applications by June 2011 in order to allow
ample time to obtain accreditation, as
required by the MIPPA law. Effective January
1, 2012, reimbursements will be made only
to providers that are accredited by one of
the three CMS designated accreditation
organizations. It is important to recognize
that Medicare reimbursements will not be
paid until CMS is notified that the imaging
facility has been granted accreditation. In
other words, the mandate does not recognize facilities that have simply submitted
an application and are awaiting a decision.
In order to avoid a lapse in accreditation,
those facilities already accredited must
ensure that they submit their reaccredita-tion applications in ample time to maintain compliance with the CMS mandate.
Medical professionals performing and
interpreting diagnostic imaging procedures are being held to high levels of
accountability—by peers, by patients, and
by Medicare and other payers. Compliance
with the CMS mandate will provide
advanced diagnostic imaging facilities with
a means by which to evaluate and demonstrate the level of quality imaging and
patient care they provide.
Tamara Sloper is contributing as a guest columnist.
She is the director of marketing with the Intersocietal
Accreditation Commission (IAC). To learn more about
the IAC accreditation programs applicable to the CMS
mandate (for nuclear medicine, MRI , C T, and PE T), visit
www.intersocietal.org or call 800-838-2110.