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Practice Management

 

A study recently published in Journal of the American College of Radiology tested to evaluate if patient data provided by electronic medical records (EMRs) can help radiologists predict the probability of patients failing to show up to imaging appointments. 

The percentage of women interested or working in diagnostic radiology (DR) remains stagnant. The most recent statistic of women participating in DR was 26.9 percent in 2013, compared to 25.5 percent in 1990. 

Structured reporting in radiology has its detractors, but few would argue against the proposition that the days are numbered for traditional free-text narrative reports. The latter vary too much in language, length and style to consistently aid referring physicians making care decisions—a potentially serious demerit in the “prove your value” care era—while structured reporting offers a way to improve on not only consistency and actionability but also profession-wide quality.

Health Imaging caught up with Christie James, MS, president-elect of the Radiology Business Management Association, at last Friday’s annual meeting of RBMA’s New England Chapter in Somerville, Mass. James, whose fulltime job is operations manager of radiology revenue cycle management for the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, begins her 2018–19 tenure next April.

The disconnect over CT radiation discussions between emergency-room providers and the patients they serve may be wider than expected in the Image Wisely era. At one site, a new survey has shown that more than three-quarters of providers thought they’d routinely discussed radiation doses with CT patients—while fewer than one-quarter of patients said they’d been so informed.

 

Recent Headlines

Big benefits by radiologist review of—and consultation over—imaging orders

Giving radiologists more of a say in accepting, rejecting or changing referrers’ high-end imaging orders can significantly lift patient safety, cut costs and right-size resource allocation, according to a study conducted at Wilmington, Del.-based Christiana Care Health System and published online June 18 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Will fewer healthcare metrics lead to fewer provider headaches?

Health systems have been asked to keep track of thousands of different healthcare metrics over the years. It can be difficult, time-consuming work, and it’s certainly not cheap. But according to a research article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology by Michael J. Pentecost, MD, of Magellan Health, some work has been done to relieve this pressure. 

Radiology board moves ahead with pilot replacement of 10-year MOC exam

Following the American Board of Radiology’s May 18 announcement that it is working to replace the existing maintenance of certification (MOC) rule—by which board-certified radiologists must take an exam every 10 years or forfeit their certification—the organization has posted a helpful FAQ page.

Few advanced cancer patients fully understand terminal prognosis, study finds

Only 5 percent of terminally ill cancer patients reported having a complete understanding of their prognosis in a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

ASTRO opens registration for September annual meeting

Registration has opened for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)’s 58th Annual Meeting, featuring scientific and educational presentations on radiation oncology clinical trials and research and special keynote addresses.

CT overtakes radiography as preferred method for detecting cervical spine issues in the ED

An analysis of Medicare claims data found that the utilization rate of cervical spine imaging in emergency departments more than tripled from 1994 to 2012.

Mobius3D quality assurance software receives FDA clearance

Mobius Medical Systems has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Mobius3D quality assurance software.

Educational simulation brings improved radiology acumen to medical students

An educational simulation portal integrated with clinical decision support (CDS) at point-of-order improves medical students’ test scores and should be considered for inclusion in undergraduate medical education curricula, according to results of a study recently published in the journal Academic Radiology.

Federal bill would put an end to in-office radiology self-referrals

Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. congress would end an in-office exemption pertaining to anti-self referral laws for diagnostic imaging services.

Better with time: Randomized controlled trials on the rise in rad research, but still room for improvement

Both the quality and quantity of radiologic randomized controlled trials has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, according to results of a new study published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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