Accreditation Countdown: If You Are Billing Medicare the Technical Component for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, You Better Get Started
If you are a physician, non-physician practitioner or Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF) who supplies imaging services and submits claims for the Technical Component (TC) of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) procedures to Medicare contractors (carriers and A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)), you should know that you must be accredited by Sunday, January 1, 2012. If your facility uses an accredited mobile facility, and you bill for the TC of ADI, you must also be accredited. The accreditation requirement is attached to the biller of the services.
Those not accredited by that deadline will not be able to bill Medicare until they become accredited.
For those planning on seeking accreditation to continue performing the technical component of ADI services, know that accreditation is dependent on the demonstration of quality standards, including (but not limited to):
- Qualifications and responsibilities of medical directors and supervising physicians;
- Qualifications of medical personnel who are not physicians;
- Procedures to ensure that equipment used meets performance specifications;
- Procedures to ensure the safety of beneficiaries;
- Procedures to ensure the safety of person who furnish the imaging; and
- Establishment and maintenance of a quality assurance and quality control program to ensure the reliability, clarity and accuracy of the technical quality of the image.
Additionally, the accreditation process may include: