Our Experience Assessing DIAS
HDAA is proud to have been involved with the Department of Health as an Approved Accreditor for the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) since its implementation in 2008. We have supported literally hundreds of diagnostic imaging services with DIAS accreditation over the intervening years, providing a personalised and responsive assessment service and information for individual practices undertaking accreditation and the scheme updates, benefits and changes.
As an experienced provider of diagnostic imaging accreditation services, HDAA has designed a straightforward online system,
What is the DIAS?
DIAS refers to the Diagnostic
The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme was established by the Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation) Act 2007 to ensure Medicare funding is directed to diagnostic imaging services that are safe, effective and responsive to the needs of health care consumers. The Health Insurance Act 1973 provides the legislative framework for DIAS.
The scope of DIAS includes radiology and non-radiology diagnostic imaging services and provides practices with eligibility to offer Medicare Australia funding for relevant services.
Practices that provide
All practices undergoing accreditation since 1 January 2016 are assessed against the revised standards whether entering the scheme, progressing from Entry Level to Full Suite or undergoing re-accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards.
The Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act) provides the legislative framework for the introduction and operation of the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme for practices providing diagnostic imaging services under Medicare.
The Act allows the Minister for Health to establish through legislative instruments, the rules governing the operation of the Scheme, including the organisations able to provide accreditation services, i.e. HDAA Australia.
More details on the applicable legislation and progress of the DIAS can be accessed from the “Background Information” page of our website.
Preparing for your DIAS assessment
There are three key steps to achieving accreditation:
Firstyou enrol with HDAA. This shows that you have chosen HDAA as your accreditor and we will provide access to onTrackto help you manage your accreditation. Secondyou need to apply for accreditation by providing evidence for us to assess. You upload your evidence into your onTrackportal and we assess it to the relevant DIAS standards.
- The result of your assessment will be your Assessment Report and if all the DIAS standards are met you receive an accreditation certificate. We advise Medicare and the Department of Health of your accredited status so that you can provide the relevant
Medicare fundeddiagnostic imaging services to your patients.
The scheme encompasses all diagnostic imaging services who provide
The Key Features of DIAS accreditation
A new practice (new business or new entrant to the scheme) can choose either the Entry Level or the Full Suite of Standards.
Entry Level accreditation consists of three (3) Standards and provides two (2) years accreditation. Entry Level accreditation can only be undertaken once. A practice choosing the Entry Level Standards initially must then apply for and achieve accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards.
Accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards requires
Services choosing not to become accredited (or who do not achieve accreditation) will not be eligible for Medicare funding. Practices must notify patients before providing diagnostic imaging services if the practice is not accredited and therefore that Medicare benefits are not payable.
What a DIAS assessment involves
Once you enrol with HDAA you choose either Entry Level or Full Suite accreditation (see Preparing for DIAS Accreditation above).
By logging into your secure
Our skilled and experienced health Assessors review the evidence you provide and prepare a report to show the outcome of your assessment.
The Assessment Report is uploaded for you to your
Certification is for a period of four years from the date the Certificate decision is made following the completion of a review. Re-certification is required to maintain accreditation. The re-certification process is as per assessment to the Full Suite of Standards at initial accreditation.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has a comprehensive set of guidance materials to assist Practices complete an application for accreditation to the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) standards. The guidance materials include detailed information on each standard explaining what is required, references to State and Territory legislation and templates that practices can adopt to produce the evidence required to meet the Standards. HDAA strongly endorses these guidance materials and word templates for practices seeking support with preparing for accreditation. https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/standards/diagnostic-imaging
Use this link to access the DIAS Standards
There is also a DIAS User Guide and Templates to assist practices requiring accreditation.
Templates – see User Guide Appendices
Advisories and Fact Sheets are provided to clarify requirements.
The current advisories are available via the Commission website.
- Advisory DI21/03 - Requirements for comparison with national diagnostic reference levels (Standard 3.2: applies to radiation practices only)
- Advisory DI21/04 - Disinfection requirements for reusable semi critical medical devices (Standard 1.6: applies to all practices using Ultrasound)
- Advisory DI21/05 - Clarification of consent requirements (Standard 2.2: applies to ALL practices)
- Advisory DI21/06 - Clarification of the required evidence for an equipment service provider’s qualifications and licences (Standard 1.5: applies to ALL practices)
- Advisory DI21/07 - Optimised Radiation Technique Charts - evidence requirements (Standard 3.2: applies to radiation practices only)
- Advisory DI21/08 - Imaging associated with surgical and interventional procedures (Standard 2.4: applies to all practices perform imaging as part of a surgical or interventional procedure)
Factsheets and other resources
Detail of the scheme, its back ground and purpose, and pathways to accreditation can be access on the Commissions website: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/standards/diagnostic-imaging/diagnostic-imaging-accreditation-scheme
- Diagnostic Radiology Factsheet - minimum qualification requirements of people performing x-ray, angiography or fluoroscopy services
- Capital Sensitivity - The effective life ages for new equipment and the maximum extended life age
- Diagnostic imaging Medicare item groups - Medicare diagnostic imaging item categories and MBS Item Numbers
Looking for a Certified Provider?
Service providers accredited by HDAA at this link.