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Editor's e-Note
How might a modest-sized radiology group fit into the consolidating world of medical imaging delivery? Based on recent discussions from the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) Radiology Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, that is a timely, vexing question to many groups. A neuroradiologist based in the New York City suburbs isn’t offering the answer but has some sound advice on where to start looking for it: over dinner.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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Preparing for Health Care’s Consolidation
By Jim Knaub

“Health care was a fragmented industry for decades,” said Triad Radiology CEO Theodore Kerner, MD, in a panel discussion session at the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) Radiology Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this month. “That is changing.”

Integration is happening, and radiologists need to understand imaging’s role in that integration—and then do something to ensure their practices have a role in the evolving delivery of health care services. Or as Kerner told the audience, “Staying at home and circling the wagons will produce undesirable results.”

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