Quality

When ACR's Radiology Leadership Institute honored Leonard Berlin, MD, with a 2015 Leadership Luminary Award this past August, some may have assumed Berlin was getting ready to take a bow and move on toward retirement.

The Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) program has the ability to modestly reduce low-value services, including imaging-related services, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. 

The healthcare industry is increasing its focus on outcome-based quality metrics, but radiology continues to rely on structural metrics, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

To thrive in today’s healthcare industry, radiologists are often looking for ways to set themselves apart and showcare their value to patient care. According to Tina Rudisill and Gail Schwartz of TRG Marketing Works in York, Penn., the best way to stand out is to “woo” your patients, impressing them with both the quality of your service and an overall positive experience.

When the Affordable Care Act required physician performance information to be made available in a way that allows patients to make comparisons based on quality of care, the CMS Physicians Compare Initiative was born. However, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the initiative should include more imaging-specific metrics so it can accurately reflect a radiologist’s overall performance. 

After 17 months of hard work, employees at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind., successfully decreased staffing hours in their diagnostic imaging department while increasing staff productivity and workforce engagement. How did they do it? 

Radiologists should always review CT scout images, and not doing so could have legal ramifications down the line, according to a recent commentary published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Baseline CT findings can serve as independent predictors of clinical outcomes, hospital resource utilization, and inpatient costs in cases related to acute appendicitis, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, faculty from Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute examined the frequency of wrong-patient events. The number of near-misses was “considerable,” they concluded, and there was definite room for improvement.

Radiologists using collective intelligence (CI) methods consistently produce more accurate breast cancer diagnoses than a single radiologist, according to recent research published by PLOS ONE. 

Radiologists are significantly underrepresented on physician-rating websites, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The key to meeting the latest Joint Commission standards for diagnostic imaging, and preparing for future initiatives, is developing an effective dose monitoring program, according to Olav Christianson, clinical dose optimization service team leader at Landauer Medical Physics.