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Where do radiologists fit in the new health care environment?

by Solomon Banjo October 1, 2014

Hospitals and physician groups have consolidated at the national level in response to the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We frequently receive questions from our members asking where radiologists fit into this new landscape.

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Three ways radiology groups can be more proactive about utilization management

by Krista Teske September 24, 2014

New legislation, such as CMS’s newest clinical decision support legislation and utilization transparency initiatives like the Choosing Wisely campaign have put imaging utilization management in the limelight. In response many radiology groups are thinking more strategically about their approach towards imaging appropriateness. Progressive radiology groups are investing in three key initiatives.

Related: Are you Choosing Wisely?

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Want to engage your radiologists? Try these four tactics.

by Ben Lauing September 8, 2014

A report from Medscape this year puts radiologist engagement at only 51%. When the report asked physicians if they’d choose medicine again, only 45% of radiologists responded positively—that places radiology 13 percentage points below the average and third to last on the list of 25 specialties surveyed.

Imaging programs simply can’t succeed in the new health care economy without engaged radiologists. Whether it’s reading productivity, report turnaround time, exam appropriateness, or even management responsibilities, we need radiologists to perform at the top of their games.

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Leading through alignment at Henry Ford Radiology

by Ben Lauing June 25, 2014

After many acquisitions at Henry Ford Health System, radiology leaders recognized the importance of alignment. They acknowledged that the transition from volumes to value will necessitate the absolute highest standard of quality at all sites, and because the new sites hadn’t yet been formally integrated into the system, radiology took swift action to jump start these goals.

The leaders set out to identify and implement best practices across system imaging sites. In the words of the system radiology director, “if it has a blue sign on it, we should all be doing the same thing.”

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Member asks: How long should I store digital images?

February 28, 2014  | Comments (2)

Nick Bartz and Natalie McGarry, Imaging Performance Partnership

We’ve received a number of member questions regarding how long radiology departments are required to store images. Read on to learn what regulation exists, and what your peers are doing in practice.


Federal and state requirements for imaging storage

In the Code of Federal Regulations, 42 CFR 482.26(d), the condition for participation regarding radiologic services states that hospitals are required to retain imaging report copies and printouts, films, scans, and other radiologic services image records for five years.

Some states follow federal regulations, but many require that providers store images for several years longer, or have stricter standards for minors. You can find the regulatory rules in your state with this table, written by the American Healthcare Information Management Association.

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Joint Commission revises imaging standards

February 3, 2014

Natalie McGarry, Imaging Performance Partnership

The Joint Commission has announced a two part rollout of revised imaging standards set to take effect in July 2014 and 2015. Read on to learn about the revisions, including new minimum competency requirements for technologists and radiation dose documentation.

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Why is radiology IT growing so slowly?

January 23, 2014

Kenneth Kleinberg, Imaging Performance Partnership

Is the radiology IT market stagnating? In this post, we discuss how radiology fits with general health care industry IT demand and how radiology specific market forces are contributing to lackluster purchasing.

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Early results from the 2013 turnaround time survey

December 9, 2013

Solomon Banjo, Imaging Performance Partnership

With only a week left to participate in our 2013 Imaging Turnaround Time Survey, we took a sneak peek at some of the data. On the outpatient side, providers must provide a quality patient experience. For imaging, that often means competing on convenience, which includes reducing wait times as much as possible. However, many providers often wonder just how short wait times need to be to rise above their peers.

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