Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
As imaging news site AuntMinnie.com reports in a recent article, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has decided to commercialize the evidence-based appropriateness guidelines it began publishing almost two decades ago. The organization is aiming to make its ACR Appropriateness Criteria into a national standard for ordering physicians.
It recently entered into an exclusive agency agreement with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC), and will name the product "ACR Select." The NDSC has agreed to provide HER vendors with the technical platform, support, and licensing of the product so it can be incorporated into computerized physician order-entry systems (CPOE).
The ACR Appropriateness Criteria encompasses over 1,380 topics and 614 variant conditions to help physicians understand which imaging procedures to order and when they are necessary. The database of guidelines is constantly updated by a panel of around 300 volunteer physicians, divided into 20 specialty panels, embodying over 20 organizations.
Commercializing national standards: The details behind the decision
Though the partnership is still actively analyzing the proposed stage two rules for the federal government’s EHR incentive program, we’re already seeing some excellent news for radiologists. It appears that CMS has incorporated many of the ACR’s ‘asks’ with regards to meaningful use, taking greater account of radiologists’ lack of regular patient contact, and creating more flexibility in the way they can demonstrate meaningful use and receive incentives.
Promising signs for radiology in stage two meaningful use rule
Nick Bartz, Imaging Performance Partnership
HIMSS conference attendees were treated to some welcome news this afternoon when the national coordinator for health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, announced that imaging will in fact be included in Stage 2 of the meaningful use criteria for the U.S. government's healthcare IT stimulus program. According to Dr. Mostashari’s announcement, viewing of images will be an optional menu item in the proposed stage 2 requirements.
Stage 2 of meaningful use to include imaging