Meaningful Use in Radiology: Overview and Implementation

Keith Dreyer, DO, Ph.D and Marjorie Calvetti

Meaningful Use offers great opportunity for radiologists to participate in the incentives.  Most radiologists qualify to participate in the incentives, and often compliance can be achieved by leveraging medical imaging software such as RIS and PACS. 

Keith Dreyer, DO, Ph.D, Associate Chairman of Medical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Marjorie Calvetti, Medical Imaging Director, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois, both have experience in preparing their imaging departments for Meaningful Use compliance.  In a webinar with Carestream and Diagnostic Imaging, they share their experiences and offer advice for professionals working towards compliance.
 
Once you have viewed the presentation, feel free to ask questions or make comments here.  We will work with our presenters to get answers that can be shared with you and our entire community.

7 thoughts on “Meaningful Use in Radiology: Overview and Implementation

  1. I work for an independent group of 30 Radiologists. Our main contracts are with 3 area hospitals. I was wondering who typically takes the lead in making sure that the Radiologists are doing what is required of them for collecting on this incentive program? Also, is it important to have someone from the independent Radiologist office, such as a business manager or physician liaison, working with the hospital(s) to ensure these steps are taking place?

    Thanks,
    Aaron Budd

    • Answer to Aaron’s question, from Dr. Keith Dreyer—

      It is the responsibility of the radiology group itself to determine their eligibility and work with their hospital(s) to become meaningful users. Yes, the best start is to have your business manager work with the CMO or CIO of each of the hospitals where you provide services.

      Thanks,
      Keith Dreyer

  2. New question from Michele at Kent Radiology:

    “What dollars are available for radiology in the early stages? I am aware of the equipment incentive up to $44,000, but how am I able to get any of this incentive if the hospital is the one who has purchased the equipment? Are there incentives beyond this in 2011 – 2014? I am aware that there are funds in 2015 and penalties.”

    We’ll get this question to our speakers and post the answer here!

    • Answer to Michele’s question, from Dr. Keith Dreyer

      The $44,000 is available over the 2011-2014 period and it is not for equipment purchases but for the radiologist directly if they show meaningful use as determined by the CMS EHR Incentive Program.

      Thanks,
      Keith Dreyer

  3. Required watching for every medical professional involved with medical imaging. It is a concise snapshot of the current state of “meaningful use” and highlights the incentives toward implementing the second most important technology available to our health community. (Although prejudiced, I rank medical imaging improvements as number one.)

    It is important to remember how close we came to not having Radiology included in the stimulus formula and the debt we owe to the hard-working organizations highlighted in the presentation.

    Ms. Calvetti’s organization’s long experience provides lessons — one that sticks with me is the detailed attention to CPOE implementation because its immediacy demands careful user community input.

  4. Answer to Michele’s question, from Dr. Keith Dreyer The $44,000 is available over the 2011-2014 period and it is not for equipment purchases but for the radiologist directly if they show meaningful use as determined by the CMS EHR Incentive Program. Thanks, Keith Dreyer

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