Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority Sets Standard with MQSA Compliance

In healthcare, ensuring quality standards is paramount, particularly in the early detection of diseases like breast cancer. The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA) has recently achieved a significant milestone in this regard, with its Mammography Team passing the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection with a report of no findings or discrepancies.


“This accomplishment not only underscores CIHA’s commitment to excellence but also highlights the critical role it plays in advancing breast health within the Indigenous community,” said Casey Cooper, CEO of Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority. “CIHA’s recent MQSA inspection success is a testament to its dedication to providing high-quality mammography services. By passing the inspection without any findings or discrepancies, our staff have demonstrated our adherence to rigorous standards and our commitment to the early detection of breast cancer among members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.”


Understanding the Significance of MQSA

Enacted in 1992, the MQSA was designed to guarantee access to quality mammography services for the early detection of breast cancer. It mandates rigorous inspections of mammography facilities to ensure adherence to stringent standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Compliance with MQSA regulations is essential for facilities to operate legally and provide mammogram services.


For a facility to be MQSA certified, it must meet several key requirements:

Accreditation: Facilities must be accredited by an FDA-approved body, such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), to ensure they meet federal quality standards.

Quality Standards: This encompasses personnel qualifications, equipment maintenance, radiation dose management, quality assurance programs, and meticulous recordkeeping and reporting.

Annual Inspections: Facilities undergo annual inspections by federally trained personnel to ensure ongoing compliance with MQSA standards.


Empowering Breast Health in Indigenous Communities

Breast cancer disparities persist among Indigenous populations, making access to quality screening and detection services crucial. According to statistical data, Indigenous women face unique challenges in breast cancer prevention and treatment, including lower screening rates and higher mortality rates compared to the general population.

CIHA’s compliance with MQSA standards is a significant step toward addressing these disparities. By ensuring access to high-quality mammography services, CIHA plays a vital role in promoting early detection, facilitating timely treatment, and ultimately improving breast cancer outcomes among Indigenous individuals.

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