March 14, 2018

Updated Commenting Process for ACR Appropriateness Criteria

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is asking for public comments on new and revised ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (AC).

The new public review website enables anyone – from patients to physicians, from ACR members to nonmembers – to easily find new and revised AC topics available for external review, as well as existing AC topics available for public comment. The site will better enable staff to organize, review, document and track all feedback, with the goal of allowing users see how their comments were addressed.

The latest release of the ACR AC includes 176 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 883 clinical variants and over 1,570 clinical scenarios.

Principles for Feedback

 A few tips for providing feedback:

  • The review site functions best when using Internet Explorer as your web browser. Additional browsers will be added later.
  • Creating a login with a valid email address is required, so we can respond to your comment/feedback or ask for additional clarification. Registering will also allow us to inform you when additional content is available.
  • We ask users to complete a few items in an updateable demographic profile, so we can determine if the site is reaching all of the appropriate stakeholders. This information is not shared with third parties.
  • Feedback can be provided at any time, but the public comment period will be open up to two months following the release of each AC update. This timeframe allows us to capture your input and include it in the topic review.

We encourage you to share the link to the AC public comment website with patients and colleagues and ask them to review the documents and comment, as appropriate.