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ACR Accreditation Process
According to The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), physicians, non-physician practitioners and independent diagnostic facilities must be accredited in order to bill and be paid for certain advanced diagnostic imaging services by Medicare. Those services include:
- Computerized Tomography,
- Nuclear Medicine,
- Positron Emission Tomography, and
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved four organizations to offer this accreditation to facilities. Currently those organizations include:
- The American College of Radiology (ACR)
- The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
- The Joint Commission (TJC) and most recently
All the above mentioned accrediting organizations have stringent rules and requirements that facilities must meet and fulfill in order to receive accreditation. Generally speaking, the guidelines are very similar between these organizations.
AltusLearn has two FREE Continuing Education (ASRT Category A) courses that help you navigate the accreditation process for Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Both video based programs include step by step instructions on the ACR accreditation process plus interviews with a Radiologist, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Supervisors and Administrators and a Physicist who share their unique experiences of going through the application process.
The first course, Roadmap for Success: The ACR CT Accreditation Process guides the end user on how to plan for the ACR accreditation process.
The second course, Roadmap for Success: The ACR MRI Accreditation Process guides the user through the MRI accreditation process, plus includes a bonus chapter on Quality Assurance for MRI technologists.
Both courses were produced with a generous grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.