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Supply-side factors such as the number of mammography facilities and the number of breast imaging specialists are weakly associated with county-level Medicare beneficiary screening mammography rates, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.

If preoperative MR imaging reveals the presence of peritumoral edema in a patient with invasive breast cancer, it could be a sign of disease recurrence later on, according to new research published in Radiology.

Before artificial intelligence entered the picture, the biggest topic in radiology was the industry’s ongoing shift from volume-based care to value-based care. And from time to time, I’ll notice a particular story, statement or study that reminds me of that shift—an example of radiologists going that extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their patients—and think, “now that is what people had in mind when they talked about demonstrating real value.”

CT-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNA-Bs) have a higher sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy than PET-CT when imaging pulmonary nodules 8 mm or smaller, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Screening programs give radiologists a chance to interact directly with patients, demonstrating their value to the entire healthcare enterprise. Researchers from Weill Cornell Imaging at New York-Presbyterian in New York City, for instance, implemented a CT-based lung cancer screening program at their own institution and wrote about their experience in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

 

Recent Headlines

ACR announces new education committee to focus on patient engagement, experience

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Tuesday that its ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care had added a new education committee, which will work to encourage industry professionals to emphasize patient engagement, patient experience and patient satisfaction.

Striking a balance: Radiation not the only risk to consider when imaging pediatric patients

When managing the care of pediatric patients, both referring physicians and radiologists know to always consider the risks associated with radiation exposure. But according to a recent opinion piece published in Journal of the American College of Radiology, focusing too much on those risks and not considering other key factors can end up potentially harming the patient.

The waiting is the hardest part: 4 steps to improving patient wait times

The current focus on patient-centered care and satisfaction has led imaging providers to pay close attention to wait times. Patients can forgive certain things, but making them wait too long is almost guaranteed to translate into a negative opinion about their experience, no matter what else may have happened during their visit.

Radiologists hold patient communication in high esteem, but do they follow through?

The shift from volume to value puts a premium on the patient experience. Radiologists can do their part with effective physician-patient communication, but a survey published in Radiology shows a disconnect between the values espoused by leaders and the ground-level practices of radiology departments today.

Radiologists Experiencing Mixed Results with ACOs: Accountable Care Is Alive, Well—and Unpredictable

As a collectively key component of the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations (ACOs) entered the present decade looking poised to enjoy a long and dominant run in the driver’s seat of U.S. healthcare economics. Many providers—not just primary-care “gatekeeper” docs but specialists too—had the sense they’d better join, align with or otherwise befriend an ACO if they wanted to remain enduringly relevant and maximally reimbursable. Today, the buzz is centered on CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), with its MACRA and MIPS alphabet soup hogging the spotlight.

Women’s Impact on the Business of Radiology: The Importance of Gender Diversity and How Many Modern Organizations Are Taking Action

Gender diversity matters. According to research from more than 350 global public companies by McKinsey & Company, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were more likely to have financial returns above the national median. In the United States, the correlation between gender diversity and improved revenue performance is strongest once women constitute at least 22 percent of a senior executive team.1 Gender diversity within an organization can increase revenue by improving recruiting methods, customer orientation, employee satisfaction and decision making. Increasing gender diversity in radiology, a specialty in which women are currently grossly underrepresented, offers an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in the healthcare marketplace.

CMS Could Make Significant Cuts to Mammography Services

I visited the great city of Chicago back in April for RBMA’s PaRADigm annual meeting. It was a terrific conference overall, but one moment in particular stands out.

Gena Norris reports poisoning from gadolinium deposition

Gena Norris, wife of actor and martial artist Chuck Norris, claimed to have suffered severe side-effects from gadolinium poisoning in a television interview aired June 11.

Text reminders can reduce patient no-shows at imaging centers

Text reminders to patients scheduled for MRI exams reduced patient no-shows at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

How to use simple checklists to decrease technologist error rates

A simple error-tracking program improved technologists’ image capture at a level 1 trauma center, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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