X-Ray Compliance Laws Got You Stressed? 7 Questions Radiologists Should Ask
Simply saying the word “compliance” probably gives many radiology professionals a shudder. So much so that even those with the best of intentions often end up ignoring or overlooking the issue, assuming that all the right steps have already been put into place. This type of assumption could end up becoming a very costly mistake.
In the case of digital radiography and x-ray compliance, here are the important questions you should ask to properly handle the matter.
1. Am I in compliance?
Let’s start with the most obvious. This is the time to evaluate your current standing, and to see what systems or technologies are in place to maintain compliance. This includes areas such as HIPAA and HITECH, and more specifically for radiologists, medical imaging offices, chiropractors, and more, issues such as x-ray compliance, registration, and inspection.
2. What is going to be my reimbursement?
The world of healthcare coverage and compliance is a constantly shifting one, so you’re probably like most others, and have questions about compliance and reimbursement, especially as it relates to Medicare/Medicaid. Stay ahead of the curve by keeping up to date with the latest policies and requirements. The latest digital x-ray compliance laws can always be found here.
3. How long is there before enforcement?
If your office is found to be noncompliant, what happens next? There’s often a period of time during which it will be possible to fix the errors and become fully compliant before any punishments or consequences are incurred. This may fall under a state department or specific bureau, i.e., the New Jersey Bureau of X-Ray Compliance, or the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.
4. What should I do first to become compliant?
For radiologists, the best resources are likely found right at those types of state departments mentioned above. Visit their websites or call them directly to learn what to do, and how to do it. At Medlink Imaging, we’re constantly on top of the latest laws and trends, so we are here as a resource, too. Let us know how we can help.
5. How will I maintain compliance over time?
Specifically looking at x-ray compliance, the most important steps are to first register your machines appropriately, and ensure that they are fully inspected and tested on schedule.
6. What are the penalties if I don’t comply?
Or in other words, what’s my risk? No medical, chiropractic, veterinary, or other office should be haphazard with their compliance, and it’s important to be aware of penalties, which can be quite severe. In the case of x-ray equipment, the whole reason compliance exists is for public health and safety, as well as patient privacy, so it’s a serious issue.
7. What will be my cost and/or savings to upgrade to become compliant?
The short answer is: It depends. Each situation – chiropractor, veterinarian, medical office – brings its own unique set of challenges. Medlink Imaging experts are here to answer your questions and provide options to ensure your office’s digital record-keeping systems and equipment are in compliance.
Medlink Imaging provides a wide range of innovative, cutting-edge technology, focused on x-ray equipment and digital imaging solutions. We work with radiologists, as well as all types of medical offices, offering superior results, convenience, and performance for your imaging needs. Contact us here to learn more about our products and capabilities, as well as how we can help you with x-ray compliance, or call us at 800.456.7800 (Option #2) to speak with a representative.