Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program

Penn Medicine has applied in 2018 to become a qualified provider-led entity (qPLE) as defined in 42 CFR 414.94 paragraph (b): it is an organization comprised primarily of providers and practitioners who predominantly provide direct patient care. Penn Medicine includes more than 5,300 faculty physicians, 8,100 nurses, and 1,300 physicians in training who provide care for patients through 1.2 million radiology procedures, 3.7 million outpatient visits, 304,000 emergency department visits, and 117,000 inpatient admissions annually. U.S. News & World Report ranks our flagship medical center in the Top 10 nationally, and all five Penn Medicine acute-care hospitals are ranked among the top 15 in Pennsylvania.

Penn Medicine satisfies the criteria for a qualified PLE as specified in 42 CFR 414.94 paragraph (c) with the following:

  1. Led by a multidisciplinary team
  2. Management of conflicts of interest
  3. Formal topic development process
  4. Formal evidentiary review process
  5. Publication of the Appropriate Use Criteria
  6. Public comment form