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Radiology Management

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https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726647/the-diagnostic-imagination-in-radiology-part-2
#1
Rodney Sappington
Developing algorithms for the improve- ment of diagnostic care leverages tech- nologies and techniques developed across industries that are exponentially being improved, developed, and tested. Machine learning means extracting patterns not only from patient level obser- vations or a radiologist's primary diag- nosis, but from secondary diagnoses, incidental findings, claims data and similarities with other patients for predictive benefit. The business model for radiology will be based on deeply knowing and leveraging existing data and generating data on patients that can be reused and made easily accessible for-future algo- rithms and changes in healthcare policy and reimbursement...
March 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726646/enhancing-patient-safety-using-medical-imaging-informatics
#2
Mahtab Karami, Nasrin Hafizi
A set of performance indicators and metrics related to patient safety that classifies and measures mistakes can prevent errors in medical imaging. The potential of harm in this department is high since it is a complicated environ- ment in terms of diversity of services, patient mix, personnel, equipment, tech- nology, and information. In such an environment, it is necessary to define aframeworkto identify safety inci- dents, analyze them, provide solutions for preventing them, and give feedback on the results...
March 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726645/leading-and-motivating-generation-y-employees
#3
Curtis Bush
This is the first time in history to have four generations in the workforce at the same time. As the generations transi- tion and turnover, it is important to determine what makes the most recent generation "tick" Generation Y is new, innovative, and likes to be social. That is a change from what has been tradition- ally taught in leadership courses. Mentorship has become a key factor in gaining trust and engagement from generation Y employees. While there are intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivate all employees, generation Y has shown to be more intrinsically moti- vated than extrinsically...
March 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726644/accounting-basics-part-4-net-present-value
#4
Carole A South-Winter, Jason C Porter
MaKing and justitying capital expenditures can be a difficult part of a supervi- sory or managerial position. Understanding more advanced accounting tools for justifying these expenditures, like Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV), can improve the chances of receiving necessary funding. NPV avoids the weaknesses of the IRR method by allowing decision makers to specify when cash flows will occur instead of assuming that net cash flows will be equal each year ofa project. Taking the time to learn basic account- ing definitions and tools can improve your ability to manage and provide greater opportunities to help patients, staff, and the community...
March 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725549/the-certainty-of-change
#5
Gordon Ah Tye
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725548/from-the-outside-looking-in
#6
Julie Kaufield
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725547/ct-utilization-a-case-study-in-iran-based-on-acr-appropriateness-criteria
#7
Zahra Meidani, Yaser Hamidian, Mehrdad Farzandipour, Akbar Aliasgharzade
Lue to the importance ot controlling healthcare costs and appropriate utiliza- tion of imaging, this study evaluates CT scan utilization based on the ACR appropriateness criteria in patients at Kashan University of Medical Sciences Tertiary Care University Hospital (KAUMS-TCUH) in Kashan, Iran. Of CT scans performed, imaging proce- dures were rated as inappropriate (9.1%), may be appropriate (11.9%), and appropriate (78.9%). Findings revealed that the highest rates for appropriate and inappropriate requests pertained to trauma (101, 87...
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725546/maximize-marketing-with-a-deeper-dive-into-data-and-metrics
#8
Tina Rudisill, Gail Schwartz
In the current business environment for contract radiology services, a more stra- tegic approach to marketing can strengthen the ability of an organization to retain existing contracts and win new ones. Although over 70% of surveyed AHRA members believe that marketing is valued within their organizations, only a quarter rated their current marketing programs as highly effective. Survey responses indicate recognition of an unmet need for-marketing programs that are data driven and designed to be evaluated based on meas6rable outcomes...
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725545/mri-upgrade-a-case-study-in-germany
#9
Benjamin Kaltenbach, Andrei Roman, Julian L Wichmann, Sebastian Fischer, Katrin Eichler, Thomas J Vogl, Stephan Zangos
The purpose of this work was a cost analysis for the acquisition of two new MRI devices in a university hospital. The costs of a classical exchange (new purchase) were compared to those of a system upgrade. Taking the local circumstances into account, up to $121,000 could be saved with. the system upgrade for one MRI system compared to a classic exchange. Upgrades of the 1.5 and 3 Tesla systems were performed within 15 working days without any problems or restrictions. The number of examinations per day could be increased from 13...
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30725544/accounting-basics-part-3-time-value-and-internal-rate-of-return
#10
Jason C Porter, Carole A South-Winter
Understanding the principles behind the time value of money can help individuals succeed in both business and personal long-term planning. The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) method provides a straightforward way to analyze long-term financial decisions. The result, the project's IRR, is a simple percentage that is easy to explain and compare with the results from other projects. When considering multiple investments, it is relatively simple to rank them by their IRRs, make minor adjustments to the list for qualitative issues, and invest down the list until the funds for the year have been spent...
January 2017: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30645788/the-diagnostic-imagination-in-radiology-part-1
#11
Rodney Sappington
*Machines that dream, the restless impulse for technical change that has marked radiology from its beginning and forays into deep neural networks, will no doubt unsettle long-held institu- tional practices in radiology. *A willingness to collaborate and puzzle through machine intelligence has come from those who have not accepted the status quo. A certain form of scientific curiosity has been a guiding principle in their work. *In radiology, machine intelligence has been extremely useful and built into just about every major technical innovation...
