Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
One of our members recently asked us about communicating incidental findings to referring physicians. As many of you have raised this topic, I thought I would share a few case studies we’ve uncovered during our research on quality in imaging.
Three tactics to improve physician comprehension of incidental findings
Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership
Two weeks ago, our colleagues in the Technology Insights program braved the Chicago weather to attend this year’s RSNA meeting. They sent dispatches back to their blog, The Pipeline, as our team featured some major research announced over the course of the week.
Now that the dust has settled, we’ve compiled some highlights from the coverage – but for the full effect, you’ll want to register for the webconference on December 11.
2012 RSNA round-up: Our best coverage from the week
Just a week after CMS began its three year demonstration to examine the effect of clinical decision support on diagnostic imaging utilization, an unrelated study published in this month's Journal of the American College of Radiology provides some new evidence of significant reductions in imaging utilization due to targeted clinical decision support. The authors analyzed seven years of claims data from Virginia Mason Medical Center, who implemented decision support in 2004 for three highly utilized, high-cost imaging procedures. They found that in the years immediately following decision support implementation, utilization rates1 of lumbar MRIs for lower back pain decreased by 23.4%, head MRIs for headaches decreased by 23.2% and sinus CTs for sinusitis decreased by 26.8%.
Positive Results for Clinical Decision Support in Curbing Inappropriate Imaging