Optimizing Medical Imaging Value
Optimizing Medical Imaging Value
In a variety of Q&As and articles below, McKesson 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.
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.
MACRA, 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.
For 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.
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.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 conference is history, but your need for automated, intelligent workflows in the transition to value-based care is very much front and center. The right focus can help take radiology beyond its traditional borders and even beyond imaging.
By putting intelligent imaging and radiology workflow management in place, your radiologists and their colleagues in the hospital and referring community have a clear path to better outcomes. This approach gives all of a patient’s care providers access to both data and images at the right time to help make accurate decisions about diagnosis and treatment even faster than before.
One key component of enterprise imaging is making data more accessible across the health system. The massive amount of patient data health systems collect can be a powerful driver for better patient outcomes. Provided, of course, that there are systems in place to collect and intelligently display data. Regardless of where the request originates or the data is captured, the process needs to be seamless.
For our latest eBook, Beyond Imaging: Key Components for a Holistic Enterprise Imaging Strategy, we asked experts in health IT and diagnostic imaging for their thoughts on improving patient outcomes through data management. Read on for highlights from their responses, and click the icon next to each quote to share.
UMass Memorial Health Care wanted to drive quality improvements within radiology services for its system of hospitals and clinics. By implementing Conserus Workflow Intelligence™, they were able to address quality and communication gaps that occurred from clinical, technical and financial standpoints.
An automated peer review workflow is helping drive quality improvements and peer learning. An effective and potentially lifesaving system is in place to communicate critical results with referring physicians. Interaction between the ED and radiology is streamlined through the use of central mailboxes that help ensure there are no unnecessary delays. And the workflow for billing and coding is improving revenue, while ensuring the system can effectively address audits.
Editor’s Note: The following article recently appeared in imagingBiz and is reprinted here with permission.
With more than four combined decades of experience, Ashish Sant and Tomer Levy are leaders in healthcare technology. Recently imagingBiz sat down with the two of McKesson’s General Managers to discuss their views on important current imaging issues.
Sant is McKesson’s GM of Radiology within the company’s Imaging and Workflow Solutions division, which provides radiologists, technologists, imaging administrators and IT staff with diagnostic tools and image-management solutions.
Levy is McKesson’s GM of Workflow and Infrastructure, leading McKesson’s efforts on vendor-neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise worklists, imaging quality workflows and consulting.
Successfully making the transition to value-based care depends heavily on data. The data health systems generate can promote better processes that lead to improved patient outcomes. Just collecting and storing this information is not enough to make a difference, however. To truly affect the quality of care, data needs to be freely shared within and across health systems.
Diagnostic imaging is one of the biggest parts of the data equation. Imaging departments are challenged to break down silos, as other departments begin to generate their own images and request access to existing imaging.
Depth and Breadth of Imaging Solutions Provide Complete View of Individual Patients
If the word “value” dominated the conversation during RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting last week in Chicago, as my colleague Ashish Sant said in his earlier blog post from RSNA, the word “precision” wasn’t far behind.
Precision, of course, can be an adjective to describe the ability of new imaging technologies to detect even the smallest physiological changes within the human body. The exhibit halls here at RSNA were filled with medical equipment, devices, software and other technologies that take precision imaging to levels unimaginable just a few years ago. But the precision I’m talking about is the adjective attached to the word “medicine,” as in “precision medicine” with the question asked at RSNA being this: How can radiologists — equipped with the latest imaging technologies — support precision medicine?