ACR-SIR Toolkit Helps Interventional Radiologists Show Value of Clinical IR Practice
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) have created a toolkit of downloadable resources to help local interventional radiologists (IRs) educate hospital executives and radiology group officers on the clinical and economic benefits of starting a full-fledged, in-house IR practice.Visitwww.acr.org/irto access the ACR-SIR Toolkit.Please visit the following items for more information on the new ACR-SIR Toolkit:Advocacy In Action articleVoice of Radiology Blog post (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - December 1, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Statement on the Nomination of Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary
The American College of Radiology (ACR) applauds the selection of Representative Tom Price (R-GA), MD, as President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). ACR is pleased that an experienced, board-certified physician who also served as a state legislator and prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives will be guiding this important government agency that has direct jurisdiction over federal health care policy. The U.S. Senate should expeditiously move to consider and confirm Dr. Price for this cabinet position. ACR would also like to congratulate Seema Ver...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 29, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

JACR Redefines Radiology Health Care Delivery in Tandem With Patients
Reston, Va.— In a first, a special issue of theJournal of the American College of Radiology(JACR®)explores radiology patient engagement from the patient perspective. Original articles provide valuable insights to help radiologists make the care they provide more patient-centered.“This issue is a first for theJournal of the American College of Radiology: Patients, caregivers and advocates serve as co-authors or reviewers, in other words, co-producers of meaningful content,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of theAmerican College of Radiology (ACR)Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.&ld...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 23, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Register for Free Webinar: MACRA 101 for Small and Rural Practices
Dec. 7 at 2pm Eastern Time, the ACR will offer a free webinar by Greg Nicola, MD, to help small and rural radiology practices effectively participate in value-based health care delivery and payment as defined by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Attendees can learn Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) basics, steps practices can take to participate under the 2017 MACRA Final Rule, and how small and rural practice MACRA participation may differ from other practices. Register for the webinar today!  (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - November 21, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

RLI Seeks Nominees for Annual Leadership Luminary Award
Reston, VA— TheRadiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) is accepting nominations for its 2017Leadership Luminary Award, an honorary designation given to outstanding radiology professionals to celebrate lifetime achievements embodying leadership and innovation.Nomination forms must be submitted online by Feb. 17, 2017.“The RLI proudly recognizes exceptional leaders who have advanced the science or practice of diagnostic radiology or radiation oncology. These exceptional individuals will be remembered for both their actions and enduring legacy,” said Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, RLI chief medical officer and ch...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 16, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Internists: Join R-SCAN to Optimize Medical Imaging and Earn CME, MOC Credit
Washington, DC — Internists certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) can now earn Practice Assessment Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit and optimize medical imaging care by participating in theAmerican College of Radiology (ACR)Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network™ (R-SCAN) program. Through R-SCAN, internists collaborate with radiologists to select a topic from the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign for which there is potential toreduce unwarranted imaging and promote important discussions between clinicians and patients about what care is app...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 16, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for Calendar Year 2017
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has prepared a detailed analysis of final changes to the payment provisions of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) in calendar year 2017. The final rule has a 60-day comment period closing in December, and the ACR will provide detailed comments. The rule changes are effective January 1, 2017.Read more» (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - November 10, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Preliminary Summary of Radiology Provisions in the 2017 MPFS Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule on November 2, 2016. Upon initial review, the American College of Radiology (ACR) is pleased with several provisions within the rule. CMS has recognized the value provided by radiologists in providing mammography services through an increase in the physician work relative value units (RVUs) for diagnostic mammography and maintaining the current value for screening mammography. Additionally, ACR physicians and staff held numerous conference calls and meetings with CMS on the topic of appropriate use criteria (...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 3, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Physician Groups Join Forces to Improve Use of Head CT Scans in Children
Washington, DC – The Image Gently Alliance, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations have launched the“Think A-Head” campaign to help providers appropriately obtain and perform computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries. The effort will also equip providers and parents with resources to help them communicate effectively when CT scans may (or may not) be the best option to gain proper diagnosis. The“Think A-Head” campaign provides tools an...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 2, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Preliminary Summary of HOPPS Final Rule
On Nov. 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releasedits final rule with 60-day comment period for changes to the calendar year (CY) 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (HOPPS). In this rule, CMS finalizes many of items from the proposed rule including a further restructure of the imaging ambulatory payment classifications (APCs), an expansion of its use of comprehensive APCs (C-APCs), a new modifier for reduction in film-based X-ray services and expanded definition of the applicable codes, and some loosening of their implementation of Section 603B to impose site-neutral payments fo...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 2, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Education Center Marks 10,000th Course Registration
Reston, VA— TheAmerican College of Radiology (ACR)Education Center marked its 10,000th course registration, magnifying its powerful role in helping radiologists sharpen skills, strengthen practices and become better providers in a value-based collaborative health care system.“The ACR Education Center, the training center for today’s clinician, continues to offer an unparalleled case-based training experience— giving radiologists hands-on instruction in an intense simulation environment from world-class faculty in various subspecialties,” said Pablo R. Ros, MD, MPH, PhD, FACR, the center’...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 1, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

