Playbook for Implementing Clinical Decision Support

Tactics and tools to meet the mandate for appropriate imaging care

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Playbook for Implementing CDS

Providers ordering advanced outpatient medical exams will have to use clinical decision support (CDS) to receive Medicare reimbursement in the future. Beyond meeting a federal mandate, however, CDS offers health systems many benefits, like helping providers improve performance on patient access and total cost of care.

This study outlines three critical steps to successful CDS implementation. We've provided case study examples for each imperative, strategies for engaging CDS stakeholders, and a suite of downloadable tools and resources for taking action.



The time to implement CDS is now

Implementing CDS means adopting IT capability allowing clinicians to access an established set of evidenced-based criteria when ordering tests, procedures, or medication. For imaging leaders, there are three main drivers pushing their departments to implement CDS now.

First, CDS is already a requirement of the Meaningful Use program, and the Department of Health and Human Services has called out imaging as a target for CDS technologies. Second, Congress declared that CDS will no longer be optional for imaging, and although CMS extended the implementation deadline for providers in its CY 2016 final rule, it continues to move forward with the program. Third, CMS helps imaging programs become market providers of choice by enabling them to meet patient preference in three key areas: access, appropriate care, and affordability.

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