Barbara Sternlight McCarthy BA, RDCS
Specialist in Echocardiography Accreditation Preparation




  • You are struggling to balance patient exams with your Accreditation preparation.

  • You need to do this, but you don't have the time.

  • You need help standardizing your Echo protocols and designing your forms.

  • You are almost finished but the QA requirements seem overwhelming.




  • IAC Standards Comparison to Your Echo Practices
  • Echo Case Study Review
  • Pre-Application Preparation/Critique
  • Echo QA Program Development
  • On-Site or Off-Site
  • Step by Step Programs Available at Any Point in Your Process

Careful planning, coordination, and facilitation are fundamental to a successful application. It's why Barbara has been contracted to help small to large cardiology practices, community hospitals and academic medical centers successfully navigate the complexities of the Echocardiography Accreditation application process. By combining first-hand clinical experience, extensive knowledge of the accreditation process and a desire to help her clients, Barbara has had a 100% success rate creating effective solutions without unnecessary investment of her client's time and personnel.

Every accreditation project is unique. Barbara recognizes that accreditation assistance isn't one-size-fits-all... She customizes each project plan to the client's specific requirements. To do that, she takes special care to learn all about you, your laboratory, your needs and issues - and your expected outcomes. Working closely with you, Barbara makes herself readily available as she enables you to take advantage of your own strengths and resources.

"Barbara successfully supported our department in managing its hospital-based, multi-site application to ICAEL. Our mutual efforts paid off in timely approval. I would highly recommend Barbara's services to other facilities seeking Accreditation. Barbara is an organized, focused individual which was instrumental in keeping us on track during the labor intensive accreditation process."
Marsi Gonzales, RDCS,
Supervisor Echocardiology,
Loma Linda University Medical Center

"I have found your work to be well organized and beneficial. Your services are excellent, even though you are thousands of miles away. It seems like you are in my office with this new computer technology; the long distance support is viable."
Dr. Farooqi

On behalf of the UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology, I am happy to give Barbara McCarthy and Advantage Consulting our heartfelt endorsement. Her leadership, perspective, experience and perseverance helped our pediatric echocardiography laboratory gain accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Barbara worked closely with Gary Satou, MD, Director of Pediatric Echocardiography, and with Karen Ambrowitz, senior sonographer throughout the entire process, helping us towards accreditation and, at the same time, making long-lasting improvements to the way our laboratory functions.
 Mark S. Sklansky, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

With many years of experience of quality improvement in cardiac ultrasound, Barbara McCarthy, RDCS, brings structure and organization to your IAC application.  She provides an easy to navigate road map to ensure success. If you are new to IAC standards or need reaccreditation, she adds significant value to the entire process.     
Michael Rebolledo,MD,MBA
Medical Director, Echocardiography
Children's Hospital of Orange County



Barbara Sternlight McCarthy, BA, RDCS, has more than 30 years of cardiac ultrasound experience in clinical settings, as well as in marketing and education. She brings first-hand knowledge of Echocardiography practices and Quality Assurance standards to every Accreditation program she supports. With a background in both pediatrics and adult Echocardiography, she has developed training programs and materials for sonographers and physicians, and authored chapters for medical textbooks. Barbara has presented to regional Echo Societies, as well as to the American Society of Echocardiography as a keynote speaker.  

Now that United Healthcare is mandating Echocardiography Accreditation as a prerequisite for reimbursement...
It's Time to Get Accredited!

"Barbara came to us so organized…and, she made our job easier by patiently guiding us through the process."

Dawn Atwal, MD


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