Diagnostic Reading #27: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Better communications between radiologists and referring physicians can lead to better care.

This week’s articles include: smoothing communication barriers between radiologists and referring physicians can lead to better care; the 2018 QPP proposed rule eases burden on small and rural practices; many medical specialists are thinking about population health management; the dos and don’ts of hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros; and a new study reveals longer follow-up times for Asian-American women after abnormal mammograms.

Greasing radiologist/referring physician communication leads to better reads – Health Imaging

Smoothing barriers that impede radiologist/referring physician communication can lead to better care through improved timeliness and more nuanced interpretations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Difficulties in reaching referring physicians are among the most common workflow disruptions cited by radiologists, according to a 2015 study.

2018 QPP proposed rule offers plenty of pros for imaging – Radiology Business

The 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule eases the burden on small and rural practices compared to the 2017 rule, more or less responding to criticism of the 2017 rule’s high expectations on practices. While the 2018 proposed rule keeps the 2017 rule’s positive changes to the non-patient-facing threshold, the general implications might be a mixed bag for imaging. Overall, a new Virtual Groups option and preserving the 100-encounter patient-facing threshold means this 2018 proposed rule should be beneficial for imaging—especially smaller practices.

What you mean to population health – ACR Bulletin

Currently, population health management (PHM) is on the minds of most medical specialists, even if they aren’t sure exactly how it will affect their practices and their patients. PHM is a sustainable health care delivery model aimed at delivering better patient outcomes at lower costs. The goal of PHM is to keep a patient population as healthy as possible while reducing costs by minimizing hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and unnecessary imaging procedures.

Here are the dos and don’ts when hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros – Healthcare IT News

Healthcare organizations are wrestling with a vast number of cybersecurity job openings and the dearth of professionals to fill those roles. While many companies opt to train existing staff or use contractors, there are steps healthcare organizations can take to make finding and hiring a cybersecurity professional less challenging.

New study reveals longer follow-up time for Asian-American women after abnormal mammogram – NBC News

Asian-American women are less likely to receive timely follow-up treatment after an abnormal mammogram compared to white women, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer. This delay could potentially put Asian-American women at a higher risk of delayed breast cancer diagnoses.

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