Quality

Nearly half of all radiologists are reporting PQRS data, according to the ACR, and now they can do so using the ACR’s National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR).  If they register by June 30, the annual reporting fee is waived for individual radiologists whose practices/facilities are registered participants.

Forget the 98,000 preventable deaths that occur in hospitals: The latest number is between 200,000 and 300,000, making medical error the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

The American College of Radiology has released its first edition of the Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System (Lung-RAD®), a quality assurance tool for the standardized reporting of lung-cancer CT screening studies. A key component in a lung-cancer screening infrastructure being developed by the ACR, Lung-RADS® features a number-based rating method similar to the college’s successful BI-RADS® for mammography reporting.

On the short list of reasons to use peer review as your practice quality improvement (PQI) project: You probably have to do three projects in the next decade.

A veteran of the peer-review wars shares a novel approach to instituting a successful program

Incidental findings are a growing problem, amid wide variation in follow-up recommendations

If someone asked you to define quality in radiology, what would you say? The precise definition of quality is certainly nebulous, but it has never mattered too much—until now.

The imaging informaticists, physicists, physicians, and vendors’ representatives who gathered at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting, Practical Imaging Informatics, in Long Beach, California, on March 22, 2012, didn’t arrive in covered wagons, but they did have much in common with the state’s pioneer settlers. On