October 25, 2018

ACR Bulletin Special Section Sets Stage for AUC/CDS

special section in the November 2018 ACR Bulletin prepares radiologists for Medicare’s January 1, 2020, mandate that will require referring physicians to consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) with help from Clinical Decision Support (CDS) when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services for their Medicare patients.

CDS exists either as a stand-alone unit or through software embedded into the institution’s EHR, such as CareSelect ImagingTM/ACR Select® developed by the ACR and the National Decision Support Company. It uses ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for advising referring physicians about the appropriateness of their orders.

Six articles in the special section deliver essential information to radiologists and their imaging service administrators about CDS. 

Taking the Lead advises radiologists to be at the forefront to educate their ordering physicians about the benefits of CDS in the selection of the optimal imaging test for their patients and reducing unnecessary imaging
Putting the Patient First describes how CDS implementation supports patient- and family-centered care
Critical Support shows how teaming up with referring providers can preserve reimbursement and boost quality of care
CDS Deadline Moves Forward Under CMS provides a Q&A covering frequently asked questions and answers in response about AUC-CDS implementation
Homing in on Quality showcases how radiologists in rural western North Carolina are reducing inappropriate imaging via R-SCANTM.
Circling the Wagons for CDS offers the case study of Cambridge Health Alliance and how CDS became a valued asset for its patients, referring physicians and radiologists.

For more information, see the ACR Clinical Decision Support webpage, the College’s free “Be PAMA AUC Ready: Act Now” webinar, and the ACR Appropriateness Criteria webpage.