International Celebration Spotlights Breast Imaging Advances
Washington, DC— On Tuesday, Nov. 8, more than 140 medical societies worldwide will mark theInternational Day of Radiology (IDoR), celebrating the thousands of lives saved by the many contributions of breast imagers and radiation oncologists.IDoR 2016 will spotlight breast imaging and the essential role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of breast disease. This special day, commemorating the 121st anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, is sponsored by theAmerican College of Radiology (ACR),Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) andEuropean Soc...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 1, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Covers Balancing Image Quality and Radiation Dose in Cardiac CT Angiography
Balancing Image Quality and Radiation Dose in Cardiac CT Angiography, a newImage Wisely® radiation safety case— is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists to assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts, including dose monitoring and optimization. This is the newest in a series of free, online and mobile-compatible Image Wisely educational offerings, developed with the assistance of theAmerican College of Radiology (ACR). This case explains how cardiac CT angiography scan parameters affect radiation dose exposure and image quality.“Cardiac CT ang...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 27, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Radiology Leadership Institute Voted Best Radiologist Training Program
Reston, VA— TheRadiology Leadership Institute® (RLI), which provides radiologists with high-quality training in leadership and professional development, has won the“Best Radiologist Training Program” award in the 2016Auntminnie.com“Minnies.”“The Radiology Leadership Institute equips radiology professionals with the leadership and business management skills they need to succeed in their careers and to help their practices and departments to do well in the rapidly changing landscape of U.S. health care,” said Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, RLI chief medical officer and chair of theAmeri...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 26, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Radiologists: Power Up Value-Based Imaging at ACR 2017
Washington, DC— Get help navigating value-based medical imaging practice and reimbursement atACR 2017— The Crossroads of Radiology®.Early-bird discounted online registration is open for theAmerican College of Radiology annual meeting to be held May 21–25, 2017, in Washington, DC.“Medicare, in one of the biggest changes in its 50-year history, has overhauled how it pays doctors,rewarding clinicians for quality patient care. How is this change impacting radiologists and their practices? Duringfive days of powerhouse programming, attendees will gain practical knowledge and tools to maintain thrivin...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 19, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issueda final rule regarding implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA sets forth several major changes in Medicare payments, importantly, ending the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system requiring annual temporary fixes to prevent major reductions in health care provider reimbursement. MACRA introduced a new Quality Payment Program (QPP) under which physician payments are linked to quality measures through two pathways– Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). MIPS re...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 14, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Welch Et Al. Data in NEJM Reinforces That Mammography Detects Breast Cancers Earlier and Saves Lives
WASHINGTON, DC— The numerical data inWelch et al., published in the October 13New England Journal of Medicine, clearly show that mammography screening catches more cancers early and reduces the number of women with cancers of advanced size. Smaller cancers result in better outcomes for women. This not only helps save lives, but also allows more women to have their cancers treated with less extensive surgery, fewer mastectomies, and less frequent or aggressive chemotherapy. The Welch et al. data do not support the authors’ conclusion that improved therapy is more key to breast cancer survival than mammography sc...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 12, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CT Colonography Now Included in 2017 HEDIS Quality Measures: A Giant Step Forward for Patient-Centered Care
CT Colonography (known asvirtual colonoscopy) is now included in the 2017 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality measures for colorectal cancer screening. More than 90 percent of America's health plans measure quality based on HEDIS criteria. Health care providers, systems and plans can now receive quality credit when patients are screened via CT colonography.“HEDIS rates providers and systems on screening compliance. CT colonography is minimally invasive, does not require sedation and patients can go back to daily activities after the exam. This will attract more people to be screened, sav...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 4, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New 2016 ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual Resources Webpage Available
TheACR Mammography Accreditation Program has launched a newDigital Mammography QC Manual Resources webpage with downloadable Excel Quality Control (QC) forms and Frequently Asked Questions. Read more information. . (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - October 4, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Patients and Providers: Women at Risk of Losing Mammography Insurance Coverage
If Congress does not act, millions of women may lose insurance coverage for annual mammograms. Patient groups, minority health care advocates and breast cancer experts are urging Congress to extend a federal mandate that effectively requires insurers to fully cover annual screeningmammograms for women ages 40 and older.*“For many women, a loss of insurance coverage for mammography effectively denies them access to a tool that could save their lives. Congress can’t let this happen,” said Sarah Storey, president ofBright Pink. "Black women have a higher incidence of breast cancer before age 40. They ar...
Source: American College of Radiology - October 3, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Image Wisely Adds RSNA Dose Exhibit on Picking the Best Energy Level in CT Imaging
Image Wisely® posted the online radiation and patient dose exhibit,“Picking the Best Energy Level in CT Imaging: What the Radiologist Needs to Know.” This presentation illustrates the limitations of using fixed tube voltage at 120kVp or 140kVp in CT imaging along with the advantages of using optimal photon energy [low kVp or dual energy CT (DECT) in CT imaging3] and demonstrates strategies of selecting the optimal photon energy based on patient size and clinical tasks. Review the latest offering in a curatedseries of electronic education exhibits from Image Wisely. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - September 27, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New Language Requirements for Radiology Facilities
Patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP) and/or disabilities have a legal right to obtain language assistance services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 of the ACA requires members to take“reasonable steps” to prevent discrimination against a patient’s disability or national origin by offering meaningful access to health care facilities, including freestanding and hospital-based radiology facilities.Beginning October 17, 2016, ACR members and their practices must fulfill this ACA mandate by posting Notices of Nondiscrimination and Taglines in their facilities or on their website...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 22, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Showcase Your Radiology Research at ACR 2017
Key PointsAbstract submissionis open forACR 2017—The Crossroads of Radiology®; online submission closes Dec. 16. For the first time,select high-quality abstracts will be integrated into educational sessions, and cash awards will be given toGold Merit abstract winners.ACR 2017 will be held May 21–25, 2017, in Washington, DC.Washington, DC—Abstract submission is open forACR 2017—The Crossroads of Radiology®, giving radiologists the opportunity to showcase their latest findings to improve patient care, business practices and clinical skills. For the first time,select high-quality abstracts...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 20, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Supports Congressional Opposition to Medicare Lung Cancer Screening Cuts
The American College of Radiology applauds members of the House Ways and Means Committee for standing against planned cuts to Medicare reimbursement for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening. This exam is the first and onlycost-effective test proven to significantlyreduce lung cancer deaths. In arecent letter to the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS), Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH), Dr. Charles Boustany (R-LA), Richie Neal (D-MA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) expressed opposition to the drastic cuts included in the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule. The c...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 14, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Improve Management Strategies at ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Key PointsRegistration is open for theACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum, which provides practical management strategies for radiologists and medical imaging business managers to drive value through innovation, teamwork and quality care.The Practice Leaders Forum will be held Jan. 13–15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.Reston, VA— Radiologists and medical imaging business managers will gain practical management skills to align their business operations with new health care models at theACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum. Imaging practice and hospital executives (physician leaders, business managers and administrators) will gai...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 7, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Patient and Provider Groups Urge Medicare Not to Undercut Lung Cancer Screening
Washington, DC— More than 80 patient advocacy groups, medical associations and health care systems are urging the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon drastic low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening reimbursement cuts in the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule. LDCT lung cancer screening is the first and onlycost-effective test proven to significantlyreducelung cancer deaths. Aletter spearheadedby Lung Cancer Alliance, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, Medical Imaging and T...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 6, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

