Eric Bushlow, Imaging Performance Partnership
Throughout my research on imaging quality performance, I have spoken with some progressive organizations that encourage radiologists to deliver clinical findings directly to patients, citing reductions in patient anxiety and increases in patient satisfaction—as well as the desire to make radiologists more visible outside the reading room.
However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that 95% of PCPs surveyed preferred to deliver results themselves and none wanted radiologists to deliver clinical findings.
Study finds PCPs object to radiologist-delivered imaging results—do patients agree?
Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
The future of radiology is a salient and often worrisome issue, and radiology’s transition into the accountable care era demands an evaluation of effective practice models. In one such evaluation published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the ACR Future Trends Committee examines the potential advantages and risks inherent in the hospital employment model for radiology.
Employing radiologists: Key factors to consider
Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
A report last week from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the nonpartisan investigatory and auditing agency for Congress, found that in 2010 providers for advanced imaging services made close to 400,000 more referrals than they otherwise would have if they had not held a financial interest in the imaging equipment.
Self-referrals in advanced imaging services costing Medicare millions