Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
According to a study profiled in Monday’s Daily Briefing, physicians who could see the prices of common imaging exams were no less likely to order them.
For this year’s Imaging Performance Partnership research, we’ve spoken with many of you about utilization management. Changing payment environments necessitate decreased utilization, but there is no easy fix.
This study reinforces our belief that utilization management efforts must extend beyond simple measures like price transparency to more complex evaluations of ordering guidelines. In fact, the best solutions may involve clinical decision support systems that encompass appropriateness in conjunction with downstream cost and outcomes information.
In case you missed it: price transparency does not affect utilization
Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership
Earlier this month, we attended the ACR’s two-day summit on Imaging Informatics and the National Radiology Data Registries. Both days featured lively discussion on the need to define, track, and progress radiology quality.
We’ve distilled three main takeaways from the meeting for imaging leaders.
Performance benchmarking: Three lessons from the ACR Imaging Informatics Summit
Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
As imaging news site AuntMinnie.com reports in a recent article, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has decided to commercialize the evidence-based appropriateness guidelines it began publishing almost two decades ago. The organization is aiming to make its ACR Appropriateness Criteria into a national standard for ordering physicians.
It recently entered into an exclusive agency agreement with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC), and will name the product "ACR Select." The NDSC has agreed to provide HER vendors with the technical platform, support, and licensing of the product so it can be incorporated into computerized physician order-entry systems (CPOE).
The ACR Appropriateness Criteria encompasses over 1,380 topics and 614 variant conditions to help physicians understand which imaging procedures to order and when they are necessary. The database of guidelines is constantly updated by a panel of around 300 volunteer physicians, divided into 20 specialty panels, embodying over 20 organizations.
Commercializing national standards: The details behind the decision