Normand Miller have been certified for a third time by the IAC. One of very few free-standing (non-hospital-based) accredited vascular laboratories in New Hampshire, the AVCMD has been successfully accredited every three years, a process mandated by the IAC, since 2008.
Vascular Testing Reaccreditation — Ultrasound testing is fundamental for the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency. Ultrasound technologists use the high-frequency sound waves of the ultrasound to evaluate the deep and superficial veins of the legs. These evaluations are a form of peripheral venous testing.
As stated by the American College of Phlebology in their Practice Guidelines for Duplex Ultrasound Imaging, “duplex ultrasound is essential to the performance of endovenous ablative procedures including endovenous laser, radiofrequency occlusion, and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.”
As of January 2015, the AVCMD has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Peripheral Venous Testing by the IAC. The AVCMD was accredited by the IAC in 2007 and has received approval by the Commission every three years since then.