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By: George Wiley
Wilson Wong, MD, was there when teleradiology took off, almost 15 years ago. Back then, there was a radiologist shortage, and Wong saw a way to increase the efficiency of coverage and bring some relief to other radiologists who were laboring (as he was) under the constant burden of on-call night work. In 1997, Wong started a company called Teleradiology Diagnostic Service (TDS), Inc, to serve the Southern California market; soon, he and three or four radiologists were issuing nighttime preliminary reports for hospital and radiology-group clients, mostly for emergency-department work. “I started TDS because I was tired of taking call,” Wong says. “Imagine working all night, and then you have to work the next day—another full-time job.” It was more than a matter of ending night work for...
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By: Tom Blankenship; Jason Dinger; and Sheila Sferrella
While there have been significant changes in the imaging market over the past 20 years, we continue to witness sea changes within the sector, increasing pressure on operators, administrators, and...
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By: Kris Kyes
Nearly every radiology department or practice will be affected by accountable-care organizations (ACOs)—because even if it chooses not to become part of one or more ACOs, it will probably be...
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By: Howard Kessler, MD, and D. Scott Jones, CHC, LHRM
Many factors have contributed to radiology’s increasingly important role in our health-care system and to the specialty’s contributions to medicine. Demographics suggest that radiology will continue...
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By: Cheryl Proval
After a period of hypergrowth from 1994 to 1996, hospital mergers and acquisitions declined from a height of more than 450 transactions in 1996 to a mere 50 in 2009. John Reiboldt, managing director...
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By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Health-care providers today have a heightened interest in streamlining operations and reducing capital outlays to maintain or improve margins. In an increasing number of cases, cloud-based solutions...
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By: Cheryl Proval
If at first you don’t succeed, then go ahead and fail, but do it intelligently. Failure, in fact, not only should be dissected and analyzed, but should be planned for—and, if done well, celebrated....
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By: David F. Hayes, MD
As a manifestation of their core DNA, physicians dislike being led. As a corollary, physicians dislike, to a greater or lesser extent, their leader, particularly those leaders actually empowered to...
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By: Amit Mehta, MD
This is the final article in a series of three providing a primer for radiologists and imaging professionals interested in clinical trials.
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By: Cheryl Proval
The idea is at once simple and profound: An entirely new health-care provider, given incentives by the Medicare Shared Savings Program to defragment health-care delivery, improve quality and...
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Do not underestimate the importance of physical and administrative safeguards when securing patient data. According to Adam Greene, JD, MPH, attorney with the US DHHS Office of Civil Rights, 66% of...
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By: Thomas W. Greeson, JD, Esq, and Paul W. Pitts, J
It is a daunting task to understand and stay current with the various Medicare rules that have an impact on the delivery of radiology and imaging services. The fast-approaching effective date for...
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
It was interesting recent announcements¹,² from Google (Mountain View, California) that got me thinking about our similarities. Google’s new ranking system was not universally endorsed, especially...