Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
A mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for "patient-centered outcomes research" to evaluate comparative effectiveness of clinical treatments and services. To carry out the mandate, Congress established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to scientifically evaluate quality and value of care and to develop strategies for effective utilization of the research findings in clinical decision making.
Legislation dictates an emphasis on quality, yet imaging professionals are still deciphering what that means for the field of radiology. A recent article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology seeks to define quality measures in imaging and suggests the implications of these quality measurements for radiology moving forward.
Patient-centered outcomes: Measuring quality and proving value in imaging
Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
Acknowledging the unsustainable rate of health care spending growth in the U.S., Drs. Christoph Lee of UCLA and University of Washington and Dieter Enzmann of UCLA recently wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology that imaging departments will need to demonstrate their value in the greater accountable care system by emphasizing not only money saved, but time as well.
Something to brag about: Time and money savings in imaging
Emily Hague, Imaging Performance Partnership
As the risks of radiation become more known and widely publicized, reducing exposure and managing the associated risks have become top priorities for many radiologists. A recently published review in the Journal of the American College of Radiology assessed several methods of using estimated cumulative dose data for these purposes.
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