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While designed to flag threats to patient safety, hospitals’ incident reporting systems can do double duty as monitors of conflicts between healthcare workers, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in PLoS One.

Citing recent studies that have shown workplace bullying is all too common in radiology and radiation oncology, three members of American College of Radiology (ACR)’s human resources commission are suggesting steps to cut off the problem at its root. 

Patients readily assimilate information on radiation risks in medical imaging when the facts are presented interactively and online. In fact, in a new study, the electronic medium beat printed materials at helping patients understand ionizing radiation, know which imaging modalities use it—and even correctly rank the modalities by the relative radiation amounts each one emits. 

A study of lead shields used during x-ray and fluoroscopy procedures at an academic medical center in New York City showed that nearly two-thirds of the shields had detectable lead dust on the surface. The finding has prompted the study authors to urge all imaging departments and centers to switch to lead-free shielding materials. 

It’s official: The reporting window for MACRA has begun. While CMS has eased the reporting requirements for 2017, calling it a transition year, practices aiming for full participation still need to report all of the required measurements for a continuous period of at least 90 days. In fact, groups looking to maximize their chances of a positive adjustment should report as much data as possible, according to CMS.

 

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Hospital researchers propose using safety reports to track workplace run-ins

While designed to flag threats to patient safety, hospitals’ incident reporting systems can do double duty as monitors of conflicts between healthcare workers, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in PLoS One.

6 actions radiology leaders can take to help banish bullying

Citing recent studies that have shown workplace bullying is all too common in radiology and radiation oncology, three members of American College of Radiology (ACR)’s human resources commission are suggesting steps to cut off the problem at its root. 

Online bests print at informing patients on imaging radiation—but neither shines at busting a certain myth

Patients readily assimilate information on radiation risks in medical imaging when the facts are presented interactively and online. In fact, in a new study, the electronic medium beat printed materials at helping patients understand ionizing radiation, know which imaging modalities use it—and even correctly rank the modalities by the relative radiation amounts each one emits. 

Lead aprons block radiation exposure all right, but they also invite lead poisoning

A study of lead shields used during x-ray and fluoroscopy procedures at an academic medical center in New York City showed that nearly two-thirds of the shields had detectable lead dust on the surface. The finding has prompted the study authors to urge all imaging departments and centers to switch to lead-free shielding materials. 

Self-examination is crucial before making drastic MACRA-related changes

It’s official: The reporting window for MACRA has begun. While CMS has eased the reporting requirements for 2017, calling it a transition year, practices aiming for full participation still need to report all of the required measurements for a continuous period of at least 90 days. In fact, groups looking to maximize their chances of a positive adjustment should report as much data as possible, according to CMS.

Group working steadily to increase the visibility—and number—of women in radiology

Female radiologists have made strides increasing their presence and visibility over the 35 years since the 1981 founding of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). However, their numbers continue to lag far behind those of their male counterparts, especially in leadership positions. 

How to track inconsistencies in CT protocol usage

The CT Protocol team at the University of Wisconsin have created a methodology for measuring organizational adherence to standardized CT protocols, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Based on finding outliers in a large pool of scanning data, the workflows can be scaled to any size practice and are intended to help imaging centers identify problems.

5 tips for rolling patient-centered care into radiology

Radiology departments and practices can incorporate principles of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) into clinical operations without hampering productivity. Every upgrade to radiology equipment and environment represents a new opportunity to engage patients and their families. And PFCC is “a collaborative process—a journey, not a destination.” 

Imaging leaders can't let pushback stop them from improving quality

I attended a lot of great presentations at RSNA 2016 in Chicago, but the one by Paul J. Chang, MD, on Nov. 28 had perhaps the biggest impact on me. 

Heavy overnight shifting takes a toll on emergency rads, although some prefer its payoffs

Emergency radiologists who work lots of overnight shifts and/or shifts longer than nine hours tend to feel less healthy, closer to burnout and more dissatisfied with their work than emergency rads who have more humane schedules, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

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