In 2005, RadSite began its assessment program to further support the goal of promoting quality and reducing the cost of diagnostic imaging by identifying substandard imaging facilities. The RadSite Assessment Program (RAP) was established to work with payors, providers and other stakeholders to promote quality-based standards and practices for imaging devices, radiology practices, and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) facilities throughout the United States.
In 2013, RadSite was designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) as the newest accrediting organization under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) for suppliers that provide the technical component of ADI services in the Medicare Part B program. RadSite's MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP) is a detailed process for ADI imaging modalities which requires a thorough documentation and verificaion of facilities and licensure.
A primary goal of the RadSite accreditation process is to empower payors to purchase radiology services in a quality-driven, cost-effective way that produces the most consistent, positive outcomes. MAP accreditation signifies that the physicians supervising and interpreting radiological images meet certain education and training standards. The program also requires that imaging equipment is surveyed regularly by qualified medical physicists to ensure it is functioning properly and that the technologists administering the tests are appropriately certified.
The establishment and application of standard criteria has been shown to reduce utilization, minimize radiation exposure, and improve image quality. These results translate directly to an improved quality of health care and a significant decrease in cancer and genetic mutation risk from unnecessary radiation exposure.
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