Credentialers and Practices
Last verified on July 23, 2019
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- The Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Certificate
- Memo to Credentialers and Other Stakeholders
- FAQs for Diplomates: Certificate Conversion and Credentialing
- What exactly did the ABR do to educate hospitals, clinics, credentialing bodies, medical insurers, malpractice insurers, state boards, and the savvy general public about the IR/DR certificate so that we don’t have a fiasco at initial credentialing and renewal times?
- What resources do you provide to help me support the case of a lapsed VIR CAQ to my local credentialing boards and/or hospital administration?
- I received a letter from an insurance company asking me whether I plan to take the VIR CAQ recertification test. My answer could negatively affect my reimbursement rates. How do I respond to this inquiry, given these process changes, to ensure I am not punished?
- If you don’t have an IR certification, some national payers will not reimburse for any IR-related E/M codes. How do you ensure the insurance companies recognize this new certification? How do you ensure that the lapsed VIR CAQ isn’t perceived as having dropped my IR practice?
- The ABR states: “October 15, 2017, will be a landmark day for interventional radiology. On this day, qualified interventional radiologists (IRs) will be issued a new board certificate that reflects their unique stature as IRs and their singular role in treating and managing patients through image-guided interventions.” Can you define “unique stature and singular role” and what image-guided interventions, specifically, are you referring to? Does the ABR recommend to insurance companies that only a physician with an IR/DR certificate perform image-guided procedures?