Prepare For Success With Imaging 3.0
Radiologists who are already using Imaging 3.0® techniques are a step ahead in the MACRA and informatics game.
In this stage of profound changes in health care delivery models, radiologists must find new strategies stay viable.
Imaging 3.0® case studies spotlight radiologists who are already using Imaging 3.0 techniques to transition from focusing on the volume of scans read to the value of the patient experience. The Bulletin has rounded up some of the most useful case studies.
Quality and Safety Applies in Rural Areas
In "Special Order," read about how radiologists can be innovative in any setting. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., one radiology practice found a way to deal with patients who brought outside imaging to the emergency department, a common situation in this hospital that serves a large rural area. To avoid reordering tests or providing unhelpful rereads, the medical center created a special electronic health record (EHR) order for outside imaging consultations and hired a radiology navigator to perform many of the administrative tasks for the department. This new EHR order saves patients from having to repeat the same scan, while answering the referring physician's specific request about the reread. The practice ended up improving care and cutting costs for a large number of referrals received from the extended rural area. Read more at acr.org/i3cs-order.
A Rural Hospital Uses Clinical Decision Support to Connect With Referring Physicians
"Homing in on Quality" follows a radiologist spearheading implementation of ACR's Radiology Support, Communication, and Alignment Network (R-SCAN®) in a rural hospital setting. R-SCAN is a collaborative action plan that brings radiologists and referring clinicians together to improve imaging appropriateness based on a growing list of imaging Choosing Wisely® topics. Overcoming the challenges of keeping their referring providers abreast of periodic changes in imaging ordering best practices, radiologists used R-SCAN to make themselves indispensable to the referring provider. Read more at acr.org/i3cs-quality.
At UVA, Information Technology Is Being Embraced, Not Feared
You cannot ignore the importance of information technology, so give this case study, "An Extra Set of Eyes," a read. The story deals with AI in radiology at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va. Radiologists there are beta testing new software to harness AI as a work aid and time saver. Visit acr.org/i3cs-eyes to read the entire case study.
When a Radiologist Gets Breast Cancer, She Launches a Patient Satisfaction Program
Patient engagement is quickly becoming the only path forward for radiology. In this case study, "When the Radiologist Becomes the Patient," you will see how to take the first step. The story follows a radiologist who started a rounding program at her hospital with wonderful results. Sabiha Raoof, MD, finds out if the patients need an extra pillow, if their breakfast was cold, or if they need to talk to the attending physician. Through personal experience, she learns that the little things can make such a big difference to those in a hospital setting. Additionally, Raoof has successfully implemented the program throughout the hospital, with virtually everyone who works at the hospital, no matter what they do, going on rounds to enrich their jobs and to help them keep in mind who they are there to serve: the patient. Continue reading at acr.org/i3cs-patient.
Payment Models Get a Boost From NRDR® Participation
If you're learning about new payment models, read "The Real-Time Benefits of Registries." This case study makes a strong connection between ACR's National Radiology Data Registries® and value-based payments. A private radiology practice, working in tandem with Hackensack University Medical Center, finds ways to use the hospital's electronic medical records to access benchmarking data and increase reimbursements. Learn more at acr.org/i3cs-registries.
Call For Case Studies
ACR's Imaging 3.0 initiative is a roadmap for transitioning the practice of radiology from volume-based to value-based imaging care.
Imaging 3.0 goes beyond interpretation to include such topics as:
• Patient-centered radiology
• Decision support
• Value-based payment
• Quality and safety
• Technology integration
• Actionable reporting
• Image sharing
• Relationship building