In January of 2010, CMS announced its approval of three national accreditation organizations: The American College of Radiology (ACR), The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), and The Joint Commission, to accredit suppliers seeking to provide the technical component of advanced diagnostic imaging services under Medicare.
CMS Names Imaging Accrediting Organizations
In light of our past webconferences on the outlook for imaging and the likelihood that management of ordering appropriateness may become a growing mandate for imaging admininstrators and radiologists, I wanted to point to this article in the Radiology Business Journal in case you missed it. The article profiles Grand Junction, Colorado, one of a few places singled out by Atul Gawande in the now-famous New Yorker article on health care costs and utilization. The article profiles Rocky Mountain Health Plan and the incentive payments they make to physicians for higher quality, lower cost care. The health plan witholds 10 to 15 percent of each physician's professional claims and holds the money in a savings account. If the health plan meets financial targets at the end of the year, physicians receive a bonus payout based on the withhold.
Managing Radiology Utilization in an Integrated Delivery System