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  • 06.5.13

    AMIC Commends GAO Call for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended the May 31 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, calling for the establishment of minimum national standards and an oversight framework for accreditation of advanced diagnostic imaging services.

    “AMIC has been a stalwart champion for the widespread use of mandatory accreditation for those facilities providing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and nuclear cardiology. Today, our members are pleased  that that the GAO has recognized the value accreditation brings to ensuring patients have access to the highest quality advanced diagnostic imaging services,” said Tim Trysla, Executive Director of AMIC.

    AMIC championed the provisions for accreditation, as well as appropriateness criteria, in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, seeing both as positive policy solutions for ensuring proper utilization of advanced diagnostic imaging technologies.

    Accreditation is a process of both self-assessment and independent expert audit by external professional medical entities, based on mandatory accreditation criteria and technical standards. Accreditation programs evaluate the qualifications of a provider’s personnel, the quality of clinical images and quality and safety control processes.

    “Professional medical imaging and radiation therapy technologists play an important role in delivering high quality advanced diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy services. The value of education and certification standards, accreditation, and clinical decision support will encourage the proper use of MR, CT, PET and nuclear cardiology services while maintaining patients’ access to life-saving diagnostic and screening services,” added Trysla. “AMIC looks forward to working with Congress, HHS, and other stakeholders to ensure the appropriate implementation of the GAO recommendations.”

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     The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition represents physicians, medical providers, and patient organizations throughout the U.S. It also includes health technology firms that manufacture imaging equipment and supplies and that employ tens of thousands of workers. Thus, AMIC represents those who develop medical imaging technologies, those who apply it, and those who benefit from it.

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