Worried about the costs of meeting requirements for XR-29 CT dose standards? You aren’t alone. As organizations scramble to make sure their equipment and software is up to snuff, they may be overlooking a key player who can help with equipment and proper dosing: a medical physicist.
A medical physicist can assist with many of the technical details necessary to keep your imaging department certified, accredited and compliant so that you can receive full payment from Medicare. In fact, RadSite’s MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP) requires a medical physicist on site to inspect all CT, MRI and nuclear medicine machines at least annually to ensure compliance with CMS requirements.
When one considers the essential elements of best-in-class medical imaging, the old adage "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" comes to mind. In the medical imaging industry, beauty and quality often go hand-in-hand since the practice is inherently visual in nature. While medical imaging professionals have traditionally defined the medical image as the primary source of quality assessment, a number of other elements contribute to quality, which in turn determines clinical outcomes.
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RadSite’s™ most recent revisions to the MIPPA Accreditation Program standards v2.2 have been approved by CMS and are now available to incoming applicants.
The MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP) allows providers who bill CMS for CT, MRI, PET and SPECT procedures to apply for accreditation as required by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. Similar to other accreditation programs, MAP includes a review of personnel, policies and procedures, as well as sample clinical images and phantom studies.