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Virtual second opinion website appeals to patient preferences

by Solomon Banjo November 14, 2014

In the final rule released in October 2014, CMS decided against reimbursement for secondary interpretations of images, but despite this development, some have been using the second opinion concept to appeal to patient preferences.

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Will you be celebrating radiology tomorrow?

by Erin Lane November 7, 2014

Looking for something to do this weekend besides eating leftover Halloween candy? Join the Imaging Performance Partnership in celebrating the third annual International Day of Radiology this Saturday, November 8.

This event, created to showcase the vital role radiology plays in improving health care through medical research, celebrates the value radiology provides in health care delivery. This year’s theme is brain imaging, to highlight the ways imaging aids in the detection and treatment of brain diseases and injuries.

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How to write radiology reports that patients can understand

by Sarah Hostetter October 7, 2014

As health care trends towards transparency and patient-centered care, patients are receiving more direct access to their medical records, including radiology reports.

In response, some radiologists are advocating for reports that are directed to and easily accessible by patients, which can have benefits not only for patients, but also for radiologists, radiology departments and even entire health systems.

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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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