The accreditation will apply only to the suppliers of the images, not to the physician's interpretation (professional component) of the image. In addition, only suppliers of ADI paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited; hospitals are thus exempt from the requirement. ADI services furnished in a hospital outpatient setting are also exempt.
The American College of Radiology, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and The Joint Commission are the approved accreditation organizations. Suppliers of the TC for ADI must be accredited by only one of these organizations by Jan. 1 to avoid claim denials by Medicare. Requirements for accreditation include meeting quality standards for medical personnel, equipment and images, among others.
The accreditation process may take up to five months and the average cost for one location and one modality is approximately $3,500 every three years, according to the report.
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