CMS is requesting public suggestions on potential improvements to the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) program, an accreditation program mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) that applies to suppliers that furnish the technical component of advanced diagnostic imaging services such as diagnostic MRI, CT, and nuclear medicine (including PET), and certain other diagnostic imaging services (excluding X-ray, ultrasound, and fluoroscopy). According to a recent CMS newsletter, CMS is considering incorporating health and safety standards into the ADI program through Conditions for Coverage, potentially addressing personnel qualifications, infection control practices, quality improvement programs, image quality, patient safety, evidence-based research, among other topics. Suggestions may be sent to ADISuggestions@cms.hhs.gov

This request for input is in response to a recent GAO report recommending that CMS publish minimum national standards for the accreditation of ADI suppliers; develop an oversight framework for evaluating accrediting organization performance; develop more specific requirements for accrediting organization audits; and clarify guidance on immediate-jeopardy deficiencies. The report, “Medicare Imaging Accreditation: Establishing Minimum National Standards and an Oversight Framework Would Help Ensure Quality and Safety of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services,” is posted here.