Change Healthcare is acquiring National Decision Support Company, the products of which help providers deliver medical guidelines to the point of care through electronic health records systems.

One of NDSC’s key products is CareSelect Imaging, which delivers evidence-based guidelines to clinicians through a distribution agreement with the American College of Radiology. Bringing decision support to physicians is important because clinicians will to check with decision support guidelines to meet federal mandates that require them to consult Appropriate Use Criteria to justify outpatient imaging procedures for Medicare beneficiaries. Starting in 2020, providers who conduct the imaging studies must document that consultation in order to receive reimbursement.

Change Healthcare executives say the addition of NDSC accelerates the company’s efforts to leverage evidence-based clinical information and next-generation technologies to reduce cost and help ensure appropriate care.

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"With NDSC, we've added strategic capabilities to accelerate our product roadmap and increase the value we provide to healthcare stakeholders," said Neil de Crescenzo, president and chief executive officer of Change Healthcare. "NDSC puts clinical intelligence in the hands of physicians and other clinicians as they are delivering care (so they) can make decisions that lead to better patient outcomes, improve efficiency and optimize care paths based on world-class clinical expertise."

NDSC also has CareSelect Choosing Wisely, founded on the American Board of Internal Medicine's highly regarded Choosing Wisely Initiative, and CareSelect Lab, based on a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. NDSC says its customer base includes more than 500 provider organizations.

The NDSC team will continue to operate from its offices in Madison, Wis. The NDSC acquisition also accelerates the expansion of Change Healthcare's operations in Madison through the planned addition of other company operations there.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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