Facilities with mobile units must call the ACR for specific instructions on accreditation. Because mobile practice settings vary significantly, the FDA has approved the ACR to provide some flexibility in accrediting mobile units. In general, mobile units may apply for accreditation as follows:
A mobile unit operating under a fixed, accredited, and certified facility (utilizing the same personnel) may either:
Accredit as an additional unit under the facility’s MQSA certification, or
Accredit and certify as an entirely separate facility
If the fixed facility chooses to accredit the mobile unit under its existing MQSA certificate, the mobile unit must be present at the fixed site during MQSA inspections.
A mobile unit owned and operated by a single entity must designate a single lead interpreting physician in order to accredit and certify as a single facility.
A mobile unit owned by a single entity servicing multiple sites with different lead interpreting physicians must accredit and certify as separate facilities.
These scenarios are outlined in the table below:
Mobile Scenario Examples
Mobile Unit Owner
MOBILE SERVICE SITE
Mammo Service Provider/
I. Mobile unit owned and operated by a single, fixed accredited and certified facility; services 3 sites
1. B Hospital
Option 1: Accredit the mobile unit under the fixed facility’s (A Hospital) MQSA certification
Option 2: Accredit and certify the mobile unit as a separate facility
2. C Nursing Home
3. D Health Center
II. Independent mobile service owned and operated by a single entity; services 3 sites
1. F Hospital
E Mobile Co.
Option 1: Accredit and certify the mobile unit as 1 facility (E Mobile Co.)
Option 2: Accredit and certify the mobile unit as 3 separate facilities
2. G Hospital
E Mobile Co.
3. H Hospital
E Mobile Co.
III. Independent mobile service owned by a single entity; services 5 sites, with 3 different lead interpreting physicians
1. J Hospital
Accredit and certify as 1 facility (either I Mobile Co. or J Hospital)
2. K Hospital
Option 1: Accredit and certify as 1 facility; only 1 owner may be designated (either I Mobile Co., K Hospital or L Hospital)
Option 2: Accredit and certify the mobile unit as 2 separate facilities (K Hospital and L Hospital)
3. L Hospital
4. M Hospital
Accredit and certify as 1 facility; only 1 owner may be designated (either I Mobile Co. or M Hospital)
5. N Nursing Home
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