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August/September 2012

By: Greg Thompson
What, exactly, do patients, employers, and insurers want from radiology? All too frequently, the answer is more expertise, at a lower price. This familiar tug of war between payors and providers continues to reverberate throughout the health-care community. While a resolution is not likely soon, more understanding among all parties can help smooth the road ahead. In the case of insurance companies and physicians, the relationship has rarely been harmonious, largely due to different notions of what constitutes quality. When AmeriHealth NJ and Radcon signed a three-year contract in July 2012, their leaders attempted to address this conflict, right from the start. The agreement includes a quality initiative to improve patient care by making health care more patient centered, reliable...
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By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Practices, imaging centers, and hospital radiology departments continue to keep an eye on expanding their service lines and market reach. In part, this expansion is an effort to counteract the...
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By: Thanh Le
In a landscape growing increasingly concerned with cost, quality, and results, strong leaders are needed to pave a path for the future of health care. Conventional wisdom dictates that leaders are...
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By: Cheryl Proval
Despite serious reimbursement pressure, the imaging-center market appears to be on the move again, adding 131 sites as of the first quarter of 2012. While this year’s expansion does not approach the...
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By: Matthew Skoufalos
One of the leaders driving low-dose, high-quality pediatric imaging is the multisociety advocacy group Image Gently®. When the FDA¹ issued a draft guidance document for imaging-equipment...
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By: Kris Kyes and Thanh Le
On May 22, “Imaging and Accountability: Imaging’s Role in the Integrated Health Network” was presented at the RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit in Orlando, Florida. This discussion has been excerpted from...
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By: Cheryl Proval
Engage in scenario planning to prepare for the changes ahead, Frank Lexa, MD, MBA, says. Lexa identifies six incontrovertible challenges that drove the adoption of health-care reform (and another...
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By: Cheryl Proval
August is the sweetest month. The Pacific Ocean is finally warm enough to swim in, the tomatoes are ripening faster than I can eat them, and I give myself permission to slow down a bit and to spend...
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By: Staff Writer
Physician groups figure prominently among 88 new accountable-care organizations (ACOs) added to the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s participants on July 1, 2012. With the latest announcement from...
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By: Howard Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR
Readers of this journal tend to be interested in the business of radiology. We recognize the priority of having efficient and effective practices, whatever future health-care environment evolves....
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
The rhetoric has been pretty hot as the presidential candidates face off in the final sprint to the finish line. Much of the discussion concerns the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but...