Increasing visibility of radiology and decreasing errors are in the news
This week’s articles include: an update to the radiologist patient-facing dataset; strategies on how to avoid errors in radiology; an approach to increasing public awareness of radiology; information on how to manage radiation dose in pediatric imaging; and results of imaging studies that provide clues about where Parkinson’s disease originates.
Neiman Institute updates the radiologist patient-facing dataset – Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute
The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute has updated the radiologist patient-facing dataset with 2015 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. This free resource allows radiologists to determine if they would be designated as patient-facing by CMS, which affects merit-based incentive system (MIPS) participation. The tool also allows practices to look up all the radiologists in their practice to determine if they are likely to be exempt under the MIPS group reporting option.
How to avoid errors in radiology – AuntMinnieEurope
There is much more work to be done to understand why mistakes are made in radiology—specifically why perceptual and cognitive functions seem to fail. But enough is already known to make a start on devising some approaches for prevention. Dr. Giles Maskell suggests “this time” and “next time” strategies to improve chances of accurate image interpretations.
How do you increase public awareness of radiology? – ACR Bulletin
Instead of ‘sitting in a dark room and never seeing patients,’ radiologists must break that stereotype and raise their profile with patients, providers, the public, and policymakers. Radiologists need to be visible and available to patients and providers while publicly promoting their value.
New image wisely radiation safety case discusses child-sizing CT dose – Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology
The 10th special edition Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists, and medical physicists assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts, including dose monitoring and management. This case offers information on how to manage the radiation dose for CT examinations to provide physicians with diagnostic-quality images while exposing patients to a well-controlled amount of radiation—with special emphasis on pediatric imaging.
Results of imaging studies provide important clues about where Parkinson’s disease originates in the nervous system, according to a presentation at the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Vancouver. The presentation described why understanding the pathology of neurodegenerative movement disorders like Parkinson’s is both important and difficult.
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