Value-based mod­els chal­lenge ra­di­ol­o­gists

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Adam Ruben­fire

Ra­di­ol­ogy lead­ers will gather in Chicago this week as their in­dus­try comes un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure to curb ris­ing costs with more providers mov­ing to­ward value-based care mod­els. Health sys­tems are tak­ing steps to in­crease vol­ume while main­tain­ing qual­ity, by help­ing their ra­di­ol­ogy staff to be more pro­duc­tive, so that providers can book more imag­ing ap­point­ments each day.

That can in­volve train­ing in best prac­tices, cen­tral­iz­ing imag­ing pro­ce­dures or putting imag­ing equip­ment in more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions. Many health sys­tems are also cen­tral­iz­ing their ra­di­ol­ogy sched­ul­ing to save money.

As the Ra­di­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of North Amer­ica gath­ers for its 101st sci­en­tific as­sem­bly, more ideas, prob­lems and so­lu­tions are likely to be dis­cussed.

An in­ter­na­tional group of ra­di­ol­o­gists, med­i­cal physi­cists, man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, providers and other or­ga­ni­za­tions will present the lat­est equip­ment and strate­gies in med­i­cal imag­ing and can­cer screen­ing.

New cour­ses this year high­light ad­vances in car­diac ra­di­ol­ogy, chest ra­di­ol­ogy, emer­gency imag­ing and 3-D print­ing.

Eric Kam­mer, se­nior man­ager of health strat­egy at global con­sult­ing firm Ac­cen­ture, notes that many large health sys­tems have found suc­cess in hir­ing in-house equip­ment tech­ni­cians for rou­tine re­pairs in high-vol­ume ar­eas such as X-ray, ul­tra­sound and CT scan­ning, while al­low­ing the ven­dor to han­dle more com­plex and costly re­pairs.

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