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Radiologists have minimal direct contact with patients, but steps within the industry are being taken to change that.

When patients go online for information on breast cancer and mammography, what do they want to know? A team of researchers from New York University Langone Hospital in Brooklyn and the department of radiology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City examined this very question, publishing findings in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Approximately 140 million women around the world rely on hormonal contraception. According to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the use of such contraceptives can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

American sociologist George Ritzer believes our society and culture are moving toward “McDonaldization”—meaning institutions and organizations are adapting characteristics like those of fast food chains.

Radiologists are no longer only the diagnostician’s doctor. With increased transparency in healthcare, patients are provided with greater access to their radiology reports. Patients are taking an active role in their health—and a flash drive of images from their radiologist simply is not good enough.

 

Recent Headlines

Radiology’s ACO Play: Get in the Game—Now

The ACO, a relatively new concept that met with great skepticism when it appeared in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now ranks at the top of the conversation-starter list in the radiology community. Imaging providers have debated whether it is necessary for them to engage with these entities, and, if they do, what roles they would play. The current consensus not only is that radiology cannot afford to ignore the ACO model, but also that a strategic approach must be followed if providers are to assume their positions successfully under the ACO umbrella.

The ACO Around the Corner

Perhaps because they don’t hang a sign out front, they aren’t located in one place, and they are (in a sense) virtual, accountable-care organizations (ACOs) have quietly blanketed nearly half the nation

Value-added Radiology, Defined

If on-site radiologists want to distinguish themselves from other image-reading specialists or teleradiologists, they must be more than image readers, according to Vijay Rao, MD, David C. Levin professor and radiology chair at Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). On December 1, 2011, she presented “Value-added Services of

Radiology’s Role in a Defragmented System: The Hoag Experience

In recent years, health-care reform (in all its guises) has spurred providers to investigate new methods and models for delivering services to inpatients and outpatients alike. Some do not affect radiology, but others have major ramifications for the way that imaging is delivered, managed, and paid for, as well as for the integration of radiology

Best Practices: How the RBMs Score

Growth in imaging utilization has led prior authorization (a 1980s health-plan strategy) to be applied to advanced imaging services. RBMs have developed increasingly complex programs to reduce imaging expenses through utilization management, credentialing, channeling to lower-cost providers, and network contracting.

Sharks in the Case Pool: Teleradiology, the Practice, and the Purveyor

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.

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