Billing I-AIM: a novel framework for ultrasound billing


Background: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has an ever-growing footprint in medicine. With this growth POCUS billing and reimbursement has become an area gaining quite a bit of attention as a means of funding and sustaining quality and education programs. Standardization across providers is needed to improve the financial viability of POCUS.

Results: We created an institutional collaborative which developed a framework to identify critical POCUS billing and reimbursement checkpoints. The framework, Billing I-AIM, provides a feasible structure to enhance provider-based reimbursement and perform quality improvement eforts across variable POCUS environments.

Conclusions: POCUS billing using the Billing I-AIM technique allows administrative oversight, quality assurance, and educational functions as well. A discussion of the framework and respective application is provided.

Keywords: Point-of-care ultrasound, Ultrasonography, Ultrasound billing, Ultrasound reimbursement, Emergency
service, Bedside ultrasound

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