Credentialers and Practices
Last verified on September 19, 2017
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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 is the ABR doing to educate hospitals, clinics, credentialing bodies, medical insurers, malpractice insurers, state boards, and the savvy general public about the new change so that we don’t have a fiasco at initial credentialing and renewal times?
- My hospital/state/local certifying board requires that I report any changes to my certification and may require an in-person hearing. Allowing either or both my current DR and VIR CAQ lapse or become inactive may result in a black mark on my record due to no fault of my own. What resources will ABR provide to help me inform these boards about this change? How will ABR work to ensure this does not negatively affect my ability to practice?
- What resources will 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 will you ensure the insurance companies recognize this new certification? How will 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? Will ABR recommend to insurance companies that only a physician with an IR/DR certificate perform image-guided procedures?