Case Studies

As the U.S. shifts further into the era of accountable care, hitting quality benchmarks becomes ever more important. Reimbursement is increasingly tied to the value generated by providers, and data about who is making the grade is becoming more transparent.

Here's a riddle: If every imaging interpretation is labeled stat, are any of them truly stat?

William Boonn, MD, had barely begun his career as a radiologist when his department colleagues started approaching him and fellow IT-savvy radiologist Woojin Kim, MD, with questions about analytics and data-mining. And why not?

The sun, the moon and some bright minds were working overtime on the southern shore of Lake Erie the last weekend in September. The occasion was the first-ever Cleveland Medical Hackathon.

According to CMS's latest attestation data, some 4,720 unique diagnostic radiologists have at least one year of participation in Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use under their belts. This cohort has made around 9,000 unique attestations since 2011, showing quantifiable and clinically significant use of certified EHR technology.

A hospital seeking to replace CT technology that does not meet the XR-29 standard has a wide range of slice counts and capabilities to consider, all the way up to state-of-the-art—but pricey—dual energy CT (DECT).

Imaging Specialists of Charleston, a radiologist-owned, full-service medical imaging center in a South Carolina suburb faces stiff competition in its region, specifically from a trio of hospital-based imaging providers.

The nation's 100 largest private radiology practices bulk up, adding radiologists but shedding employees and imaging center assets as they grow

Due to improvements in both technology and the quality of patient care, there are currently more images being used in the healthcare industry than ever before.

Today, imaging has truly gone enterprise-wide, with medical centers needing to optimize their processes and technology to accommodate images from cardiology, pathology, dermatology and more.

Radiology can provide immense value to the healthcare system, not only through accurate diagnostic interpretations, but by helping direct the appropriate use of imaging.

April 16, 2015, marked the beginning of a seismic shift in the healthcare landscape. On that day, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2, the MACRA, which repeals the SGR formula, extends the CHIP for two years, institutes a 0.5% increase in Medicare reimbursement over the next four and a half years and encourages physicians to transition to APMs.