This post is contributed by Ezequiel Silva, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics.

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule is out. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not delay the start of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) mandate.

CMS also released claims processing guidance for the 2020 AUC Education and Testing Period.

Barring a last minute change (unlikely), providers will have to consult AUC-based clinical decision support systems when ordering advanced imaging for Medicare beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2020.

All that is to say — the mandate is coming. We need to get ready.

The good news is there is still time — and we have help!

October 9 at 7pm ET, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) will host a free webinar to help us get ready.

Register now and invite your business manager and IT manager to do so as well!

I — and other presenters — will walk you through what you need to know and what we need to do make the transition as efficient as possible.

Don’t wait — register now!

Let’s all move forward together!

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