The beauty of radiology information studies, or any controlled study for that matter, is that researchers start with one premise and, based on their findings, often arrive at unexpected or opposite conclusions. The title of the article published in the online journal, Radiology, “When Does a Radiologist’s Recommendation for Follow-up Result in High-cost Imaging?” gives the reader the impression that radiologists are the reason for high costs when, in fact, radiologists generate few high-cost follow-up orders.
Since 1965, when Medicare was passed into law, debate has raged about a citizen’s right to health access, fairness, efficiency, cost, choice, value and quality. Every generation since has seen both market and governmental forces issue mandates which have either increased or decreased pressure for change within the healthcare industry. Reimbursements have influenced a large part of the debate. Today, radiologists are feeling the pain.
Solutions including automated benchmarking services and Radiology Information Systems (RIS) have helped radiology departments improve their performance, manage change and achieve success – but there is a still a long way yet to go.
So you like X-rays, MRIs, and radiology information systems. And you’re wondering where you should go for that radiology residency.
We may be able to help.
With a frank admission that the “ranking” process is inherently subjective, we’ve drawn up a list of five medical schools that offer outstanding radiology training. Our selection was based on various rankings from the popular press (like U.S. News) and professional organizations and on numbers such as acceptance rates and publications. We also tried to highlight schools from around the U.S.