VOR Blog: MACRA: Show and Tell (Me)
Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR)Commission on Economics, presentsavailable resources to help members make the transition to value-based care in theVoice of Radiology blog, MACRA: Show and Tell (Me).One upcoming event, provided by ACR in cooperation with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Illinois Health& Hospital Association (IHA), will be held Sept 7 in Chicago. TheAMA’s STEPS Forward Practice Improvement Strategies: Clinical Decision Support for Imaging will give referring physicians and radiologists hands-on experience with new tools and training to hel...
Source: American College of Radiology - September 1, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual FAQs Updated
Earlier this year, theU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an alternative standard that will allow mammography facilities to use the new ACRDigital Mammography Quality Control Manual as an alternative to the quality assurance program recommended by the image receptor manufacturer beginning in 2017. The manual was published on July 29, 2016, and distributed at no charge to all ACR-accredited mammography facilities during the week of August 1. The manual is alsoavailable for sale through the ACR education catalog. It is a digital publication in a PDF format, which may be printed or saved to a computer/mobile devi...
Source: American College of Radiology - August 30, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Unveils New Member Benefit: It ’s Time to Engage
Key PointsACR launches new member benefit calledEngage, a cloud-based private online community.Engage allows members to network with 37,000 radiology colleagues, exchange knowledge and share solutions.Engage access is tied to ACR membership.Reston, VA — WithEngage, a new member benefit,American College of Radiology (ACR) members gain a powerful resource to network with 37,000 radiology colleagues, exchange knowledge and share solutions.Engage, which automatically enrolls all ACR members today, is a cloud-based, private online community. Numerous communities have been identified for launch, including an open foru...
Source: American College of Radiology - August 23, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Image Wisely Adds RSNA Dose Exhibit on Pregnancy Screening Criteria
Image Wisely® posted the online radiation and patient dose exhibit,“Oops, We Imaged a Pregnant Person: What Happens Next? This presentation reviews pregnancy screening criteria and situations where pregnancy can be missed; how to estimate risk to the fetus based on exam modality and anatomic region being imaged; and provides a framework for who needs to be notified, who communicates with the patient and what needs to be communicated to patient. Review the latest offering in a curated series ofelectronic education exhibits from Image Wisely. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - August 23, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Patient and Physician Groups Call on Medicare to Cover Virtual Colonoscopy
Key PointsThe American College of Radiology, Colon Cancer Alliance, Colon Cancer Coalition and Prevent Cancer Foundation call on CMS to open a national coverage determination for virtual colonoscopy screening.Virtual colonoscopy (known as CT colonography) offers seniors a less invasive option to optical colonoscopy, which is shown to increase screening rates. Increased screening can save thousands more lives each year.Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers will soon be required to cover virtual colonoscopy with no co-pay. Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy would allow seniors covered-access to these lifesav...
Source: American College of Radiology - August 15, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Image Wisely Posts Latest RSNA Dose Exhibit
Image Wisely® offers an eighth online radiation and patient dose exhibit,“Technical Parameters to Optimize Body Imaging in Polytrauma,” which highlights radiologist selectable parameters and their influence on image quality. Review the latest offering in a curated series ofelectronic education exhibits from Image Wisely. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - August 9, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

