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.

We are excited to be able to offer these expanded standards to better serve the needs of our applicants. Our program helps ensure that providers meet the highest standards of quality and safety so that patients who visit a RadSite-accredited facility can feel confident they are getting the best level of care. The release of version 2.2 provides even more ways for providers to demonstrate that they are following industry best-practices.

In fact, RadSite offers a hands-on approach and open dialogue when working with applicants to gain a clear understanding of consumers’ and imaging providers’ needs and wants. We gathered input from applicants who have applied for accreditation with RadSite over the past year. We were able to incorporated feedback from providers of advanced diagnostic imaging modalities across all areas of the country into these revisions.

MIPPA Accreditation Program Standards v2.2 has undergone a rigorous review process from the RadSite Standards Committee and Advisory Board. An external panel of experts from CMS also evaluated the enhancements to RadSite’s quality evaluation metrics and formally approved them March 11, 2015.

Important updates include:

  • RadSite’s application addresses XR-29 (NEMA/MITA Smart Dose standards) so providers with CT imaging services can demonstrate they meet CMS requirements to avoid reimbursement reductions.
  • Newly enhanced standards with acceptable certification options for technologists, such as the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
  • The Nuclear Associates/Fluke phantom is approved as a new option for submitting physics materials for PET and SPECT systems.
  • MR scientists are now allowed to perform medical physics testing for MRI systems.
  • RadSite will continue to use its accreditation program as an avenue to promote its educational mission. This includes allowing providers a corrective action period to remedy any deficiencies and improve their processes rather than failing outright, as well as offering constructive feedback through consultative on-site visits that can help all applicants take gradual steps to better their quality.

MIPPA Accreditation Program Standards

To read more about RadSite’s new MIPPA Accreditation Program standards, you can read the official press release here. To request a copy of the MIPPA Accreditation Program Standards v2.2, please visit http://www.radsitequality.com/cms-accreditation-requirments.

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