American College of Radiology Accreditation, Performance Metrics, Reimbursement, and Economic Considerations in Breast MR Imaging

Matthew F. Covington, Catherine A. Young, Catherine M. Appleton

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Abstract

Accreditation through the American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Accreditation Program is necessary to qualify for reimbursement from Medicare and many private insurers and provides facilities with peer review on image acquisition and clinical quality. Adherence to ACR quality control and technical practice parameter guidelines for breast MR imaging and performance of a medical outcomes audit program will maintain high-quality imaging and facilitate accreditation. Economic factors likely to influence the practice of breast MR imaging include cost-effectiveness, competition with lower-cost breast-imaging modalities, and price transparency, all of which may lower the cost of MR imaging and allow for greater utilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • ACR accreditation
  • Breast MR Imaging
  • Economics
  • Performance metrics
  • Reimbursement

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