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Empire's High -tech Radiology Imaging Services Program

Beginning December 20, 2010, AIM will begin administering Empire's high-tech radiology imaging services program for dates of service on or after January 1, 2011. Precertification will be required for the same high-tech radiology imaging services rendered to members whose benefits currently require precertification. Those services are as follows:  
Magnetic Resonance (MRI/MRA)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans
Computed Tomography (CT/CTA)
Nuclear Cardiology
Also, starting October 25, 2010, Empire began collecting information about the imaging capabilities of all contracted providers who provide the technical component of high-tech radiology imaging services in AIM's online assessment tool, OptiNet
To assist you during this transition, the following documents are available for your reference. 
For physicians who will need to request high-tech radiology imaging services: 
CPT Code List
Radiology Management Frequently Asked Questions
Order Request Checklist
Program Quick Reference Guide
Clinical Worksheet for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and Stress Echocardiography Pre-Exam Questions
For practitioners/facilities who will be performing high-tech radiology imaging services: 
OptiNet Assessment FAQs
OptiNet Registration Checklist
Understanding your OptiNet Scorecard
In addition to the transition, Empire will expand its diagnostic imaging management program on January 1, 2011, to include the following additional services:  
Stress Echocardiography (SE),
Resting Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE),
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE).
Empire is asking ordering providers to contact AIM to provide voluntary pre-notification of echocardiography imaging services. 
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