Inside Quality and Safety — March 2018

News Issue

New Vehicle for Feedback on ACR Appropriateness Criteria

We have launched a new web tool to better track and manage feedback on ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (AC) from a variety of sources. The latest release of the AC includes 176 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 883 clinical variants and over 1,570 clinical scenarios.

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New Practice Parameters and Technical Standards

The ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards (PP & TS) help advance the science of radiology and improve the quality of service to patients in the United States. The PP & TS are revised on a five-year cycle and are considered either by the ACR Council at the ACR Annual Meeting or through the Council Steering Committee and Board of Chancellors process.

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URGENT: Accreditation Reviewers Needed for CT

The ACR urgently needs clinical reviewers, especially those with cardiac CT experience, for the CT Accreditation Program.

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ACR Proposes 2018 Diagnostic Imaging Quality Measures Set

Early in 2018, an ACR multidisciplinary technical expert panel (TEP) developed and sought public comments on a new set of quality measures, Diagnostic Imaging 2018 Quality Measures, for potential use in the ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®) and in the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP).

These performance measures are designed to promote population health through clinical effectiveness, care coordination and patient safety to ultimately improve patient care and outcomes.

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10 Years of Advancing Quality Improvement

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DBT Accreditation Announcement

The ACR expects to begin accrediting all previously FDA-approved Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) units soon. Rather than submitting an application to the FDA certificate extension program for DBT units, ACR-accredited facilities can now apply for DBT accreditation with the ACR. Watch the Mammography Accreditation web page for an announcement about when facilities can begin submitting applications for these units.

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R-SCAN Hits Major Milestones Two Years After Launch

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2018 Quality Measures: Q&A With David J. Seidenwurm, MD, FACR

In this Spotlight, we talk with David J. Seidenwurm, MD, FACR, neuroradiologist at Sutter Medical Group in Sacramento, CA, about developing meaningful quality measures for radiologists.
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NRDR Approved as QCDR for 2018

CMS has renewed the ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) again for 2018. NRDR has been a CMS-approved QCDR since 2014.

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New, Improved TRIAD Streamlines Web-Based Image Submission

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