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October/November 2014

By: Lena Kauffman

As medicine moves from fee-for-service reimbursement into newer models that aim to reward quality of care over quantity, the issue of what quality looks like in radiology and, even more importantly, what it is worth in contract negotiations is becoming a critical one. Hospitals and healthcare systems facing their own issues with quantifying quality of care for newer outcome-based reimbursement models are starting to look for similar data from the groups they contract with.

Yet, even as interest in measurable quality of care grows, it is challenging to make a case that radiology-specific quality measures should be financially rewarded if they are high, or conversely, penalized if they are low. The connection between fast and accurate diagnostic imaging results and superior...

Editorial
By: Cheryl Proval
As you define, measure, and innovate value in radiology, be sure to innovate value capture as well
Features
By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Three organizations address the common problems of variation in protocols, the reporting of incidental findings, and radiation dose.
Editorial
By: Ethan B. Foxman, MD
Immediate opportunities exist in radiology to reduce cost, raise quality, and improve value.
Features
By: Lisa A. Laurent, MD, MBA
Turning a radiology department into a high reliability organization requires leadership, teamwork, and a culture of safety.
Features
By: Dave Pearson
Many businesses do well at creating value, offering customers goods and services that both whet and satisfy an appetite for consumption.
Features
By: Cynthia Keen
Imaging informatics finds a new frontier in clinical quality improvement.
Features
By: Cheryl Proval
If Kevin McEnery, MD, has one message for radiology, it is this: To improve service within the radiology department, you must have access to data from outside the radiology department.
Workflow. Efficiency. The terms are bounced around every day in healthcare. But when it comes to the productivity and profitability of your radiologists and the department as a whole, the right PACS...
The numbers are in, and they add up to a fire hose of data pushing Medicare to cover low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer in all beneficiaries who are at high risk. 
How Rad Groups are Joining Forces to Fortify Business: By collaborating instead of competing, radiology groups can leverage the power of their combined resources and data to speak...