Does Your Scan Reflect R-SCAN?

This post was contributed by Gregory N. Nicola, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Economics Committee on MACRA.

Nicola_GYes, this blog’s title is tongue in cheek. But the question is important.

It’s important if you’re participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) component of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Radiologists and collaborating referring doctors may earn seven medium-weight Improvement Activity (IA) credits for completing a Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) project this year. With one R-SCAN project, both radiologists and referring clinicians may meet all of their IA requirements to achieve MIPS credit.

More than 150 radiology practices — from small private practices to large academic centers — and referring practices are participating in R-SCAN to meet IA requirements. You need to show activity engagement for 90 consecutive days. So, there’s time for you to get started this year.

Taking part in R-SCAN brings radiologists and referring clinicians together to improve imaging appropriateness based on Choosing Wisely topics.

It prepares you for the coming federal mandate that health care providers consult appropriate use criteria before ordering advanced imaging for Medicare patients. It gets referring doctors familiar with clinical decision support technology at no cost. R-SCAN participants gain free access to a customized version the ACR Select® CDS tool, the web-based version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®.

And, you and referring doctors can get complimentary CME credit.

More information can be found on the R-SCAN website, including the how-to guide, topics, general resources, topic-specific resources and FAQs.

R-SCAN shows our commitment to providing value-based care. Others can see our efforts to improve quality, reduce low-value scans and lower imaging costs, which are essential under advanced payment models. It’s time to get started with R-SCAN.

If you’re participating in R-SCAN, tell us about your project.

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