How radiology practices can balance imaging demand during the shift to value-based care

Updated: Apr 17

Imaging case volume for radiology departments is on the rise across the United States. This growth has been encouraged by a number of factors, including:

  • Growing patient population size

  • Aging patient population

  • Increased use of imaging services

  • Increased complexity of patient cases

Coupled with the ongoing shortage of providers, this increased workload contributes to physician burnout and an increased risk of medical errors. This can reduce the quality of care, creating a challenge in the shift to a value-based model.

So how can radiology practices continue to follow the principles of value-based care?

In a March 2 article in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, a team of radiology experts recommended several solutions. Visit Radiology Business for the full story.

1. More appropriate imaging use should include evidence-based practice guidelines and computerized clinical decision-support systems. Residents may also act as consultants for radiologists.

2. Shortening MRI protocols and scan time can improve throughput and reduce radiologist workload and burnout.

3. The use of 24/7 in-house attending coverage from radiologists can reduce turnaround time while improving emergency department workflow and quality of care. However, this is a potentially costly approach.

4. Radiology departments and practices should improve communication of results to ordering providers. This may be accomplished by flagging results in the electronic system, the use of ancillary staff, or hiring a dedicated reading room assistant.

5. Additional measures can reduce radiologist burnout:

  • Strategies that build resilience among staff

  • Practicing mindfulness

  • Addressing administrative issues that can cause physician fatigue, such as lack of autonomy, burdensome clerical work, or inefficient workflows.

Reducing provider workload and burnout is an important part of improving the quality of care. Novarad’s enterprise imaging solution, Ncompass, helps radiology departments improve quality and patient safety, enhance the patient experience, and increase cost efficiency without creating more frustrations for users.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you build a customized strategy for your organization.

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