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.
We are proud to announce that West Physics has earned a spot on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list. The list, released annually, identifies the fastest-growing private companies in America. Additionally, we make our 7th consecutive appearance on this list of distinguished companies. There are only 907 other companies that can claim inclusion on this list more than 5 times and we are honored to be one of them. Other well-known veterans on this list include Intuit, Zappos, Under Armor, Microsoft, Patagonia, Pandora and Otterbox.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been and continue to be supporters of West Physics. It is because of you, that we can be included on this list. Our promise to you in return, is to continue to provide excellent customer service, industry-leading report turnaround times and the worlds most qualified physicists at your disposal, just a phone call away. We will continue to strive to do the best for you, our customer, and look forward to many more years serving this wonderful industry.
West Physics is pleased to announce the immediate opening of its first permanent field office location in Los Angeles, California. This office joins our established Seattle office to further enhance our presence and responsiveness to customers on the West coast. Both technical as well as business development resources will be based at this new location, and we are very excited for the service advantages that this will provide to our growing base of California customers as well as those in surrounding states. With the opening of the Los Angeles Field Office, West Physics now serves customers throughout the United States from 10 office locations (Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, Orlando, Kansas City, Albuquerque, and our headquarters in Atlanta). Thank you to our customers that have enabled us to grow and evolve our organization, without whose trust and patronage these milestones would not be possible!
On May 15, 2014, the Joint Commission announced a delay in the implementation of their imaging standards changes affecting MRI, CT and NM/PET. As a result, the Joint Commission now states that the projected implementation date for the new standards will be in July 2015 and that additional standards updates that were planned for 2015 will be incorporated into the standards at that time. A link to the Joint Commission announcement is available here: http://www.jointcommission.org/prepublication_diagnostic_imaging_services_requirements. West Physics maintains close contact with the JC staff to ensure that our customers have the most up-to-date information and we will be using the additional time available to further prepare and enhance our JC-related service offerings.