SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicalis, a leading provider of EMR-integrated Imaging Service Line Solutions, announced the creation of the Imaging Learning Network. In partnership with many of the entities that helped shape the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation requiring appropriate use criteria (AUC) be applied to advanced imaging services through electronic clinical decision support (CDS), the Imaging Learning Network is designed to help provider organizations meet the requirement and or become qualified provider led entities (QPLEs).
Taking into account the lessons learned from the outcomes of the Medicare Imaging Demonstration, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) CDS regulation enables provider organizations to focus their selection of AUCs based upon quality of evidence, giving them an opportunity to maximize the impact of CDS to improve outcomes and minimize interruptions. The CMS/PAMA mandate is focused on eight Priority Clinical Areas including suspected pulmonary embolus and low back pain. The Imaging Learning Network is intended to support both Medicalis's current and future Decision Support customers, helping develop interventions from the referring physician's perspective. The Imaging Learning Network represents over 15,000 providers practicing in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Alaska, Montana, Kansas and Texas. Member institutions include leading academic medical centers, large delivery networks, and a cancer specialty hospital. CMS recently confirmed that January 1, 2018, is the deadline for implementation of the CMS/PAMA Mandate. Medicalis is extremely proud that four of the six integrated health systems granted QPLE status by CMS in 2016 are current Medicalis customers, and several other Medicalis customers are currently preparing their QPLE applications for submission to CMS in 2017.