United Healthcare to require accreditation for imaging
Effective March 1, 2008, United Healthcare will require freestanding facilities and physician offices that use a CMS 1500 claim form and are performing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other “more sophisticated” imaging services to obtain accreditation in order to receive reimbursement for those services. So far, United Healthcare is not going to require accreditation for radiographs.
AAOS fellows who have a contract with United Healthcare and an MRI in their office should consider getting accredited. The AAOS-sponsored Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories (ICAMRL) has the only program that offers accreditation for practices with extremity MRIs. The program was developed with the help of orthopaedic surgeons, and orthopaedic surgeons serve on the ICAMRL board of directors. To learn more about this accreditation program and to review its accreditation standards for musculoskekeletal imaging, visit: www.icamrl.org.
IBMS seeks research abstracts
The International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS) is seeking research submissions for the IBMS Davos Workshop: Bone Biology & Therapeutics, Davos, Switzerland, March 9-14, 2008.
Abstract topics for the meeting are as follows: Osteoblasts, Osteoclasts, Systemic and Local Regulation of Skeletal Metabolism, Bone Therapeutics—benign conditions, and Bone Therapeutics—malignancy. Abstracts are being accepted online at www.ibmsonline.org. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2007, no extensions to the deadline will be granted.
JCR seeks proposals on infection control
Joint Commission Resources (JCR) is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 2008 Annual Infection Control Conference. Presentations will focus on practitioner-based “best practices” to prevent health care-associated infections that result in an estimated 90,000 deaths annually and add between $4.5 billion and $5.7 billion per year to patient care costs. Presentation proposals should address new processes, technologies and tools that provide creative, innovative methods for addressing infection control. All proposals should be submitted for consideration by October 2, 2007. Additional information about the conference and proposal guidelines can be found by contacting Leslie LaBelle, associate director of conferences, JCR, at 630.792.5435 or IC2008proposals@jcrinc.com.
NICHQ seeks presentation proposals
The National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is seeking proposals for presentations at its 7th Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Health Care, March 19-21, 2008, Miami, Florida.
The Forum will highlight the most promising work across the globe that addresses improving children’s health care quality. To submit a proposal or to learn more, visit NICHQ’s Annual Forum Web page, www.nichq.org.