RADPAC Draws Attention at National Conventions
Representatives of RADPAC®, the American College of Radiology Association's political action committee, met with nearly 100 members of Congress to discuss mutual interests at the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.continue reading article» (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - August 8, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual Now Available
The objective of this manual is to ensure high-quality digital mammograms while keeping radiation doses low. Free webinars are being developed to aid technologists and medical physicists with how to use the new QC manual and phantom. For more information, visit the ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual Frequently Asked Questions on theACR Mammography Accreditation webpage. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - August 2, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Members Appointed to Key CMS MACRA Committee
Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, Gregory Nicola, MD, and Joshua Hirsch, MD, FACR & mdash; all experienced members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) leadership team & mdash; have been appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee. Convened by CMS, the MACRA Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee will provide clinical input on the specifications for the care episode and patient condition groups that will be used as the basis for episode-based, risk...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 29, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Radiology Trailblazers Named Leadership Luminaries
Key Points E. Stephen Amis Jr. , MD, FACR, and Glendon G. Cox , MD, MBA, MHSA, named Radiology Leadership Institute & reg; Leadership Luminaries To be recognized for exceptional experience, demonstrating leadership in organized radiology or organized medicine Awards to be presented at RLI Leadership Summi t Sept. 8 & ndash;11 in Wellesley , Mass.   Reston, VA & mdash; The Radiology Leadership Institute & reg; (RLI) named E. Stephen Amis Jr., MD, FACR, and Glendon G. Cox, MD, MBA, MHSA, as this year & rsquo;s Leadership Luminary Award recipients for their exceptional service to the...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 26, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Gammex Inc. Approved to Produce New ACR Digital Mammography Phantom
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has approved Gammex Inc., a Sun Nuclear company, to produce and sell the new ACR Digital Mammography Phantom. Gammex earned this approval by submitting sample phantoms for testing and evaluation by an independent medical physicist. The sample phantoms met the required specifications, tolerances and performance requirements. The new phantom is intended for use with the new ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual , which is scheduled to be released late in July. For more information on the new ACR phantom, contact Wil Creech , ACR quality and safety project specialist. (Source: ...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 26, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

HHS Issues New Nondiscrimination Provisions for Federally Funded Health Care Programs
Earlier this year, The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OCR) finalized the rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to advance health equity and reduce health disparities by strengthening protections for some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination in the health care context. Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act and states that individuals cannot be subject to discrimination based on their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For the first time, the rule prohibits discrimination on the ba...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 25, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

HHS Issues New Nondicrimination Provisions for Federally Funded Health Care Programs
Earlier this year, The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OCR) finalized the rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to advance health equity and reduce health disparities by strengthening protections for some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination in the health care context. Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act and states that individuals cannot be subject to discrimination based on their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For the first time, the rule prohibits discrimination on the ba...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 22, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

MRS Systems Approved for NMD 3.0 to Comply with the BI-RADS Atlas (Fifth Edition)
MRS Systems has become the first licensed vendor to successfully complete the American College of Radiology National Mammography Database (NMD) 3.0 testing and achieve full compliance with the Breast Imaging and Data Reporting System (BI-RADS & reg; ) Atlas (Fifth Edition,  2013). (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - July 21, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

MRS Approved for NMD 3.0 to Comply with the BI-RADS Atlas (Fifth Edition)
Mammography Reporting Systems (MRS) has become the first licensed vendor to successfully complete the American College of Radiology National Mammography Database (NMD) 3.0 testing and achieve full compliance with the Breast Imaging and Data Reporting System (BI-RADS®) Atlas (Fifth Edition, 2013). (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - July 18, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CIRS Approved to Produce New ACR Digital Mammography Phantom
The American College of Radiology has approved Computerized Imaging Reference Systems Inc. (CIRS) to produce and sell the new ACR Digital Mammography Phantom. CIRS earned this approval by submitting two sample phantoms for testing and evaluation by an independent medical physicist. Both of the sample phantoms met the required specifications, tolerances and performance requirements. The new phantom is intended for use with the new ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual, which is scheduled to be released late in July. For more information on the new ACR phantom, contact wcreech@acr.org. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - July 15, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

