The Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Decision Support

Dr. SilvaThis post was contributed by ACR Economics Commission Chair Ezequiel Silva, MD, and RBMA Federal Affairs Committee Chair Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA.

If you’re a radiologist or a radiology business manager, by now you may know that starting Jan. 1, 2020, Medicare will require referring providers to consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients. More importantly, furnishing facilities will need proof of that consult to get paid for those exams.

What you may not know are the specifics of how to get there. Linda Wilgus CPA MBA

  • How should you prepare?
  • Why should your practice be working with your referring providers on this mandate now?
  • How and where do you document the consult?
  • Are there any facilities that are exempt?
  • What if referring and rendering providers don’t share a common electronic health record or electronic medical record system?

This just scratches the surface of the questions that have been asked, and will be asked in the months to come.

Fortunately, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Radiology Business Management Association (RMBA) are co-hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7pm EST to help you understand the specifics of how to implement clinical decision support (CDS) in your practice.

You don’t have to be caught off guard – you can register for the webinar now and we, along with these other experts, will answer your questions in real time:

  • Mike Bohl, MHA, IHE International Radiology Planning Committee Co-chair, Chief Operations Officer, Radiology Group, PC, SC
  • Bob Cooke, National Decision Support Company Vice President

Even if you can’t join us on the 20th, by registering, you’ll get a link to the recorded webinar as soon as it’s available.

We’ve also gathered a variety of resources at to help you explore this issue further as we approach January 2020.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a robust Q+A with your peers and CDS experts. See you on the 20th!

  • What questions do you have about AUC/CDS implementation?
  • What step(s) have you, or your practice, already taken to ensure you’re prepared for the PAMA mandate? 

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