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Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS)

Background to the Scheme

The NATA Difference

Important Information

Fee Schedule

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Background to the Scheme
The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) was established in June 2007 through a Federal amendment to the Health Insurance Act 1973.

The Scheme was implemented in stages, commencing with Stage I on 1 July 2008, to ensure that practices had ample time to prepare for accreditation under the DIAS and to allow the continuation of Medicare benefits during the transition. From the commencement of the Stage II Scheme on 1 July 2010, all practices that offer diagnostic imaging services under category 5 (Diagnostic Imaging Services Table – ‘DIST’) of the Medicare Benefits Schedule must be accredited under DIAS in order to remain eligible for Medicare benefits.

In 2015 the Department of Health released the new version of the DIAS Practice Accreditation Standards (known as the 2015 Standards) and the associated User Guide. The Standard’s were implemented from January 2016.


The NATA Difference
Seeking accreditation under DIAS through NATA offers many advantages, including:

  • The support of a nationally recognised accreditation body with extensive experience in the Australian healthcare industry, delivering rigorous and robust accreditation programs to Australia’s general laboratory, pathology and Medical Imaging communities. 
  • A simple and streamlined online assessment tool.
  • A team of dedicated professionals with a sound understanding of the needs of diagnostic imaging practices. 
  • A dedicated case manager to provide a single, consistent point-of-contact, to build a working knowledge of each practice and to assist staff to work through issues as they arise. 
  • NATA is the only accrediting body that provides pathways from the mandatory DIAS to the voluntary RANZCR/NATA Medical Imaging Accreditation Program (MIAP), which is a higher level accreditation.

Important Information

  • Practices that are accredited to the entry level standards must be assessed, and granted accreditation, against the full suite of standards by the second anniversary of achieving entry level accreditation. 
  • Practices entering the Scheme for the first time can choose to be assessed against either the entry level Practice Accreditation Standards or the full suite of Practice Accreditation Standards. See below for details. 
  • Non-accredited practices that were previously accredited under the Scheme, and are seeking to re-enter, must be assessed against the full suite of Practice Accreditation Standards. See below for details. 
  • Once practices have been accredited against the full suite of Practice Accreditation Standards they will enter the four-yearly maintenance program.

    Practices with RANZCR/NATA Medical Imaging Accreditation (MIAP) are recognised as complying with the requirements of the DIAS. The recognition of your MIAP accreditation under DIAS remains valid while your accreditation under MIAP is current. NATA will ensure that practices accredited under MIAP transition seamlessly through the DIAS requirements within the current accreditation activities to minimise any interruptions to the practice.

Fee Schedule
NATA's Fee Schedule for DIAS.


Contact Us
Our highly qualified and experienced staff understand the needs of diagnostic imaging practices and are fully conversant in the requirements of the DIAS.

To speak with a member of the NATA diagnostic imaging team, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 03 9274 8200



Entry Level  practices moving to Full Suite accreditation against the full suite of 2015 Standards
Practices that are accredited to the entry level standards must be assessed, and granted accreditation, against the full suite of standards by the second anniversary of achieving entry level accreditation.

Your nominated accreditation contact will receive a series of reminders in the lead up to your next assessment, including offers of resources and support to help you work your way through the accreditation process.

If you need your password to the online tool re-sent, or if your nominated accreditation contact needs to be updated, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 03 9274 8200.

You should aim to submit your checklist questionnaire  3 to 6 months prior to the end of your accreditation to ensure continuity of your Medicare eligibility.

Once your questionnaire has been submitted, NATA staff will review the evidence supplied. If the documents and records submitted meet the requirements, accreditation will be granted and your LSPN will be provided with a certificate for display.

When accreditation is granted against the full suite Practice Accreditation Standards, your practice will enter a maintenance program under which you must demonstrate compliance against the Standards every four years.

 

Fees for this service are shown in our Fee Schedule.


Transferring to NATA from another provider
If you would like to change from your current accreditor to NATA, please click here.


Non-accredited practices that were previously accredited
If you have been accredited, either with NATA or with another accreditor, but are no longer, you must complete an online registration form. You will then be issued with a username and password to access the online assessment tool.

Complete the online self-assessment, making sure to attach the requested documentary evidence of your practice’s compliance with the Standards.

Once your checklist has been submitted NATA staff will review the evidence supplied. If the documents and records submitted meet the requirements, accreditation will be granted and your LSPN will be provided with a certificate and window sticker suitable for display.

Please note that your Practice will not be eligible to provide Medicare funded diagnostic imaging services until accreditation is granted.
Steps:

  1. You will be issued with a user name and password to access the online assessment tool.
  2. Complete your practice’s application for accreditation by logging on and completing the online questionnaire, making sure to attach documentary evidence of compliance as requested.

    Fees for this service are shown in our Fee Schedule.

Non-accredited practice seeking accreditation for the first time
You can register your site with NATA for the DIAS at: http://www.compliancecheckpoint.com.au/natadias/NATASignup.aspx

Before you register, you need to decide whether you want to do the entry level standards (granting two years accreditation on completion) or the full suite of Practice Accreditation Standards (granting four years accreditation on completion). Your assessment questionnaire will be available for completion no later than the next business day after registration. You will receive an email with a quick registration when it is ready for you.

We have found that a new start-up practice is often unable to meet the full suite of standards and we generally recommend commencing with the entry level standards.

Information about the standards and the different requirements between entry level and the full suite, as well as guidance for completing the process, can be found at the Department of Health and Ageing website. Please read the Department of Health and Ageing Guide if you need more information about the differences. The guide is specifically aimed at supporting small practices and includes templates for some of the required documentation. Note that further down the page (below the link) there are links to templates you can use to assist you in preparing your documentation. As you are a new practice you may not yet have all the evidence you need for the full suite.

Our fees are based on the level of standard that you are applying for; therefore, there is a fee difference between the entry level and full suite. The fee levels depend on the number of modalities offered by  your facility. Fees for this service are shown in our Fee Schedule.

Whenever possible, we aim to close-out accreditations for new start-up practices within three working days - and on the same day as it is submitted whenever we can.

Please note that your Practice will not be eligible to provide Medicare funded diagnostic imaging services until accreditation is granted.

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RANZCR/NATA MIAP accredited practices
Practices with accreditation under the voluntary RANZCR/NATA Medical Imaging Accreditation Program (MIAP) have their MIAP accreditation recognised under the broadened Scheme. The NATA Medical Imaging staff will ensure that all DIAS requirements are performed seamlessly within the current accreditation activities to minimise any interruptions to your practice.

The expiration of your DIAS accreditation will fall into line with the expiration date for your RANZCR/NATA MIAP accreditation.