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» Appropriateness Criteria
“The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (AC) are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. Employing these guidelines helps providers enhance quality of care and contribute to the most efficacious use of radiology.” – ACR.org
https://www.acr.org/Clinical-Resources/ACR-Appropriateness-Criteria
 
» Clinical Decision Support
“Clinical decision support (CDS) provides clinicians, staff, patients or other individuals with knowledge and person-specific information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care. CDS encompasses a variety of tools to enhance decision-making in the clinical workflow…” – healthit.gov
https://www.healthit.gov/topic/safety/clinical-decision-support
 
» Additional Appropriateness Criteria and Clinical Decision Support resources and tools:
JACR Appropriateness Criteria Patient-Friendly Summaries
  • “The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), in collaboration with the ACR, has launched Patient Summaries as a new publication category, representing an important, new initiative to have patients (laypersons) summarize AC recommendations for patients.” - JACR.org
  • https://www.jacr.org/content/ac-patient-summaries
ACR Clinical Decision Support Resources
  • “Starting January 1, 2020, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) will require referring providers to consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services (CT, MR, nuclear medicine exams and PET) for Medicare patients.” - ACR
  • https://www.acr.org/Clinical-Resources/Clinical-Decision-Support
ACR R-SCAN
  • “R-SCAN™ is a collaborative action plan that brings radiologists and referring clinicians together to improve imaging appropriateness based upon a growing list of imaging Choosing Wisely (CW) topics. R-SCAN delivers immediate access to Web-based tools and clinical decision support (CDS) technology that help you optimize imaging care, reduce unnecessary imaging exams and lower the cost of care.” - ACR
  • https://rscan.org/
ACR Care Select
  • “ACR Select is a comprehensive, national standards based, clinical decision support database comprising over 3,000 clinical scenarios and 15,000 criteria. The platform provides evidence-based decision support for the appropriate utilization of all medical imaging procedures. More than 300 volunteer physicians, representing over 20 radiology and non-radiology specialty organizations, participate on the ACR AC expert panels to continuously update these nationally transparent guidelines, and provide real-time access to the latest medical imaging decision support.” - ACR
  • http://nationaldecisionsupport.com/acrselect/
ACR Radiology TEACHES
  • “Radiology-TEACHES is an online portal that uses case vignettes in ACR’s CORTEX integrated with the ACR Select® clinical decision support (CDS) to simulate the process of ordering imaging studies via integrated CDS. ACR Select, a digital representation of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for diagnostic imaging, is a module contained within CareSelect Imaging.” - ACR
  • https://www.acr.org/Clinical-Resources/Radiology-TEACHES
» RadiologyInfo.org
“RadiologyInfo.org tells you how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains over 230 procedure, exam and disease descriptions covering diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiation safety and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the RadiologyInfo.org website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the ACR and RSNA, as well as other professional radiology organizations.” – RadiologyInfo.org
http://www.radiologyinfo.org/
 
» Choosing Wisely
“The Choosing Wisely lists were created by national medical specialty societies and represent specific, evidence-based recommendations clinicians and patients should discuss. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.” – ChoosingWisely.org
http://www.choosingwisely.org/getting-started/lists/
 
» Image Gently
“The (Image Gently Campaign and the Image Gently Alliance) goal is to change practice by raising awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose in the imaging of children.” - ImageGently.org
https://www.imagegently.org/
 
» Mammography Saves Lives
“Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.” – MammographySavesLives.org
https://www.mammographysaveslives.org
 
» American Board of Radiology Maintenance of Certification
The Radiologists of Advanced Radiology are Board Certified and participate in the Maintenance of Certification program which actively demonstrates our support for continuous quality improvement, professional development, and quality patient care.
https://www.theabr.org/diagnostic-radiology/maintenance-of-certification
 
» Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Quality Programs
The Radiologists of Advanced Radiology actively participate in the CMS quality reporting programs.
https://qpp.cms.gov/about/qpp-overview
 
» Professional Organizations and Societies