Collaboration Is Key – and Will One Day Be the Law

Dr.McGinty(updated)_andcroppedThis post is contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors.

A recent Imaging 3.0 case study demonstrates the opportunities that present when radiologists and referring providers work together to ensure patients get the best imaging care.

Baylor College of Medicine radiologists Christie Lincoln, MD, and Melissa Chen, MD, worked with referring physicians to reduce unnecessary imaging for low back pain through the Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™).


Christie Lincoln, MD

Including educational interventions in an existing CME track in the health system encouraged referring providers, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to take part.

As a result, providers ordered nearly 38 percent fewer imaging exams for low back pain. They also increased their appropriateness rating for such orders by roughly 23 percent.

Beginning January of 2020, providers must consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) prior to ordering advanced imaging exams for Medicare patients. Imaging providers will not be reimbursed for the study if referring providers don’t demonstrate compliance.


Melissa Chen, MD

The R-SCAN program allows referring providers and radiologists to get a jump on this process, earn CME and improve the appropriateness of imaging care now. The R-SCAN program is also free to all involved.

2020 is not that far away. If your department or practice is not already taking steps to get ready, check into R-SCAN now and get ahead of the curve.

What steps are your department or practice taking to get ready for the Medicare AUC requirement?

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