CDS: What Radiologists Should Do Between Now and 2017

The following post was contributed by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR 

This weekend I will be traveling to the ACR’s Practice Leaders’ Meeting in Atlanta. This is a great venue for radiologists to network with peers as well as hear some excellent speakers like Rich Duszak, CMO of the Neiman Health Policy Institute on bundled payments and Larry Muroff on hospital contracting among many others. I’m looking forward to a session I am moderating with Greg Matthews, a media consultant at WCG, on Getting Over your Fears about Social Media and hoping to manage any heckling from the Radiology Twitterati like Matt Hawkins and Harry Jha who’ll be in the audience!

My other topic is of critical importance so I’m glad to be talking about it with this influential group of radiologists. Effective January 2017, Medicare will require use of a clinical decision support tool whenever advanced imaging is ordered. Failure to do so by the ordering physician (or failure to document that it occurred) puts the radiologist’s technical component payment at risk. So what should radiologists be doing between now and 2017? In a nutshell: educating themselves as well as their referring physician community about the ACR’s Appropriateness Criteria and the various electronic ways they can now be accessed for decision support is the first step. Next we’ll all need to set up workflows to support our colleagues when they get a “yellow” or indeterminate recommendation. Most importantly we need to establish a clear leadership role in our health systems and our communities so that we are seen as the owners of appropriate and quality imaging. This is a huge Imaging 3.0 opportunity for us and it’s time to get started!

Imaging 3.0 related sessions are also a focus at The Crossroads – ACR 2015™, the College’s all-new, all radiology annual meeting, May 17-21 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

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