The following post was contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors.
A recent JACR article confirmed what most radiologists have long suspected — we serve more Medicare patients than any other specialty. This may uniquely position us to coordinate the imaging care our patients receive.
How do we leverage these many opportunities for more interaction and partnership with referring providers to make sure our patients get the best care possible?
Radiologists can do so through federally funded — and ACR-operated — Radiology Support Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) and increasingly through other appropriate use criteria-based clinical decision support systems. Medicare will require use of these systems starting Jan. 1, 2020.
The sheer volume of patients we care for may also provide opportunity for more interaction with patients through direct reporting of results to patients or via the emerging use of patient portals.
The point is — we do not have to remain in the dark (room). If we choose to, we can do more to cement our public place as part of the patient care team.
More interaction may not be something that all (or even most) of us may choose — but the opportunities are there.
- Are you surprised that radiologists provide care for more patients than other physicians?
- Do you see opportunities in your own practice or system for radiologists to have more interaction with patients and referring providers?