The MRI Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MR safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. All providers that bill for MRI under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare.

Program Requirements

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Apply for Accreditation

An online accreditation system is available for the 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 MRI for the first time can follow the link to the online system and click the link to "register" for an account.


Testing and QC Forms

Facilities that have applied for the 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.


Toolkit for Site Visits

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.

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