With six months to go until ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 is a focus for many healthcare organizations. Most hospitals are making investments in ICD-10 migration tools this year, according to a survey of hospital executives. CMS timelines indicate that health systems should be a full year into testing for readiness, with testing recommended to have begun in April of last year. Final steps should be underway now to ensure that employees are fully trained and ready for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, including in radiology.
Editor’s Note: Evan Godt, Editor of Health Imaging, recently interviewed McKesson’s Ohad Arazi, now general manager and vice president of the McKesson Cardiology™ solution suite for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. This article is reprinted here with permission.
Some reputations are hard to shake. Medical imaging has for years been thought of as one of the biggest cost centers in the healthcare system, and it’s a perception that affects how radiology services are regulated. Change is in the air, however, and radiologists themselves are leading the charge. The American College of Radiology’s Imaging 3.0 campaign, for instance, champions the power of imaging to deliver value over volume, and radiologists across the country are taking notice.
One size does not fit all when it comes to imaging use, so it makes sense that it’s not a fit for utilization optimization, either. Indeed, a recent study suggests a targeted approach to managing imaging utilization could be more effective than a national intervention.
In “Use of Public Data to Target Variation in Providers’ Use of CT and MR Imaging among Medicare Beneficiaries” (February 5, Radiology), a team of authors led by Dr. Ivan Ip examined geographic trends in imaging referrals. They found a wide variation in use, ranging from 330 studies per 1,000 beneficiaries to 684 per 1,000. The research team used a pair of public CMS databases to assess 124 million diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012.
How can we improve the relationship between computers and radiologists? How can we make use of dark matter (all the information currently not being mined from our images)? How can we combine data sets to calculate critical conditions like malignancy?
The answer to all of these questions is big data. And if it sounds a bit futuristic, that’s because it is.
Scientific breakthroughs, interactive learning, innovative technology – cardiology professionals around the world are traveling to ACC.15 to hear and see the latest advancements in cardiovascular health. The event, held March 14 to 16 in San Diego, will cover certain cardiology trends that are getting extra buzz. Here are a few of cardiology’s pressing topics and the related sessions on the agenda at ACC.15.
Buzzed About Topic # 1: Integrated Imaging