CMS recently recommitted to the Jan. 1, 2020, start date for consultation of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for all advanced diagnostic imaging services. Under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), CMS will require physicians and other providers to consult AUC developed by a qualified provider-led entity prior to ordering outpatient imaging services for Medicare patients.
As part of a Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™) project — conducted in collaboration with referring clinicians — radiologists can share a wealth of resources about the impact of PAMA on referrers and tools to help them get up to speed on consulting AUC and using CDS tools. These invaluable resources are available to both R-SCAN participants and the entire radiology community:
- PAMA flyer. Informs referring clinicians about what they can do to prepare for PAMA requirements before 2020.
- Educational activities. Offers referring clinicians free CME while learning about CDS and AUC, including:
- Imaging Order Simulation. An activity that provides hands on experience using a CDS tool to consult AUC to optimize image ordering based on evidence.
- R-SCAN podcast series. Free podcasts that discuss strategies of image ordering and highlight how ACR Appropriateness Criteria® support Choosing Wisely® recommendations.
- JACR® Patient-Friendly Summaries of ACR Appropriateness Criteria®. Help referring clinicians and radiologists better communicate with patients about the reason they are requesting, or performing, a particular imaging test.
Funding for these resources is made available, in part, through a grant from the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The ACR R-SCAN program is one of 10 Support and Alignment Networks funded to provide technical support to over 140,000 clinicians enrolled in the initiative.