A newly established lobbying group called the Imaging e-Ordering Coalition is pushing for lawmakers to broaden their efforts to create incentives for providers to adopt electronic prescribing technology for medication to also include electronic ordering systems for diagnostic imaging procedures.
Such incentives would help address efforts by healthcare reform advocates to eliminate inappropriate and costly use of diagnostic imaging procedures, coalition members said.
E-ordering will do for diagnostic imaging what e-prescribing has done for the drug prescription processsimplify the way physicians decisions for patient care are verified as medically appropriate and safe without compromising the physician-patient relationship, said Bibb Allen of the American College of Radiologyone of the groups member organizations. The Center for Diagnostic Imaginga provider groupalong with imaging technology vendors GE Healthcare, Medicalis, Merge Healthcare and Nuance Communications are also founding members.
The group has established several additional goals, most aimed at addressing the radiology industrys concern over the growing use of radiology benefits managerscompanies hired by payers to validate and pre-approve referrals for diagnostic imaging procedures. Those goals include acting as a resource for the CMS on the Medicare imaging demonstration project that was mandated as part of the Medicare Improvement Act of 2008 and working with radiology stakeholders to set e-ordering standards.