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If the Affordable Care Act’s implementation ultimately does lead American health care away from its fee-for-service reimbursement model, the move will be a huge change. Replacing the volume-based economic model that imaging providers are accustomed to with different—and still undefined—incentives will be an epic shift.

This month’s E-New Exclusive points out that imaging executives are working to incorporate measurable quality and value into their strategic planning.

Last, but not least, the AHRA annual meeting will be held in Minneapolis at the end of the month and Radiolgy Today will be there to cover the meeting and, I hope, meet some of our loyal readers. Stop by booth 123 in the exhibit hall and say hello.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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Radiology Needs to Quantify Quality Service
By Jim Knaub

In many ways, quality in radiology is a matter of perception: hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

Radiology groups must convince hospitals that radiologists provide quality service so the organizations can secure and keep contracts and/or draw patients to their imaging centers. Hospitals tout quality to gain a competitive advantage in their market. But how do you prove quality in some measureable way?

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Worth Repeating
“If physicians want to play a role in delivery reform, ACO [accountable care organization] participation will be a necessity. A passive ACO philosophy will allow hospitals and payers to dictate the future to physicians.”

Randall Curnow, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for Summit Medical Group, which has an ACO covering 35,000 Medicare beneficiaries
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ACR Relieved by No MPPR Expansion
The ACR released a statement that “the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not expand the multiple procedure payment reduction to all other imaging exams in the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.”

MRI May Reveal Tainted Steroid Injections
MRI scans in patients who had steroid injections may help detect injection-related illnesses such as fungal infection, Reuters Health reports.

More Radiologists, Fewer Surgeons Perfom Central Venous Procedures
Radiologists are performing more central venous procedures than surgeons, suggesting that more radiology practices should be involved in the hospital setting, according to the ACR.

Brain Scans May Identify Mental Disorders
Researchers suggest that brain scans could identify patients’ mental disorders by revealing changes in the brain’s resting state, as reported by TIME.

Imaging Software Supports Lower Radiation Dose
New imaging software from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center reduces radiation exposure from CT scans by 37%, according to ScienceDaily.