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Editor's e-Note
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of people’s thinking, including how they prioritize health care. Most imaging centers have likely felt this shift, as patients have postponed imaging that they deem nonessential. Screenings often fall into this category, even though early diagnosis and treatment are widely considered to be the most effective means of preventing major health events down the road.

This change in behavior has affected most practices’ bottom lines in some form or fashion, but with the end of the pandemic still unknown, practices that hope to thrive need to start thinking about ways to allay patients’ fears and communicate the risks of forgoing screening. In this month’s newsletter, we provide some tips for keeping those lines of communication open.

How is your practice managing through the pandemic? Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Stay safe.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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Reopening Your Practice: Four Steps to Recouping Lost Revenue
By Tashfeen Ekram, MD

We are all aware, many painfully so, that the COVID-19 pandemic goes beyond a risk to people’s health. The financial losses radiology practices around the country have experienced and continue to face are very real. As a specialty, it’s critical we address those losses to ensure the health of both our patients and colleagues’ practices.

To offset losses, many clinics are implementing pay cuts and furloughs. But those moves are often akin to a Band-Aid solution to a much larger problem, and they leave the underlying issues unsolved. As we conduct business as usual and plan for ongoing waves of infection, it’s important that clinics implement sound and action-oriented strategies that minimize the damage and set a more solid foundation for our uncertain future.

In radiology, we understand there are unique challenges COVID-19 presents to our patients and practices. Given our focus on screening, patient perception is often that they can delay. With fears around the coronavirus, patients are making choices about what they see as critical vs important care. It’s no secret that nonemergency radiology often falls into the latter category. For radiology practices, when it comes to recouping lost revenue and planning for the future, it is critical to educate and prioritize patients.

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