In RBJ’s 11th annual survey recognizing 100 of the largest practices in the U.S., consolidation emerges as perhaps the single most inescapable sign of disruption throughout the profession. An analysis of this year’s list, together with respondents’ comments, details how hard it has become to identify a representative sampling of the largest practices in the land.

Less-than-large radiology practices can survive the consolidation era. The trick is finding a sweet spot in which the economies of scale needed to compete meld with the hospital/practice alignment that is the lifeblood of independent practice.

How best to participate in the pre-exam patient education process? Consider some tips from radiologists who take a proactive stance in the process.

A primer for practices that are now in discussions about merging, acquiring or otherwise consolidating—or may find themselves having “the talk” at some point in the not-distant future.

Identifying the problems that suppress patient satisfaction can prove as elusive an exercise as formulating the remedies. The creatively collaborative process known as design thinking can help with both.

Want to see consolidation in action? Look anywhere. Across the globe, mergers and acquisitions are upending the established order at a pace not seen since just before the entire U.S. economy went over the falls in 2008. One hopes the same doesn’t happen on the back end of the present M&A frenzy.

It will come as no surprise to attendees of RSNA 2018 when Vijay M. Rao, MD, officially kicks off the proceedings by homing in on AI and machine learning during her president’s address on Sunday, November 25, at 8:30 a.m. After all, that topic was the talk of McCormick Place last late November and, since then, it’s only grown in importance to the profession.

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