You are here

Quality

 

Implementing structured reporting templates has helped an academic radiology department increase its collective use of the clear and definitive term normal. However, use of the fuzzier term unremarkable also went up, suggesting more training may be in order.

Radiology’s shift to value-based care has providers considering even the smallest details related to the patient experience. A recent study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, however, shows that radiology residents are not being trained on the proper way to communicate exam results to patients.

Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns led a team of researchers who found that when using fMRI to scan canine candidates to assist people with disabilities, images would help predict which dogs would be unfit for a rigorous service training program.

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.

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. 

 

Recent Headlines

Structured reporting increases ‘normal’—but ‘unremarkable’ persists

Implementing structured reporting templates has helped an academic radiology department increase its collective use of the clear and definitive term normal. However, use of the fuzzier term unremarkable also went up, suggesting more training may be in order.

Greasing radiologist/referring physician communication leads to better reads

Smoothing barriers impeding radiologist/referring physician communication can better care through improved timeliness and more nuanced interpretations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. For the University of Texas Health Science Center, this meant building a communication tool within PACS and assigning clerical staff to troubleshoot the system, rather than leaving radiologists to figure it out on their own.

Radiology residents lack training in how to communicate results to patients

Radiology’s shift to value-based care has providers considering even the smallest details related to the patient experience. A recent study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, however, shows that radiology residents are not being trained on the proper way to communicate exam results to patients.

fMRI used to predict dogs not fit for service training

Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns led a team of researchers who found that when using fMRI to scan canine candidates to assist people with disabilities, images would help predict which dogs would be unfit for a rigorous service training program.

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.

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.

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. 

Rad report grading systems: The quality metric of tomorrow or a step too far?

In the Journal of the American College of Radiology, author Richard E. Heller III, MD, MBA, recently concluded an article by saying radiology needs a “new and gradable standard” for written radiology reports. Is this a good idea? A bad one?

Catch colonoscopy complications with CT—not radiography

While complications from optical colonoscopy occur in less than 1 in 100 cases, the effects can be devastating: bleeding, infection, even death. In the rare case that a serious complication occurs, radiology administrators can ensure rapid diagnosis by prioritizing CT over abdominal radiography, according to a study published in JACR.

Utilization-management program points out positives of radiologist involvement

When radiologists collaborate with referring physicians to proactively manage imaging utilization, the participation of the radiologist has more weight tipping the scale toward success than does the specialty of the referrer. And the rad’s input has the greatest impact on primary care physicians who are heavy orderers of imaging exams.

Pages