REFERRING CLINICIANS 

RAO – A TRUSTED CLINICAL PARTNER FOR OUTSTANDING DIAGNOSTIC CARE

Our Board Certified radiologists, experienced clinicians and trained clerical staff work in concert to ensure that you and your patients always receive the most accurate diagnostic imaging and interventional services available. Our doctors will work directly with your practice, providing collaborative analyses and treatment staging whenever needed. Our privileges at all Marion County hospitals and Bayfront Health Seven Rivers in Citrus County, and lightning-fast PACS image and report transmission and digital storage make RAO a partner you and your patients can count on.

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AUTHORIZATIONS AND ORDER FORMS

Get immediate access to diagnostic testing and authorization forms, a list of our insurance providers, and more. If you prefer to have forms delivered to your office, please contact us at info@raocala.com or call 352-671-4234 and specify which forms you need and we will deliver them to you within two business days.

SAME DAY BIOPSIES

Women presenting with a breast lump, a suspicious screening mammogram or another sign indicating the possible presence of breast cancer deserve quick answers. Physicians who refer patients to RAO for a follow-up diagnostic mammogram can inform patients that if their diagnostic exam is deemed to be abnormal, they can receive a breast biopsy the very same day*, for a rapid diagnosis and, when warranted, accelerated treatment.

PDF order forms function best when downloaded and used with Adode Reader and not the web browser. The forms can be filled out and submitted online but those functions only work when opened and edited with an Adobe product. To download Adobe Reader, click on the Adobe PDF icon.

MEDICARE PART B AUC IS COMING. ARE YOU PREPARED?

To assist our referring Medicare Part B physicians and clinicians with the mandated Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) coming January 1, 2020, we are providing the following summary information and links. This is an overview only. Complete information is available using the links provided and by visiting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website at cms.gov and the Medicare Learning Network Fact Sheet dedicated to this topic.

APPROPRIATE USE CRITERIA FOR ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Beginning in 2020, if you order Medicare Part B advanced diagnostic imaging services, you must consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) through a qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (CDSM).

A CDSM is an interactive, electronic tool that gives the clinician AUC information they can use to make the most patient-appropriate treatment decision for the specific clinical condition. Qualified CDSMs must meet certain requirements and have specific capabilities, including the ability to generate documentation and demonstrate the suitability of the service for the patient’s condition.

Referring doctors and clinicians must also provide the information to furnishing professionals and facilities, because they must report AUC consultation information on their Medicare claims.

For a current list of qualified CDSMs and to review the full scope of AUC mandates, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Appropriate-Use-Criteria-Program/CDSM.html.

The American College of Radiology provides a helpful webinar on this topic on their YouTube channel, Radiology ACR, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmNwETx6Drk&feature=youtu.be. We hope you find this summary helpful. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact RAO at 352-671-4234.

 

INSURANCE

We proudly contract with a wide variety of quality insurance carriers. We keep things easy by filing all claims, except for non-contracted HMOs.

indications CT vs MRI

Sometimes it helps to have a little professional guidance when deciding on the best choice of diagnostic tests for a patient.

INDICATIONS LOW-DOSE CT LUNG SCREENING VS STANDARD CHEST CT

We have provided an illustrated comparison of these diagnostic procedures and specific criteria for lung cancer screening.

PICTURE ARCHIVING AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Review features, installation instructions and the user guide for the Synapse PACS system, a web-based program for immediate transfer of patient images & reports.

To request access to these systems, please read, complete and sign the Confidentiality Agreement and then either fax the completed form to: 352-671-4396 or email to: it@raocala.com

Questions or problems regarding this website or these systems should be directed to it@raocala.com or call 352-401-3242.