Yes it is. In April of 2020, CMS published the Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. In the publication, among other policy changes, CMS altered the definition of direct supervision to include virtual presence through audio/video real-time communications technology. Thereby permitting direct supervision of contrast-enhanced exams by audio and video real-time communication, excluding audio-only formats. CMS recently reaffirmed this expanded definition of direct supervision in both the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule issued in August 2023, and the 2024 MPFS Final Rule released in November 2023. The Final Rule solidified that virtual presence through real-time audio/video communication will continue to meet CMS' direct supervision requirements through at least December 31, 2024.
As a radiologist-owned and led company, we understand the vital importance of uninterrupted contrast coverage for patients and imaging centers. That’s why we set out to create the first all-in-one solution for virtual contrast supervision - a single company that handles all of the onboarding, compliance, scheduling, and contrast supervision an imaging center may need. If you are looking to streamline contrast supervision across multiple sites, look no further than ContrastConnect.
Onboarding is streamlined through our user-friendly client portal. You can easily fill out onboarding forms, share files, provide e-signatures, schedule monthly coverage, pay invoices, and directly message our staff without the hassles of back and forth email. Our team will work closely with yours to ensure a smooth and successful onboarding process, without interruption to contrast supervision.
Patient safety drives every decision at ContrastConnect. Our team of radiologists are adept with the ACR’s contrast reaction treatment algorithms - providing peace of mind with every reaction. Multiple physicians are on-call and available concurrently ensuring every contrast reaction receives the fastest possible response, every single time. Furthermore, by leveraging real-time collaboration tools, our physicians can work together to manage rare life-threatening complications when necessary.