March 19, 2019

R-SCAN Value Add: Participants Gain 20 PI-CME Credits

You may already know that when you participate in the Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™), you are embarking on a collaborative journey with health care providers to improve imaging ordering practices.

What you may not know is that when you conduct an R-SCAN quality improvement project, radiologists and referring physicians can now earn 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI-CME).

What Is PI-CME?

A PI-CME activity uses evidence-based performance measures and educational interventions to help clinicians identify opportunities to improve their performance in areas of practice that directly impact patient care. There are three stages to every accredited PI-CME activity:

  • Stage A: Learn about specific performance measures and areas for improvement
  • Stage B: Implement interventions to improve performance over a period of time
  • Stage C: Re-evaluate processes using the same performance measures

Physicians completing Stage A are awarded 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians completing Stages A and B earn 10 credits. And physicians completing all three stages earn 20 credits.

Physicians participating in an R-SCAN project will fulfill Stages A, B and C, which is just one more way R-SCAN adds value to a collaboration between radiologists and referring physicians.

Learn more about R-SCAN participation benefits

CDS R-SCAN Registry Enhances R-SCAN QI Project Experience

Streamline your R-SCAN quality improvement project with the CDS R-SCAN Registry and automate review of your cases.

The CDS R-SCAN Registry provides access to data that correspond to the R-SCAN program’s Choosing Wisely recommendations and CMS clinical priority areas. By reviewing CDS R-SCAN Registry reports, you can more easily identify imaging areas that could benefit from educational intervention.

Participating in an R-SCAN project also fulfills Improvement Activity credit requirements for practices participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System track of the CMS Quality Payment Program.

According to Max Wintermark, MD, MAS, Stanford University, “With the new CDS R-SCAN Registry, it is easier than ever for radiologists and referring physicians to identify areas for improvement in terms of appropriate use of imaging. They can focus their educational intervention efforts on strategies for improved imaging care for their patients.”

Participation in the CDS R-SCAN Registry is free of charge through December 2019.

ACR Features R-SCAN at CMS Quality Conference

In January, CMS invited the ACR to speak at the 2019 CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore about how radiology practices are accelerating the national movement toward value-based care. As one of only two Support and Alignment Networks presenting at the conference, the ACR focused on R-SCAN as a change agent.

R-SCAN Program Director Nancy Fredericks described the program’s efforts to promote the ordering of imaging exams based on evidence-based guidelines to ensure patients receive imaging tests that add value to their care, avoid unnecessary imaging and lower costs.

At the conference, Syed F. Zaidi, MD, vice president of clinical operations and growth at Radiology Partners, described affiliated practices’ achievements in adhering to best practice recommendations for the follow up of incidental thyroid nodules — an R-SCAN program topic. Read the full article about ACR participation in the CMS Quality Conference.