News | February 23, 2010

ACR Launches Online Nuclear Medicine, PET Accreditation Programs

February 23, 2010 - The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched an online nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) accreditation application program that streamlines the process and significantly reduces the time it takes for nuclear medicine and PET facilities to become accredited.

The ACR nuclear medicine and PET accreditation programs are the latest modalities to allow providers to apply online via the new “ACRedit” system enabling facilities to more quickly and efficiently move through the accreditation process.

“The most notable benefit to the new online system is the speed: the process has enabled accreditation approval time to be cut in half, meaning facilities can expect a final report in less than three months from the time they submit their images for review. In addition, ACR’s fee structure is simple and transparent, and the ACR, unlike other accrediting bodies, does not require a fee to access the application or an annual fee,” said Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, American College of Radiology Chief Executive Officer.

The ACR has accredited more than 20,000 facilities nationwide and has added to its staff of certified radiologic technologists to guide providers through all stages of the accreditation process. ACR accreditation is a comprehensive, yet flexible process where evaluators pay special attention to image quality in addition to equipment, quality control procedures, quality assurance programs, and personnel qualifications.

“ACR accreditation is highly educational, helps facilities strengthen their quality assurance, and demonstrates to patients, payers, and government agencies a commitment to providing quality care. Patients often seek out facilities with ACR accreditation which allows facilities to use their ACR accredited status as a valuable marketing and patient outreach tool,” said Neiman.

Effective Jan. 1 2012, all providers who bill for PET, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare. The ACR, recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as national medical imaging accrediting body, has the experience, expertise, and infrastructure to help large numbers of advanced medical imaging providers gain accredited status by Jan. 1 2012 as mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).

For more information:

Related Content

New PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition
News | PET-CT | July 25, 2017
Using a new imaging technique that can diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis much more accurately than traditional tests,...
PET/CT, calcium blockages, heart attack risk, Intermountain study, American Heart Association, AHA Scientific Sessions 2016
News | PET-CT | November 15, 2016
Many people who experience chest pain but don’t have a heart attack breathe a big sigh of relief when a stress test...
PET/CT, atherosclerotic plaque detection, Stanford University

Application of dual-modality optical and PET/CT activity-based probe in experimental carotid inflammation model. Coronal noninvasive PET/CT scans of (A) healthy and (B) diseased mice with and without ligated carotid arteries respectively. Inset images show optical ex vivo florescence imagining of (A) healthy and (B) diseased carotid arteries.  PET/CT and optical images courtesy of Xiaowei Ma, Toshinobu Saito and Nimali Withana.

News | PET-CT | November 01, 2016
Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated for the first time the use of a dual optical and positron emission...
GE Healthcare, Discovery MI PET/CT system, FDA clearance, RSNA 2016
Technology | PET-CT | October 05, 2016
GE Healthcare recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Discovery MI digital...
PET/CT scan, brain stress center, heart disease predictor, ACC.16
News | PET-CT | April 05, 2016
New research shows individuals with a greater degree of activity in the stress center of the brain also have more...
Siemens, Biograph Horizon PET CT, FDA clearance
Technology | PET-CT | January 21, 2016
Siemens Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Biograph...
Toshiba, Celesteion, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, U.S., first
News | PET-CT | June 08, 2015
Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) of Las Vegas has bolstered its capabilities by installing the United...
Overlay Init