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Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

Expiration Date:
September 30, 2019



Gregory N. Nicola, MD
Vice President Hackensack Radiology Group
Hackensack University Medical Center
American College of Radiology MACRA Committee Chair

A complimentary one-hour lecture for Radiology Administrators and Managers, Radiologic Technologists, Lead Technologists, and Modality Leaders
Format: Online Course
Physician Credit: no MD credit available
RT Credit: 1.0 ARRT Category A
Tuition: Free


Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) accelerated the U.S. health care system’s transition from volume to value-based payments by implementing two distinct payment pathways: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPM), now collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This lecture reviews the regulatory updates for the 2017-2018 performance year and beyond.

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Discuss updates to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), including changes in scoring, thresholds, and minimum requirements for receiving a neutral payment adjustment
  • Define the newly added virtual groups entity in MIPS
  • Discuss changes in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) pathway in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including the future All-Payer consideration

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Administrator Continuing Education

This program has been approved by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for 1.00 hour ARRT Category A continuing education credit. This activity has been approved for CRA renewal credit under the FM and OM domain(s).  Certificates of Credit accepted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

There are no fees or prerequisites to participate in this program. In order to view this lecture, you must have an account at and register for this lecture.

  • To view the lecture, log-in to your account at Click on the lecture title and follow the link to the recording
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  • Return to the course in your account at
  • From the COURSE HOME page, click the button for POSTTEST and for EVALUATION.
  • A passing grade of at least 75% is required to receive credit. You may take the test up to three times
  • Upon receipt of a passing grade, you will be able to print a certificate of credit from your account at
  • Your certificate of credit will remain in your account at as a permanent record of your participation

Dr. Gregory N. Nicola is a practicing radiologist subspecializing in neuroradiology. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Hackensack Radiology Group in Hackensack, NJ. He also serves as a leader in the radiology community on health policy and economics issues. Dr. Nicola’s current active roles include Chair of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Committee (MACRA), Chair of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Economics Committee and Health Policy Committee, and ASNR advisor to the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Update Committee (RUC). He recently served as an ACR appointee to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA Resource Use Measures Committee (RUM). Aside from his leadership roles, Dr. Nicola has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles pertaining to health care policy and economics and has served as a frequent speaker at national medical conferences.

International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education (ICPME) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to ICPME policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

The faculty have reported the following relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity:

Gregory N. Nicola, MD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

The following planners and managers have reported NO financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Sharon Cancino
Linda McLean, MS
Victoria Phoenix, BS

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of products and devices that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any products or devices outside of the labeled indications.  

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.