The Breast MRI Accreditation Program provides facilities performing breast MRI procedures with peer review and constructive feedback on their staff's qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, MR safety policies and image quality.
It is required that you carefully read the Diagnostic Modality Accreditation Program Overview for a summary of the accreditation process and the modality-specific program requirements before applying for accreditation.
An online accreditation system is available for the Breast MRI Accreditation Program. Existing facilities that have already applied with the ACR for this program should access the system for the first time by following the steps in the account activation document below. Facilities applying for Breast MRI for the first time can follow the link to the online system and click the link to "register" for an account.
Facilities that have applied for the Breast MRI Accreditation Program will read these documents and use the forms to gather data that will be entered into the online testing package before the images are sent for review. Please note that these forms should not be submitted to the ACR for accreditation.
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) calls for all providers of CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET exams that bill under Part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to be accredited by Jan. 1, 2012, in order to receive payment for the technical component of these services. Currently, the CMS/MIPPA mandates apply to outpatient facilities only, NOT to hospitals. Per MIPPA, the ACR will perform unannounced site surveys to validate compliance with accreditation criteria. The ACR strongly advises that sites use the documents below to gather and organize their information for these site surveys.