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Release Date: 
January 23, 2018

Expiration Date:
January 31, 2020



Robert Cooke
Vice-President, Marketing and Strategy
National Decision Support Company

A certified one-hour lecture for Radiology Administrators and Managers, Radiologic Technologists, Lead Technologists, and Modality Leaders

This course expires January 31st, 2020

If you want credit, all aspects of this course must be completed by no later than January 30, 2020:

  • View the course content
  • Pass the posttest

After the course has expired, the course will not be accessible.

Format: Online Course
Physician Credit: no MD credit available
RT Credit: 1.0 ARRT Category A
Tuition: Free

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) permanently repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate and established regulatory framework which rewards clinicians for value over volume. For imaging administrators, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes a mandate for utilizing imaging clinical decision support (CDS) or the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program (AUC).

The deadline for ordering providers to begin consulting CDS when placing advanced imaging orders, and for furnishing providers to submit documentation of CDS use on Medicare claims for reimbursement is January 1, 2018. This lecture will discuss the regulatory environment and associated trends in the medical imaging marketplace and how imaging organizations can implement and comply with the current regulations and requirements.

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

  • Discuss the regulatory environment and regulatory trends in medical imaging as they apply to the Protecting Access to Medicare Act
  • Describe the role of appropriate use criteria as an alternative form of prior authorization through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism
  • Identify the requirements of the ordering provider and furnishing provider to ensure both the correct advanced imaging examination is ordered and Medicare reimbursement
  • List the organizational requirements for timely compliance, avoiding outlier status, and ensuring every provider has access to appropriate use criteria specific to their scope-of-practice

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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 Operations Management (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
  • At the conclusion of the lecture, close the Vimeo media window
  • 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

Robert Cooke
Vice-President, Marketing and Strategy
National Decision Support Company

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:

Robert Cooke 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.