The Joint Commission Creates Compliance Checklist for Diagnostic Imaging
The Joint Commission (TJC) has created an Imaging Compliance Checklist as a helpful tool that addresses the recently implemented diagnostic imaging standards. Organizations can use it to perform a self-assessment and prepare for on-site surveys. The Joint Commission also offers a brief presentation on known non-compliance issues with TJC standards and requirements for improvement. TJC Compliance Checklist: Diagnostic Imaging may be downloaded at no cost. (Source: American College of Radiology)
Source: American College of Radiology - July 15, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Manual on Contrast Media Addresses FDA Gadolinium Safety Concerns
Reston, VA — The updated ACR Manual on Contrast Media contains a statement addressing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety communication on use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Gadolinium-based contrast agents are administered to approximately 30 million patients every year to improve the diagnostic accuracy of MR examinations. Researchers have found that gadolinium-based contrast agents may leave deposits in the brain, bone and other organs. “If the decision is made to use a gadolinium-based contrast agent for an MRI study for an individual patient, multi...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 12, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Gain Actionable Quality Improvement Strategies for Radiology Practices
Reston, VA — Radiology practice team members will obtain quality improvement strategies to enhance patient safety and practice quality infrastructure at the American College of Radiology (ACR) Annual Conference on Quality and Safety. The conference, which will be held Sept. 16–17 in Boston, will also encourage greater operational synergy within teams. “Radiology practices must implement an effective quality infrastructure to provide continuous practice performance improvements, especially with today’s health care transition to value-based imaging care,” said Jonathan Kruskal, MD, PhD, chair o...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 11, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Preliminary Summary of Radiology Provisions in the 2017 MPFS Proposed Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on Thursday, July 7. Upon initial review, the American College of Radiology (ACR) is pleased with several provisions within the rule. CMS has recognized the value provided by radiologists in providing mammography services through an increase in the physician work relative value units (RVUs) for diagnostic mammography and maintaining the current value for screening mammography. Additionally, ACR physicians and staff held numerous conference calls and meetings with CMS on the topic of appropriate use criteri...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 8, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS Releases the Proposed Rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System
On July 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule with 60-day comment period for changes to the calendar year (CY) 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (HOPPS). In this rule, CMS proposes site-neutral payments, further restructures the imaging ambulatory payment classifications (APCs), expands its use of comprehensive APCs (C-APCs) and proposes a new modifier for reduction in film-based X-ray services. CMS is proposing to make site neutral payments to new off-campus sites that provide items and services to outpatients based on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedu...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 7, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Responds to CMS on MACRA Proposed Rule
On Friday, June 24, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2016 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models (PFPM) Proposed Rule. The comment letter addresses the effect of MACRA on small and rural radiology practices as well as the following topics: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Identifying MIPS Eligible Clinicians Group vs. Individual Participation Virtual Groups Performance Period Targeted R...
Source: American College of Radiology - June 27, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR Endorses Brief to Encourage Lung Cancer Screening
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) issued a lung cancer screening health policy brief, which provides recommendations for radiologists and legislators on how to encourage lung cancer screening to save more lives. The position statement has been endorsed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago. SBM supports a shared decision-making model and integration of evidence-based tobacco treatment in the context of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT)-based lung cancer screening for eligible, informed adults. “Encourage Lung Cancer Screening in High-Risk Populatio...
Source: American College of Radiology - June 22, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

The Joint Commission Changes Requirements for CT Technologists
The Joint Commission (TJC) has recently changed its February 2016 requirements for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services after receiving significant feedback from rural and critical access hospitals. The newest requirements, updated on June 17, 2016, no longer require that CT technologists obtain advanced-level CT certification by January 2018. Look for “Prepublication Standards – New Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services - Urgent Update (June 16, 2016)” on TJC’s Prepublication Standards web page. Also see ...
Source: American College of Radiology - June 21, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news