Dr. Geoff West will be presenting at the 2016 Annual AHRA conference in Nashville, TN on the topic of Joint Commission standards in Radiology. The title of the live presentation is “One Year after the JC Imaging Standards Changes – What Have We Learned and What’s Coming Next?” Dr. West will be presenting on Monday, August 1st between 4:00 – 5:00 PM and Wednesday, August 3rd between 8:30 – 9:30 AM.
Dr. West will discuss and share how the first year of the new JC 2015 Imaging Standards have impacted accredited healthcare organizations, including feedback on actual Joint Commission surveys. Dr. West will describe the positive impact the standards have had on patient care and radiation dose reduction, as well as any challenges in implementation experienced to date by the Joint Commission and the accredited facilities. In addition, the attendees will learn what new proposed standards changes the JC has planned for the future for imaging facilities, and what impact those changes could have on patient care and the imaging business.
West Physics will be in the exhibit hall located at booth number 616. Please stop by and speak personally with Dr. West and staff regarding the Joint Commission standards and our CT Dose Navigator Optimization Program for CT and Fluoroscopy.
West Physics is pleased to announce the immediate opening of a new field office in San Francisco, California. This office joins our Seattle and Los Angeles field offices to further expand our West Coast presence and to provide for even better response times and customer service to our clients in Northern California, Oregon and Western Nevada. We are very excited to establish a permanent office in “The City by the Bay” and look forward to deepening our already growing business relationships in the area.
With the opening of the San Francisco Field Office, West Physics now serves customers around the U.S. from 12 office locations (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, Orlando, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Rochester [NY] and our headquarters in Atlanta).
We feel honored by the support of our customers and partners in trusting us with their medical physics needs and allowing us to continue to expand our geographic footprint to serve them even better!
West Physics is delighted to announce that it has acquired TPA Physics Consulting Services, a respected provider of medical and health physics services in Western New York. In purchasing TPA, West Physics is also establishing a permanent field office in Rochester, New York. We are especially pleased, as part of this transaction, to welcome Ms. Thelma Papini, the owner of TPA, as our new Rochester Field Office Director and Senior Medical Physicist. Ms. Papini is excited to join the West Physics family and to continue serving her existing clients under the West Physics banner, and also to meet the many wonderful West Physics clients in the area.
The acquisition of TPA Physics Consulting Services reinforces West Physics’ position as the leader in the medical physics industry. The combined company will continue to be focused on our customers as we differentiate ourselves from other medical physics providers in the areas of: technical expertise, customer satisfaction, flexibility and independence.
On July 1, 2015, the Joint Commission implemented their long-awaited new imaging standards. The standards, consisting of 25 new or revised Elements of Performance (EP’s), contain a multitude of new requirements that affect Joint Commission accredited facilities performing MRI, CT or NM/PET services. Specifically, the new standards address the following areas: annual equipment physics testing, ongoing equipment quality control, medical physicist qualifications, technologist training, x-ray shielding design and verification, personnel dosimetry (ALARA) review, patient dose incident tracking and analysis, CT protocol documentation and review, and MRI safety.
West Physics has been monitoring the Joint Commission standards development process since late 2012 and is pleased to have a full suite of services that help facilities meet all of the new standards. Please click here for more information or contact a West Physics sales representative for more information. A link to the new standards is available here. Note that the linked standards are for hospitals and critical access hospitals, but identical standards also apply to accredited ambulatory care organizations.