Another week has passed us by, which means it is time for another edition of Diagnostic Reading. This week’s articles focus on MedPAC data on imaging growth, radiology reports, radiology value, community hospitals replacing EHRs, and mHealth tools.
Radiology Takes Aim at MedPAC data on Imaging Growth – AuntMinnie.com
Advocates for radiology are criticizing new data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that show growth in medical imaging from 2000 to 2012. In fact, the data indicate that imaging utilization has been declining since 2009. Imaging advocates say MedPAC’s annual data book released in July paints an inaccurate picture of the specialty and its contribution to healthcare costs, which distracts from the real questions about healthcare waste.
Rad Reports Should Not Include ‘Cannot Exclude’ – Radiology Business
According to a recent commentary in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists need to stop writing “cannot exclude” in their reports as the phrase is overused and adds no additional value to patient care. “Radiologists should list only pertinent differential diagnostic considerations and advise on the need for further imaging needed to confirm a diagnosis,” wrote Jenny K. Hoang, MBBS, of the department of radiology at Duke University Medical Center. “Radiologists’ skills are most valuable when they are used to make diagnoses, not exclude them.”
How to Offer Value When Nobody Seems to Want It – Radiology Business
David M. Naeger, MD, writes, “For years, radiologists on the vanguard have been telling us that we should consider relaying radiology results directly to patients. We already do this in women’s imaging in the form of mammography patient letters, but there is much more room to continue this practice.
“The reasons to consider communicating directly with patients are many: We are the imaging experts, and, in many ways, no one is better suited to explain the findings and interpretation of an imaging examination. By directly engaging patients, we also have the potential to increase their participation in their care and help our referring colleagues in the challenging and time-intensive process of relaying test results.”
Community Hospitals Replacing EHRs – Healthcare IT News
As they grapple with meaningful use and grumble about usability, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals polled for a recent report are “actively looking to replace” their electronic health record vendors. Smaller hospitals are being tasked with more physician documentation for MU, and the extra time required, disrupted workflows and and frustrating EHR functionality means many providers’ patience is wearing thin, according to Community Hospital EHR 2015, by research group peer60, which polled 277 providers.
Research: mHealth Tools Have Not Been Fully Studied – Healthcare Informatics
While smartphone apps and wearable sensors have the potential to help people make healthier lifestyle choices, evidence of these mHealth tools being effective for or reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, according to new research. These findings are according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the association’s journal Circulation. The new statement reviewed the small body of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies for managing weight, increasing physical activity, quitting smoking and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.