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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

Study: One-third of radiology recommendations go unacknowledged

In response to a September 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine detailing diagnostic errors in healthcare, including unacknowledged radiology recommendations, researchers from Boston University decided to see just how pervasive the problem was within their institution.

How radiologists can lead the way in healthcare quality improvement

When quality improvement efforts at the Baylor College of Medicine stalled out in 2013 due to multiple staffing disruptions and a general lack of coordination, it was a radiologist who took the challenge head-on.

Reining in recalls: Curbing excessive imaging by correcting human error

Improved training for radiology technologists, particularly regarding proper administration and communication involving MRI procedures, could help reduce patient recall for repeat examinations and prevent imaging overutilization, according to results of a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

In-person meetings between radiologists, surgeons have impact on patient care

In-person collaboration between radiologists and acute care surgeons can lead to changes in patient management, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The number of radiology journals—and their impact on healthcare—is on the rise

As the total amount of radiological research journals escalates, new publications in emerging subspecialty areas are growing in influence as well, according to an analysis of impact trends in radiological literature recently published online in Academic Radiology.

Q&A: Why does radiology need to be taking risks now?

The radiology practice or department hoping to hide from the market and regulatory forces currently reshaping all of U.S. healthcare is in a bad place: Lacking a strategy for survival will soon mean having slim chances for success.

FDA approves alternative mammography quality assurance program

An alternative digital full-field mammography quality assurance program has been cleared for use nationwide, according to an announcement from the FDA. 

Radiologist champions the ‘value of uncertainty’ in imaging reports

In an effort to reduce vague and ambiguous language in radiology reporting, some within the profession recently have pushed for the elimination of specific phrases that denote uncertainty. But uncertainty can sometimes be a necessity, according to a recent commentary published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

AHRQ director Richard Kronick announces resignation

Richard Kronick, PhD, has announced that he is stepping away from his position as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality.

Quality vs. quantity: Article publication and citation rates in radiology journals

Radiology journals tend to publish more articles in content categories associated with lower citation frequencies, and therefore less potential impact on human health and the advancement of the practice of medicine, according to study results published online in the journal Academic Radiology.

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