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August/September 2013

By: George Wiley

Today’s radiology dashboards let you know how your department or practice is running. They chart patient flow; report-turnaround times; critical-results reporting; and dozens of other data points that reflect cost, efficiency, productivity, and (sometimes) effectiveness. One of the primary goals of these dashboards is to support quality improvement, as CMS and other payors begin to link payment to performance—and to define performance using quality measurements. Yvonne Y. Cheung, MD, MS, holds quality-improvement black-belt certification from the American Society for Quality. Cheung, a musculoskeletal radiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, New Hampshire), holds dual associate professorships in radiology and orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of...

Features
By: Cheryl Proval
As Ezequiel Silva III, MD, makes perfectly clear in his guest editorial in this issue, the entire continuum of radiology delivery services is inches away from getting slammed—again. The root of...
Features
By: Cynthia E. Keen
When hospital executives express dissatisfaction with professional radiology services, local radiology practices should put on their nimble-response shoes and communicate. If they don’t, national...
Features
By: Cheryl Proval
Persistent decreases in outpatient imaging reimbursement and a dramatic decline in volume finally took their toll on the imaging-center market, with a resulting 3.65% decline in the total number of...
Features
By: Cheryl Proval
With more than 800 active health IT applications to maintain, Bill Russell has no time for distractions. The senior vice president and CIO of St Joseph Health—a nonprofit integrated health-care...
Features
By: Rich Smith
Alignment increasingly occupies the thoughts of health-care stakeholders—insurers, legislators, and regulators, but especially hospitals and physician groups. Because alignment sets the stage for...
Features
By: Ezequiel Silva III, MD
CMS proposes paying hospitals the same amount for a head CT exam as for a skull radiograph in 2014.