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IDTF Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF)

To get started having an IDTF, you must first have identified three portions for the ability to have a service and bill for it globally.  You must have a technician to perform the tests, a supervising physician to monitor the technicians, and an interpreting physician board certified in the specialty of your tests to do the test summary or summation.  

If you currently have an Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility:

  • Are you keeping up with all of the IDTF performance standards?

  • Have new rules got you confused about what to do or what to change?

  • Have your billing privileges been revoked?

  • Have your 855B amendments been denied?

  • Have you kept up with the local carrier determinations for your locale?

  • Does the 855B have you dazed and confused?

If you currently do not have an IDTF but, you wish to start one up from scratch, this is how we can help you:

  1. We'll review your practice and help determine if you should enroll as an IDTF.​​

  2. We'll review your IDTF enrollment to determine if you comply with all of the current performance standards.

  3. We show you how to augment your staff with qualified techs, physician supervisors, interpreting physicians, and equipment.

  4. We help you decide if you wish to globally bill or only bill for the technical component, then interpreting MD professionally bill his/her own fees.

  5. We provide you a comprehensive policy and procedures manual,  specific to your business and IDTF specialty procedures offered, that will serve you for many years.

  6. We work with you on the CPT Codes that will be used for your testings, then compare this list to the Medicare allowable list of procedures honored for payments.

  7. We offer full turnkey solutions, providing you a Medicare Approved IDTF, that provides the services and obtains reimbursements.

  8. We will ensure that your IDTF meets and exceeds these required standards of CMS to be certified by Medicare for reimbursements: {reference 42 C.F.R section 410.33(g)}

  • Operate its business in compliance with all applicable Federal and State licensure and regulatory requirements for the health and safety of patients.

  • Provides complete and accurate information on its enrollment application. Changes in ownership, changes of location, changes in general supervision, and adverse legal actions must be reported to the Medicare fee-for-service contractor on the Medicare enrollment application within 30 calendar days of the change. All other changes to the enrollment application must be reported within 90 calendar days.

  • Maintain a physical facility on an appropriate site. For this standard, a post office box, commercial mailbox, hotel or motel is not considered a suitable site. (i) The physical facility, including mobile units, must contain space for equipment appropriate to the services designated on the enrollment application, facilities for hand washing, adequate patient privacy accommodations, and the storage of both business records and current medical records within the office setting of the IDTF, or IDTF home office, not within the actual mobile unit. (ii) IDTF suppliers that provide services remotely and do not see beneficiaries at their practice location are exempt from providing hand washing and adequate patient privacy accommodations.

  • Have all relevant diagnostic testing equipment available at the physical site excluding portable diagnostic testing equipment. A catalog of portable diagnostic equipment, including diagnostic testing equipment serial numbers, must be maintained at the physical site. Also, portable diagnostic testing equipment must be available for inspection within two business days of a CMS inspection request. The IDTF must maintain a current inventory of the diagnostic testing equipment, including serial and registration numbers, provide this information to the designated fee-for-service contractor upon request, and notify the contractor of any changes in equipment within 90 days.

  • Maintain a primary business phone under the name of the designated business. The primary business phone must be located at the designated site of the business, or within the home office of the mobile IDTF units. The telephone number or toll-free numbers must be available in a local directory and through directory assistance.

  • Have a comprehensive liability insurance policy of at least $300,000 per location that covers both the place of business and all customers and employees of the IDTF. The policy must be carried by a non-relative owned company. Failure to maintain required insurance at all times will result in revocation of the IDTF’s billing privileges retroactive to the date the insurance lapsed. IDTF suppliers are responsible for providing the contact information for the issuing insurance agent and the underwriter. Also, the IDTF must –(i) Ensure that the insurance policy must remain in force at all times and provide coverage of at least $300,000 per incident; and (ii) Notify the CMS designated contractor in writing of any policy changes or cancellations.

  • Agree not to directly solicit patients, which include, but is not limited to, a prohibition on the telephone, computer, or in-person contacts. The IDTF must accept only those patients referred for diagnostic testing by an attending physician, who is furnishing a consultation or treating a beneficiary for a specific medical problem and who uses the results in the management of the beneficiary’s specific medical problem. Nonphysician practitioners may order tests as outlined in §410.32(a)(3).

  • Answer, document, and maintain documentation of a beneficiary’s written clinical complaint at the physical site of the IDTF (For mobile IDTFs, this documentation would be stored at their home office.) This includes, but is not limited to, the following: (i) The name, address, telephone number, and health insurance claim number of the beneficiary. (ii) The date the complaint was received; the name of the person receiving the complaint; and a summary of actions taken to resolve the complaint. (iii) If an investigation was not conducted, the name of the person making the decision and the reason for the decision.

  • Openly post these standards for review by patients and the public.

  • Disclose to the government any person having ownership, financial, or control interest or any other legal interest in the supplier at the time of enrollment or within 30 days of the change.

  • Have its testing equipment calibrated and maintained per equipment instructions and in compliance with applicable manufacturers suggested maintenance and calibration standards.

  • Have technical staff on duty with the appropriate credentials to perform tests. The IDTF must be able to produce the applicable Federal or State licenses or certifications of the individuals performing these services.

  • Have proper medical record storage and be able to retrieve medical records upon request from CMS or its fee-for-service contractor within two business days.

  • Permit CMS, including its agents, or its designated fee-for-service contractors, to conduct unannounced, on-site inspections to confirm the IDTF’s compliance with these standards. The IDTF must be accessible during regular business hours to CMS and beneficiaries and must maintain a visible signposting the normal business hours of the IDTF.

  • With the exception of hospital-based and mobile IDTFs, a fixed base IDTF does not include the following: (i) Sharing a practice location with another Medicare-enrolled individual or organization. (ii) Leasing or subleasing its operations or its practice location to another Medicare-enrolled individual or organization. (iii) Sharing diagnostic testing equipment using the initial diagnostic test with another Medicare-enrolled individual or organization. 16. Enrolls in Medicare for any diagnostic testing services that it furnishes to a Medicare beneficiary, regardless of whether the service is furnished in a mobile or fixed base location. 

Bills for all mobile diagnostic services that are furnished to a Medicare beneficiary, unless the mobile diagnostic service is part of a service provided under the arrangement as described in Section 1861(w)(1) of this act.

Healthcare Accreditation  Consultants, Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility Standards, Requirements, Billing, Rules, Regulations, Applications and More, We are Elite Accreditation providing IDTF Consultants for your successful Medicare Certification with CMS as a IDTF designated by CMS.


Elite Accreditation|IDTF Consultative Services:

Get expert advice on getting enrolled with your local Medicare Administrative Carrier (MAC) as an Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF). 

We ensure that you:


  • File a successful 855B

  • Credential qualified physician supervisors

  • Make sure your techs have the proper credentials with or without augmentation

  • Meet all today's 17 IDTF Performance Standards

  • Keep abreast of Performance Standard changes

  • Know your MAC's LCD's


IDTF Problem Resolution:

Application Denials
Requests for additional information
Claims rejections or denials
Compliance violations
Application Appeals

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CMS provides this great tool for those that want to know more about the IDTF designation and how it can help generate more revenues.

Troy Lair successfully passes the Medicare Certificate of Achievement

We have gone through the CMS training for IDTFs in order to serve the surveyors for the California Region, our certificate as evidence to this training with a score of 100%.

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