Radiology departments ought to make certain that core quality assurance processes are in place that all radiologists can embrace. Quality assurance procedures need to be tracked and analyzed, creating useful information that would then be sourced to implement revised performance improvement guidelines.
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has developed new comprehensive Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) guidelines for individuals, groups and institutions. These guidelines are designed to spearhead medical quality assurance activity.
Part IV of the ABR’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program provides its delegates with a robust mechanism for continuous professional development; the new guidelines offer a pathway to participation in PQI. The PQI initiative is a framework to facilitate improvement of medical care and/or its delivery as an individual, a group or an institution.
Medical quality assurance and safety in medical care have become a national priority, and Part IV of MOC permits radiologists to demonstrate both their commitment to this enterprise and, in some instances, their compliance with associated external requirements.
For diagnostic radiology, five categories of PQI projects have been defined:
1. Patient safety – PQI projects in patient safety enable ABR delegates to take part in the national patient safety movement.
2. Accuracy of interpretation – This is fundamental to the practice of diagnostic radiology.
3. Report timeliness – The objectives are to measure and document timely communication of results and critical values.
4. Practice guidelines and technical standards – Most important is the communication of urgent, critical or unexpected findings.
5. Referring physician surveys – Recognizing the value of communication with the physician and the feedback on the quality of care the radiologist delivers.
The all-embracing reasons for PQI are to develop quality assurance in the areas of care delivery, error reduction, and improved patient safety. PQI projects serve to engage delegates in medical quality assurance and the proper application of quality improvement principles.
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What core diagnostic radiology processes does your organization engage in?