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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 9/25/2018
  • Expiration Date: 10/1/2021
  • Credit Hours: 1 Credit
  • ACCME Approval: This course is approved by the ACCME. (Release Date: 9/15/2018  Expiration Date: 10/1/2020)
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    Overutilization of medical imaging is a growing concern among clinicians, regulators, and the public, both in terms of healthcare spending and patient exposure to ionizing radiation. Limiting imaging examinations to those deemed appropriate is an important mechanism for minimizing costs and patient exposure. Developed initially during the 1990s, the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC) are the most comprehensive and official set of guidelines available to assist referring physicians and other imaging providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. Based on a combination of evidence and expert consensus, the ACR AC are continually updated by a panel of radiologist and nonradiologist experts from each clinical area. The ACR AC currently provides an appropriateness score for various imaging modalities for 176 different diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics, and are available via several online, searchable applications. Implementation of appropriate use criteria such as the ACR AC will soon be required in order to receive reimbursement for advanced imaging services such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and nuclear medicine imaging studies; such a requirement is currently on track to be mandated as of January 1, 2020. Therefore, it is critical that all radiologists, referring physicians, radiology residents, and radiologic technologists become familiar with the ACR AC.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Review the need for appropriate use criteria (AUC) in the field of medical imaging.
    • Describe the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC) development, access, and use.
    • Explain the role of the ACR AC in being compliant with upcoming AUC mandates for services offering advanced imaging examinations.

    Categories: Professional Development/Patient Care Quality, Radiation Safety/Protection

  • CE Information:

    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas indirect credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    This activity is designed to meet the needs of Radiologic Technologists and Physicians, specifically Radiologists.

    This activity is provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, for physician credit.

    Release Date: 9/1/2018

    Expiration Date: 9/1/2020

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    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, and eRADIMAGING. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians.

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    Physician Assistants
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    This activity is NOT supported by a commercial educational grant.

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ACR Appropriateness Criteria: an Update

Cindy Schultz, PhD*

*Owner, Monarch Medical Writing, LLC, Yorktown Heights, NY

Address correspondence to: Cindy Schultz, PhD, Email: cindyschultz@monarchmedicalwriting.com

Disclosure statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

 

ABSTRACT

Overutilization of medical imaging is a growing concern among clinicians, regulators, and the public, both in terms of healthcare spending and patient exposure to ionizing radiation. Limiting imaging examinations to those deemed appropriate is an important mechanism for minimizing costs and patient exposure. Developed initially during the 1990s, the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC) are the most comprehensive and official set of guidelines available to assist referring physicians and other imaging providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. Based on a combination of evidence and expert consensus, the ACR AC are continually updated by a panel of radiologist and nonradiologist experts from each clinical area. The ACR AC currently provides an appropriateness score for various imaging modalities for 176 different diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics, and are available via several online, searchable applications. Implementation of appropriate use criteria such as the ACR AC will soon be required in order to receive reimbursement for advanced imaging services such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and nuclear medicine imaging studies; such a requirement is currently on track to be mandated as of January 1, 2020. Therefore, it is critical that all radiologists, referring physicians, radiology residents, and radiologic technologists become familiar with the ACR AC.

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