Consultative surveys for radiation oncology are conducted at the request of the physician or the elected chief of the medical staff acting on behalf of the executive committee of the medical staff.
Consultative surveys are conducted when there are identified issues that require unbiased, third party review. Such issues may include concern about medical care of radiation oncology patients, resource allocation, physics/patient safety issues or relationships between radiation oncologists, the medical staff and/or administration. The survey process is the same as an accreditation survey except that the process focuses on the specific concerns that resulted in the survey request rather than obtaining accreditation. (See the Radiation Oncology Accreditation Program Requirements.)
The survey team consists of two radiation oncologists, a medical physicist and an ACR staff data manager. If the identified issues appear to be medical-physics related, two medical physicists and one radiation oncologist may be selected to perform the survey.
The consultative process does not lead to accreditation.
The charge for a consultative survey is $11,500 plus travel expenses for the survey team.