November 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30645787/oh-no-new-codes
#12
Melody W Mulaik
It would be easy to think that there is no way that there could be more coding changes, but alas, that is not the case. A new year is upon us and so are new coding changes. This year there are more changes for interventional services than regular diagnostic services but the new changes will impact every radiology organization. As of the writing of this article all of the supporting guidance that we look to for additional information is not yet available so more guidance will be needed to ensure proper code assignment...
November 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30645786/mri-ferromagnetic-detector-system-fatigue-study
#13
Ronald Bucci, Robert Ferguson, Holly Frank
*Ferromagnetic detectors capable of alerting MRI operators to potentially lethal projectile risks have been proven to increase patient safety. What is less well known is how such benefits may change over time. *The staff was involved in the whole study as they were trained on the use of the system, asked to record events that alerted the detector, and participated in follow up conversations about the impact of the systems and concerns or questions. *While a metal detection system is capable of reducing the number of incidents in which metal objects are brought into the MRI suite, technologists do become fatigued with the alarms in an MRI system and do not always consciously hear it...
November 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30645785/a-team-approach-for-ct-protocol-optimization
#14
Timothy P Szczykutomicz, Myron Pozniak
* This article demonstrates that using several protocol change scenarios to illustrate how combining the expertise of a radiologist, CT technologist, a medical physicist, schedulers, and IT personnel would result in a better outcome for protocol optimization, management, and review. * While a team can develop a protocol change, it is not a given that they would then be capable of disseminating that change in a well-documented manner to all scanners within the CT fleet of their enterprise. Several scenarios are used to demonstrate these complexities and interrelationships...
November 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30645784/accounting-basics-part-2-justify-capital-spending
#15
Jason C Porter, Carole A Smith-Winter
Making and justifying capital expenditures can be a difficult part of a supervisory or managerial position. Understanding some basic tools for making estimates and calculating values can help simplify this process. Breaking down some of the most common accounting methods into a six-step, intuitive process allows everyone, even those with little or no accounting background, to use and understand the results of these tools. Accounting tools can seem complex when they are first used, but after walking through them step-by-step and practicing them, they can become an essential tool in working with executives and other administrators...
November 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726598/employee-incentives-in-healthcare-an-eight-year-comparison
#16
Richard Mckinnies, Sandra Collins, Sandra Watts, Cristian Lieneck
The healthcare industry continues to experience changes as initiatives related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 ensue. As healthcare costs and quality continue to be investi- gated by industry professionals, previ- ous research continues to support the direct relationship between the overall patient experience and employee job satisfaction levels.-3 This study was conducted to further analyze previous incentive data collect- ed from 2007 and 2012 and compare it to an updated healthcare employee incentive survey completed in 2015...
September 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726597/current-employment-practices-and-future-preferences-for-multicredentialed-technologists-in-nebraska
#17
Kimberly Michael, Conner Coffin, Rhonda Sudbeck, Harlan Sayles, Tammy L Webster
A study was conducted to determine the current employment practices and future preferences of Nebraska hospitals regarding multicredentialed technologists. A survey was mailed to 104 hospital radi- ology departments in the state of Nebraska, asking for voluntary and confidential responses by radiology managers charged with hiring of radiologic technologists with a response rate of 51%. Nearly all respondents (93%) said it was very likely or fairly likely that they would hire a multicredentialed technologist in the future...
September 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726596/accounting-basics-part-1-application-in-healthcare
#18
Carole A South-Winter, Jason C Porter
Accounting terminology and methods are essential parts of management and can be used to improve the efficacy of communication with other managers and executives. While learning these terms and methods can seem daunting, the rewards are well worth the effort. Accounting terminology can seem almost as complex as medical terminology: revenues, expenses, iRR, net pres- ent value, and profit. However, manag- ers and supervisors don't need to understand all of those terms, just those most commonly used. Once those basics have been mastered, they will provide sufficient background to understand the many forms, information requests, and questions accounting and finance lead- ers will provide and request...
September 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30726595/improving-customer-service-with-accommodations-and-recognition
#19
Debra Parrish
Sometimes in life it is the little things that provide for a positive reputation with patients and our communities. There is little money required for each of us to place ourselves in the patient's role and ask ourselves how we would like to be treated. Some areas where little to no cost customer service improvements can be made are in scheduling, face-to-face- encounters, and with setting and managing expectations. Employees should be encouraged to end each conversation with an expression of gratitude, whether ending a telephone call or showing a patient to the exit-the tone with which a patient encounter ends is as important as how it begins...
September 2016: Radiology Management
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30508330/formal-leaders-perceptions-of-informal-leaders
#20
Christopher S Hunt, Roy T Landry, Bernard J Kerr
* Informal leaders are present in healthcare organizations. They exercise influence over their peers, which can impact the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. The purpose of this study was to explore formal leaders' perceptions of informal leaders in their organizations in order to further the knowledge base and permit managers to better develop positive informal leader strategies. A total of 322 respondents (AHRA members) returned valid surveys in response to the study. Questions contained in the survey assessed the following factors: Professional Competency, Supporting the Mission, Influence of Informal Leaders, and Future of Informal Leaders...
July 2016: Radiology Management
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