Radiology, are you ready for 2017? Here are three projects you should consider adding to your practice resolutions for the New Year.
- Implement standardized report templates. There’s been entirely too much talk on this front and not enough action—and understandably so. It’s not easy, it takes time, tact, and deft diplomacy. The reasons to do so, however, are too compelling to ignore. In this issue, David Larson, MD, explained why—and how—he undertook this initiative three different times: because it makes dictating easier for radiologists, and it makes reports easier to understand by referring clinicians.
If the two reasons mentioned by Larson aren’t enough to inspire action on your part, consider this: Some national radiology services providers and teleradiology companies use structured reports as a differentiator. Before you begin, pick up an excellent book on radiology reports by Curtis Langlotz, MD. No one has given this subject more thought.
- Explore registry reporting of quality data. The American College of Radiology has spent more than 10 years building its registries and a good deal of effort getting the umbrella registry, the National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR), approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System for 2016. In the spring, the NRDR will be available for use for 2017 MIPS reporting.
As a result, radiologists can report on specialty-specific quality measures that have been developed by radiology for radiology rather than generic measures with marginal relevance. It also means that the college is adapting its TRIAD server, now used by practices that participate in ACRIN trials, for the purpose of automating quality reporting. Wouldn’t that be nice?
- Improve practice communication. Whether yours is hospital- or community-based, academic or private, every radiology practice should be actively improving communication with all of its constituents, including shareholders, hospital clients, referring physicians, patients, and payors. Don’t leave your communication to chance encounters, have a robust strategy in place.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year.