The U.S. government is accepting applications from organizations having the expertise to accredit suppliers of advanced medical imaging technology to conduct accreditations of those suppliers.
On March 2, 2012 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a notice on the Federal Register, “Medicare Program; Solicitation of Independent Accrediting Organizations To Participate in the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Supplier Accreditation Program.”
In the notice, CMS invites “independent accreditation organizations who have not previously submitted applications to participate in the advanced diagnostic imaging supplier accreditation program as a designated accreditation organization for the purpose of accrediting suppliers furnishing the technical component (TC) of advanced diagnostic imaging services.”
The notice also sets forth the application guidelines for approval of organizations wishing to accredit suppliers of advanced diagnostic imaging services. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012 at 5 p.m. daylight savings time.
Under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, CMS can designate organizations to accredit suppliers of advanced diagnostic imaging services, and to establish procedures to ensure that the criteria used by such accrediting organizations to accredit TC suppliers are specific to each imaging modality and meet the requirements of the statute. The Act defines advanced diagnostic imaging services as:
Diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and nuclear medicine; including positron emission tomography.
Such other diagnostic imaging services (excluding x-ray, ultrasound and fluoroscopy) in consultation with physician specialty organizations and other stakeholders.
In addition, the Act defines diagnostic imaging services as “imaging and computer-assisted imaging services, including x-ray, ultrasound (including echocardiography), nuclear medicine (including positron emission tomography), magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and fluoroscopy, but excluding diagnostic and screening mammography.”