July 14, 2017

CMS Recognizes ACR Appropriate Use Criteria and CDS Mechanism

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named the National Decision Support Company ACR Select program a qualified clinical decision support mechanisms (CDSM). This is the only qualified mechanism that currently includes a free web-based portal option for providers.

CMS previously recognized the American College of Radiology as a Provider Led Entity (PLE). As such, ACR Appropriateness Criteria can be used to satisfy a federal requirement that providers consult AUC prior to ordering advanced medical imaging for Medicare patients.