Quality

When reading radiologists interpret mammograms with trainees, the recall rate (RR) increases, but the cancer detection rate (CDR) is unaffected, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Do reading radiologists allow themselves to be negatively influenced by trainees? 

It’s no secret that radiology is at a turning point in 2016. The industry is rapidly shifting toward a focus on quality-based healthcare, and radiologists are doing everything in their power to define and demonstrate the value of their services. According to a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, this puts radiologists in a unique position within the healthcare industry. 

The People’s Choice Awards, Grammys and Oscars aren’t the only prestigious awards that get handed out at this time of year. Research firm KLAS announced the winners of its annual Best in KLAS: Software & Services  awards today, celebrating top-ranking companies based on the feedback of their own customers. 

The move toward value-based care is one of radiology’s most talked-about topics, but according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Roentgenology, it’s just another day in the office for women’s imaging.  

Ehsan Samei, PhD, Duke Clinical Imaging Physics Group, Duke University Medical Center, tackled this subject in a web-exclusive commentary for the American Journal of Roentgenology. Samei explained that understanding physics in imaging is “of crucial importance,” but trainees are being expected to know more and more as the industry continues to evolve.

A recent two-part report for Academic Radiology focused on the value of imaging in healthcare and how the imaging community can demonstrate value to “patients, payers, ordering providers, health systems, and society at large.” 

High-fidelity training sessions can improve contrast reaction management skills for radiologists at all levels, according to a study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). 

One of the primary complaints providers often have about radiology benefits management programs (RBMs) is that they have the power to deny coverage to a patient in need. But what if the RBM is unable to deny coverage? 

Anxiety is often cited as a “harm” of screening mammography, perhaps most famously when the United States Preventive Services Task Force listed it, along with false-positives, as reasons average-risk women ages 40 to 49 should not get routine mammograms. 

The sessions at the AHRA 2015 Virtual Fall Conference may be prerecorded, but the festivities began on Oct. 16 with a live keynote presentation from Richard Duszak, MD, chief medical officer of the American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Intention deserves more attention in modern radiology, according to a recent commentary published in Academic Radiology, because it’s intent that separates living, breathing radiologists from decision-making machines. 

The Journal of the American College of Radiology recently presented readers with opinions from both sides of the debate over whether radiology residency spots need to be reduced.