More Than a Software Program
Knowing that an added emphasis must be placed on “as low as reasonably achievable” when dealing with children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia began addressing dose reduction a decade ago, and a multidisciplinary committee continues to tweak its protocols for CT and other modalities that produce ionizing radiation.
Traditionally, hospitals have relied on their radiology departments to be revenue centers. However, because volume is down in hospitals, reimbursements are down across the board, even in imaging departments. As a result, radiology departments have had to find new ways to deal with rising costs and decreasing reimbursements.
Employment, Mergers and Joint Ventures
From 2010 to 2013, the number of radiology groups has dropped by 10%, partially due to the consolidation of groups but also because radiologists are leaving private practices for institutional employment. Additionally, many groups are taking a cautious approach to recruiting while they wait and see how the Affordable Care Act and other aspects of health care reform affect them. As a result, hospitals have more leverage than ever when dealing with radiologists. And radiologists may now be willing to listen.
Radiology Today Interview: A Practical Approach to MRI Safety
MRI expert Tobias Gilk gives an exclusive interview with Radiology Today to discuss a variety of topics related to safety and best practices in part one of this two-part series.
RSNA 2014 Navigation Guide
Here’s Radiology Today’s annual guide to the RSNA exhibit hall.