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Your New Year's resolution: Learn fresh ways to demonstrate imaging's value from 5 of your peers

by Erin Lane

2016 was a year to remember: health systems underwent significant consolidation, took on greater payment risk, and saw details emerge for MACRA. To top it all off, the presidential election has brought an unprecedented level of uncertainty to health care.

Between reimbursement cuts and utilization scrutiny under risk-based payment, imaging risks being viewed as a commodity to health systems and a cost burden to patients. To ensure that imaging is seen as a vital component of the care delivery system, programs must demonstrate radiology’s value to these stakeholders.

But how? Progressive imaging programs innovate their value proposition to stakeholders by tuning in to their needs and designing or elevating relevant services that yield measurable outcomes. To kickstart your thinking, we’ve highlighted our five blogs profiling radiology groups and imaging programs that did just that:

1. 3 years later: Catching up with Lahey's lung screening program
Lahey Hospitals and Medical Center’s Rescue Lung, Rescue Life program is a pioneer in lung cancer screening, with nearly 70% of cancers diagnosed at stage 1, and less than 10% at stage 4. Read on to learn about the program, its biggest challenges, and where it’s headed.

2. How radiologists make great neighbors for Brigham and Women's medical home
Radiologists have long served as the "doctor’s doctor," providing guidance to PCPs on image ordering and follow-up care. As patient-centered medical neighborhoods become more prevalent, so will this role—that’s why Brigham and Women’s created a radiologist consultation program targeted at primary care.

3. What Children's Healthcare of Atlanta wants you to know about interventional radiology
In this week’s interventional radiology (IR) post, we sat down with the director of Atlanta’s only pediatric IR program. Read on to get his take on what sets pediatric IR programs apart from traditional programs, and the role of telemedicine in IR.

4. Better together: How one radiology group improved care, collaboration for hospital partners
Improving information exchange can be especially challenging for radiology since most organizations operate with fractured PACS infrastructures. Find out how Radiology Associates P.C. in Oregon was able to overcome this challenge for its entire region through the use of a community PACS.

5. Columbus Radiology's road from A to A+ in turnaround time performance
For some imaging providers, being in the 90th percentile for turnaround time (TAT) would be good enough. For Columbus Radiology, leaders wouldn’t rest until they met their ER goal of 95% of scans read in under 30 minutes, putting the organization at the 95th percentile.

For more ideas on measuring imaging’s value, look out for our 2017 National Meeting. We will be sharing our latest research on quality in diagnostic imaging, strategy for interventional radiology programs, and patient safety. Stay tuned, and let us know if you have any questions or would like to participate in the research.

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