High-tech Imaging Facilities: Did you miss the deadline?

June 17, 2011

In April 2011, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced the implementation of OptiNet®’ – an online assessment tool developed by American Imaging Management®’ (AIM®’)  to collect and assess modality-specific data from imaging providers. The OptiNet assessment process is an enhancement to our existing Radiology Quality Initiative (RQI) program, which AIM administers for BCBSTX.

If you are a high-tech imaging service facility that performs the technical component of CT/CTA, MRI/MRA, Nuclear Cardiology and/or PET scans for BCBSTX members, completing the OptiNet assessment is critical. Here’s why:

  • Your assessment data will be analyzed to generate a score for each modality you register.
  • As of Aug. 29, 2011, modality scores and other information* will be made available to ordering physicians during the Provider Selection component of the RQI process.
  • If you do not complete the OptiNet assessment, your site will not be included in AIM’s online directory for viewing and selection by ordering physicians.

If you haven’t started the assessment, there’s still time to participate. While the deadline for high-tech imaging facilities to complete the OptiNet assessment was June 3, 2011, information gathered from other providers is still being processed. Therefore, for a limited time, you may still register and complete your online assessment. Don’t wait! Submit your data as soon as possible so that your facility’s information can be displayed to ordering physicians.

Need more information?

For more information, refer to our Education and Reference/Provider Tools section, where you will find the following resources:

Ready to begin the assessment?

When you’re ready to begin the assessment, visit the AIM website . Select BCBS PPO Texas from the drop-down menu to begin your registration. The OptiNet tool will remain available to you if you need to make changes at a later date. You should update your information when necessary.

*In addition to modality scores, ordering physicians may view average allowed payment amount for the procedure (based on the professional and technical components of previously billed services), and distance from a particular member’s home.

OptiNet is a registered trademark of AIM, an independent third party vendor that is solely responsible for its products and services. BCBSTX makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services offered by independent third party vendors. If you have any questions about the products or services they offer, you should contact the vendor directly.