Radiologists can benefit from participating in episodic payment models—even those that aren’t radiology-focused. Capitalizing on opportunities to provide imaging during care episodes can push radiologists over the threshold for the positive payment adjustments that come with meeting the criteria for Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) participation.

Ensuring patients receive appropriate follow-up imaging after suspicious findings on mammography or other cancer screening is notoriously difficult: about one-third of US women who are surgically treated for breast cancer never undergo their follow-up, slipping through the cracks. Faculty and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recognized the need for a reliable monitoring system to guarantee patients receive their clinically-indicated follow-up, creating an automated recommendation-tracking program to identify patients with suspicious lesions on abdominal organs and notify the appropriate care providers.

Radiologist Salvatore V. Raccuia, MD, has been appointed Director of Breast and Women’s Imaging at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network in New York.

Imaging utilization in the U.S. varies more at the county level than at the state level, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In addition, researchers found poor ratings in economic measures, such as income and insurance coverage, independently correlated with higher imaging utilization—the opposite of what they expected.

Serving Southern Connecticut for more than 110 years, Advanced Radiology Consultants is expanding their services with their opening of a new imaging center in Wilton, which is the company’s eighth imaging center.