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Co-management in Spokane: Inland and Providence Add Value with Market-wide Imaging Coordination
Co-management in Spokane: Inland and Providence Add Value with Market-wide Imaging Coordination
March 28, 2018

Since 1930, Inland Imaging, Spokane, Wash., has provided radiology services for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, a 719-bed quaternary care hospital, and Providence Holy Family Hospital, a 197-bed community hospital, owned by Providence Health & Services. The radiologists and hospitals deepened their relationship in 1998, when they entered into an exclusive outpatient imaging center joint venture (JV) contract that committed them to a 50-50 ownership of all of their outpatient imaging services in a prescribed geography.

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SR Adopts Sweeping Plan for Enhanced Collaboration at March Board Meeting
SR Adopts Sweeping Plan for Enhanced Collaboration at March Board Meeting
April 4, 2018

In a unanimous vote, the Strategic Radiology (SR) Board of Managers approved a business plan to implement three sweeping national initiatives that will greatly enhance collaborative activity and services for members, 22 privately owned and independent radiology practices. “We have a clear direction, we know where our compass is pointing, and we know what to do,” said Arl Van Moore, MD, FACR, CEO and chair of SR.

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Quality Forum: PSO Basics for Newcomers
Quality Forum: PSO Basics for Newcomers
April 4, 2018

Quality operatives from Strategic Radiology member practices gathered at the March Quality Forum recently, held in Phoenix at the Wild Horse Pass Resort, to share best practices and provide input on future quality initiatives. Lisa Mead, Strategic Radiology PSO and Quality Director, kicked things off with a review of the regulations governing Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the new participants in the room.

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SR Satisfaction Survey Tool Hits 1 Million Patient Encounters Milestone
SR Satisfaction Survey Tool Hits 1 Million Patient Encounters Milestone
April 4, 2018

When a leading patient satisfaction survey provider announced changes to its survey tool that reduced its value to radiology practices—particularly those that operated outpatient imaging centers—one member wondered if Strategic Radiology could develop a more relevant and useful tool.  Working together, Lisa Mead, RN, MS, CPHQ, executive director, SR PSO Quality and Safety, initiated a Quality Workgroup to develop the questions, and Dave Polmanteer, director of analytics and business intelligence, developed a survey tool that could be customized for each practice.

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Collaboration: A Logical Response to Consolidation
Collaboration: A Logical Response to Consolidation
March 5, 2018

By Arl Van Moore Jr, MD

Last year’s record-breaking deal-making activity among hospitals and health systems suggests that the market is entering a new era of collaboration as consolidation continues. Size and scale have always propelled merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, but the 2017 deals were different Strategy not finance drove the deal-making, according to a report from Kaufman Hall & Associates.

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Peder Horner, MD:  An  Interventional Radiologist's Guide to the IR Twittersphere
Peder Horner, MD: An Interventional Radiologist's Guide to the IR Twittersphere
March 2, 2018

Nine interventional radiologists (IRs) contributed to an enlightening guide to the Twitter IR ecosystem recently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology special issue on Social Media and Medicine. Among the authors was one of Strategic Radiology’s more active users of the platform, Diversified Radiology’s Peder Horner, MD, @IR_Doctor.

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RadVAULT: Introducing a Tool to Quantify Value-added, Nonclinical Radiologist Time
RadVAULT: Introducing a Tool to Quantify Value-added, Nonclinical Radiologist Time
March 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered how much time the radiologists in your practice spend on nonclinical, unreimbursed activities? When you meet with clients to negotiate contracts, do you struggle to accurately quantify the hours your radiologists spend on tumor boards, hospital committees, patient safety activities, and other contributions?

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What I Learned About Radiology That You Need to Know
What I Learned About Radiology That You Need to Know
March 2, 2018

By Clint McClurg

Before I began my career with Diversified Radiology in Denver, I really never gave much thought to what a radiologist was, and I certainly didn’t think it mattered. After all, if they got their doctor of medicine degrees, weren’t they the same as any other physician? My second day on the job gave me a clear indicator that I was very misinformed. In a small, dark room with a bank of large monitors, I witnessed something completely unexpected.

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Arl Van Moore, MD, FACR: Representing Radiology in the AMA House of Delegates Since 1996
Arl Van Moore, MD, FACR: Representing Radiology in the AMA House of Delegates Since 1996
February 1, 2018

Twice a year, Strategic Radiology’s CEO Arl Van Moore, MD, FACR, packs a bag and travels to a destination somewhere in the United States to represent radiology in the House of Medicine—the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates (HOD). He has represented radiology as a member of the American College of Radiology’s delegation since 1996.

