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“Radiologists have been talking about the value paradigm for a number of years,” says Jonathan B. Kruskal, MD, PhD, FACR, chairman, department of radiology and radiologist-in-chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and chair of the American College of Radiology’s Quality Management Committee. “It is way past due that all radiologists embrace every component of this new reality of our world.” 

According to Kruskal, the elements of value that a service provides are broken down into the value equation, which links quality, appropriateness and outcomes “inversely to cost.” In practical terms, radiologists need to approach the way that they manage measurements obtained when evaluating the quality of services that they provide. “This also means that we all must embrace...

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