Diagnostic Reading #15: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Rad salaries and assessments, and population health made headlines.

This week’s articles include: radiologists rank 6th on salary survey; assessment tool gauges radiology resident competency; clinicians learn more from structured reports; discussion about whether IT managers or doctors should lead population health programs; and seven top growth models and their impact on physician-hospital partnerships.

Radiologists rank 6th on Medscape salary survey – Auntminnie

Radiologists ranked sixth on a survey of physician salaries produced by Medscape, with an average annual compensation of $396,000. Orthopedic physicians stood at the top of the list as the highest paid with an annual average salary of $489,000. They were followed by plastic surgeons, urologists, and otolaryngologists. Radiology salaries grew about 5% last year. Only 62% of radiologists felt they were fairly compensated.

Assessment tool gauges radiology resident competency – Diagnostic Imaging

A new assessment tool evaluating five categories helps assess the procedural competence of radiology trainees, according to a study published in AJR. Researchers from Canada performed a prospective study assessing a tool that would gauge the competence of radiology trainees, evaluating content, response process, internal structure, relations to other variables, and consequences.

Clinicians learn more from structured radiology reports – AuntminnieEurope

An ECR presentation reports that several studies found clinicians would prefer to receive structured radiology reports instead of unstructured ones. The structured format yields valuable benefits such as better comprehension of the key information, a research team concluded after conducting an online survey. A structured report also is a safer and more efficient transfer of information and can accommodate complex studies. Administrative benefits include data mining, low cost of implementation, billing, and research.

Should IT or doctors lead population health programs? – Healthcare IT News

Learning how to plan, execute, and participate in population health management programs is challenging for technologists and physicians alike. But questions remain over who is best suited to take the lead on population health. Population health is not a physician-driven enterprise, but if you don’t have physicians engaged and a strong care management team, you don’t have a system.

Seven top growth models & their impact on physician-hospital partnerships- Diagnostic Imaging – Diagnostic Imaging

Radiology as a profession is growing and changing. And these shifts cause uncertainty. Concern stems from non-imaging entities creating competition, hospitals shopping for radiology services, and increased scrutiny of overall imaging utilization. This has created a trend where groups are forming stronger relationships with both external and internal partners. To do so, they’re implementing a variety of growth models. Radiologists need to understand where they can provide the most value within each model.

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