As healthcare gradually tilts from volume to value, physicians and hospitals fear the instability of straddling “two canoes.” Value-based contracts demand very different business practices and clinical habits from those which maximize fee-for-service revenue, but with most income still anchored on volume, providers often cannot afford a wholesale pivot towards cost-conscious care.
As imaging exams become more routine components of clinical practice, doctors and patients alike may benefit from reframing the medical definition of “normal,” the Washington Post reported this week.
The decision of whether or not to image a patient with a head injury has significant implications—for the patient and the urgent care provider. Understanding which patients are at greatest risk for serious head injury, indications for testing, and options for management/disposition is essential.
Digital health broke out in 2017. We saw more investment than ever before: Over $4.7 billion flowed into a record number of companies. While these record-breaking investments underscore the enthusiasm for new digital health solutions, another revolution was quietly happening just outside the spotlight.
A recent Lancet editorial pointed out that, “in the span of their professional lives a radiologist will read more than 10 million images, a dermatologist will analyse 200,000 skin lesions, and a pathologist will review nearly 100,000 specimens." Advances in deep machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) means a lifetime of work can now be done in days, rather than decades.
With the appropriate amount of education and training, technologists can interpret chest x-rays with the same level of diagnostic accuracy and quality as radiologists, according to a study published May 1 in Academic Radiology.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive memo imposing tariffs on Chinese imports, including many imaging-related devices. Estimates claim the impact on the device industry may range from $1.5 billion to $5 billion a year. Imaging has also been the focus of headlines as several hospitals have filed lawsuits against Anthem’s new outpatient imaging and emergency department (ED) reimbursement policies.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We’re proud to have helped tens of thousands of ACR members and their practices improve care over the past decade—and we’re not letting up.
This is a particularly interesting time in radiology. Significant change is coming over the next decade with respect to how we use quality measures to improve not only patient care and safety, but also reimbursement, accreditation and other aspects of our work.
A funnel of referrals is the lifeblood of every orthopedic surgeon, and your practice needs loyal referral sources in order to fill that funnel on a continual basis. Here are four steps every orthopedic practice can take to build that foundation.