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SR Practices Pass Halfway Mark On Way to $800,000 RSNA R&E Foundation Gift
SR Practices Pass Halfway Mark On Way to $800,000 RSNA R&E Foundation Gift
February 1, 2018

At the conclusion of 2017, contributions from Strategic Radiology (SR) member practices exceeded the halfway milestone toward funding their $800,000 gift to the RSNA Research and Education (R&E) Foundation.  The commitment will fund annual Strategic Radiology Research Seed Grants for 20 years in support research conducted by young investigators and push the specialty into the future.

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Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD: How Stanford Does Machine Learning in Radiology
Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD: How Stanford Does Machine Learning in Radiology
February 1, 2018

Located in the Silicon Valley, Stanford Radiology has an enviable vantage point from which to advance deep learning in radiology. Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, director of Stanford’s new Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging (AIMI) laboratory, was one of three academic radiologists to share their institution’s approach to AI during a standing-room-only How I Do It session at the November 2017 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA),

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Jennifer Kemp, MD: Pressing the Case for Patient-centered Radiology
Jennifer Kemp, MD: Pressing the Case for Patient-centered Radiology
January 31, 2018

During the 2017 RSNA meeting, Jennifer L. Kemp, MD, a body imager with Strategic Radiology member practice Diversified Radiology, Denver, CO, was awarded with the Minnie Award for Scientific Paper of the Year from Aunt Minnie editor-in-chief Brian Casey.  Kemp received the award as lead author of a paper published in Radiology[1] that described the findings of an RSNA survey exploring radiologists' opinions about patient-centered radiology. 

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Strategic Radiology PSO to Celebrate 5 Years in June
Strategic Radiology PSO to Celebrate 5 Years in June
January 31, 2018

In June, one of Strategic Radiology’s most visible symbols of the value of collaboration, the Patient Safety Organization (PSO), will celebrate its fifth anniversary. Since it was listed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) on June 19, 2013, SR’s PSO has stood as the first and only radiology-specific PSO in the United States.

 

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Strategic Radiology Launches New Web Site
Strategic Radiology Launches New Web Site
December 21, 2017

If you hadn’t noticed, you may be surprised to see that Strategic Radiology has a brand new, mobile-responsive web site.  Take a few minutes for a test drive. On the home page, you’ll see that there are four user experiences to meet the needs of our primary visitors: radiologists, hospital executives, payers and other partners, and patients. Each section is designed to provide information that helps visitors understand the value that Strategic Radiology practices contribute to health care. 

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QRUR: Getting a Read on Your Value Modifier
QRUR: Getting a Read on Your Value Modifier
December 20, 2017

On September 18, 2017, CMS made available the 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) to every group practice and solo practitioner in the nation. SR PSO Quality and Safety Director Lisa Mead took that one step further and provided those Strategic Radiology (SR) practices that submitted their data to SR’s Patient Safety Organization with an additional benchmarking document showing them how they compared with their SR peers.

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The 10% That Roared: CMS Adds Cost to 2018 MIPS Reporting Categories
The 10% That Roared: CMS Adds Cost to 2018 MIPS Reporting Categories
December 20, 2017

In January 2018, physicians will receive a positive, negative, or neutral update in their Medicare reimbursement rates based on their final score based calculated from 2016 data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Although CMS gave no indication in the proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that cost would be included in the 2018 calculation—along with quality, improvement activities, and advancing care information categories—the 2018 MPFS Final Rule allotted 10% of the total score to where radiologists fall on the cost spectrum. What does that mean?

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RSNA 2017: Tamping Down High AI Anxiety—How They Do Deep Learning in Radiology
RSNA 2017: Tamping Down High AI Anxiety—How They Do Deep Learning in Radiology
November 28, 2017

Interest—and concern—about artificial intelligence ran so high at the 2017 RSNA meeting that fully 20 minutes prior to the start of “Deep Learning in Radiology: How I Do It,” all seats were occupied and the room was ringed by a standing-room only crowd. Luciano M. Prevedello, MD, MPH, Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, and Bradley Erickson, MD, PhD, repaid their eager audience with a rare gift in these times of high AI anxiety—they demystified a powerful new tool.

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RSNA 2017: Telling radiology’s unique tale offers keys to unlock its future
RSNA 2017: Telling radiology’s unique tale offers keys to unlock its future
November 26, 2017

In his president’s address at the annual RSNA meeting in Chicago, Richard L. Ehman, MD, posed the following rhetorical question: “Is it time to reinvent radiology?” The 103rd president of the RSNA left no doubt that he believes the time is now, and he urged, cajoled, and implored radiologists to roll up their sleeves and engage in the transformation of the specialty.

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