Optimizing Medical Imaging Value

Optimizing Medical Imaging Value

In a variety of Q&As and articles below, Change Healthcare industry thought leaders and guest authors share expertise on healthcare challenges, interoperability, data sharing, value-based care and more.

Designed for healthcare organizations of all sizes and complexities, enterprise medical imaging solutions can help enhance your financial, clinical and operational effectiveness. From long-term financial impacts to helping improve patient care, healthcare executives must ask themselves a variety of questions when assessing which solution is best for their facility.

View these articles to help you optimize your medical imaging value to its fullest and choose the best solution for your organization.

Six Traits Radiologists Should Look for in an Imaging Technology Vendor

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Responsiveness. Transparency. Trust.

Ask consumers what they value most in a retail brand, and they’ll likely cite those three traits as reasons why they’ve done business with the brand for years.

It’s no different for vendors that maintain and service imaging equipment: technologies for health care providers, in general, and for radiologists and radiology departments specifically.

Radiologists evaluating vendors at RSNA 2017 should keep these traits in mind, especially when choosing a vendor to maintain the imaging equipment and technologies used to make life-saving decisions for patients.

 

Five Secrets of Effective Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Programs

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Healthcare IT team assessing BCDR programsHealthcare providers don’t have to look far or long to know their threat landscape is escalating. Natural disasters like the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, mass casualty situations like the shooting in Las Vegas or the bombing in Boston, and data breaches like those that hit Equifax and Yahoo are daily reminders of the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) capabilities.

 

How Radiology Leaders Can Deal with Change Management

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Radiology leadership in a meetingIf your radiology department had a dollar for every article that starts, “The healthcare industry is changing,” your budget would be taken care of for at least a year.

It’s impossible to talk about modern healthcare without talking about the major transitions underway throughout the industry. Whether it’s internal initiatives for value-based care or enterprise imaging, or external change agents like MACRA and MIPS, the healthcare industry is undeniably changing (add another dollar to the pile).

 

5 Ways Radiology Can Support an Enterprise Imaging Initiative

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As health systems look to provide more value in patient care while controlling costs, the shift to enterprise imaging has become a top priority. Because it expands communication and collaboration across the health system, enterprise imaging can directly contribute to value-based care.

It takes participation from stakeholders across the health system to successfully manage an enterprise imaging transition. But radiology departments should be leading the way. Your department has invaluable experience dealing with imaging, workflow, and managing imaging data once it’s captured.

 

How Health Care Providers Can Transition to Value-Based Care

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With change said to be the only constant, one might expect change to be easy by now. But it’s not, and change certainly is not easy for health care providers making the shift from traditional fee-for-service care models to value-based care models that pay providers based on financial and clinical outcomes.

Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waved the green 25% of health plan payments made through alternative models in 2016flag on that transition, announcing that it expects 90 percent of formerly fee-for-service Medicare payments to be made to providers through various value-based reimbursements models by 2018.

 

Help Improve Outcomes and Operational Efficiencies Through Enterprise Imaging [Infographic]

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Enterprise imaging is rapidly becoming the new standard for sharing data within and across health systems. Adopting this more open, interoperable model is a paradigm shift from siloed departments using incompatible software solutions.

As more health systems make the switch, they are finding new ways that enterprise imaging helps operations run more efficiently. These benefits can contribute directly to improving patient outcomes. When data is generated and stored with an eye toward communication and collaboration, the possibilities are virtually endless.

 

MACRA – Is Radiology Ready?

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In April 2015, Congress passed the landmark bipartisan legislation MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) which introduced two new payment tracks for physicians and guidelines to move compensation from a fee-to-service model to a value-based one. Ultimately, the legislation is intended to improve the quality of patient care in America by driving health care payment and delivery system reform for clinicians.

 

What is MACRA and why does it matter to you?

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Medical leadership preparing their organization for MACRAMACRA, or Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 is bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in 2015.  In order to begin implementing the provisions in this legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposal in April 2016 to align and modernize the way Medicare payments are tied to the quality and cost of patient care.

This proposal would replace the existing Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a new reimbursement plan for Medicare clinicians called the Quality Payment Program. The intention is to promote better care, smarter spending and healthier Americans.

 

Advice from the Expert: Orchestrate Your Workflows for Quality and Efficiency

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Dr. Evan Kaminer describes Conserus Workflow IntelligenceFor radiology departments to go beyond imaging and stay relevant in the healthcare industry, they need to clearly demonstrate their contribution to the organization’s overall success. Imaging continues to play a critical role across the patient care continuum, and as hospitals redefine their own benchmarks, imaging departments must also find new ways to prove their value. Outcomes and value are the benchmarks in today’s environment and to achieve results in these areas, radiologists need solutions that help them manage their processes more intelligently and more efficiently.

 

Enterprise Imaging: The Key Benefits of Interoperability [Infographic]

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Less than a decade ago, the majority of imaging data in a health system came from dedicated imaging departments. Now, the widespread availability of digital photography means more departments are generating patient data. Many of these departments use their own proprietary systems for data storage and retrieval, which can mean headaches for intradepartmental communication.

Health systems need to invest in true interoperability to create their enterprise imaging solutions. It takes time and resources to create a seamless system, but the benefits can far outweigh the initial setup costs.