The perennially popular Economics Forum at the American College of Radiology (ACR) 2018 Annual Meeting May 21 in Washington, DC, kept true to course with focal points on upholding fee-for-service payments, navigating the ongoing (yet manageable) evolution of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), as well as embracing population health-centered services.
Digital technologies open up a new world for medical care. Within hospitals, artificial intelligence (AI) is the driver for breakthrough radiological imagery, while interconnectivity provides doctors and hospital staff with seamless supervision of patient care. Outside hospitals, both AI and interconnectivity empower doctors to bring quality care to remote patients via telemedicine.
On-demand care is no longer limited to urgent care and the emergency room.
MRSA, an infection that was once typically observed in health care settings, has spread into the community over the past 2 decades, with increased but sporadic rates of colonization with the bacterium observed within the pediatric population since 2001.
The collection of summaries helps patients better understand which imaging tests may be best for their condition.
As healthcare shifts to patient-centered care, healthcare marketers must understand the importance of improving patient experience and maximizing outcomes.
New ACR Appropriateness Criteria Patient Summaries May Be First-of-Its-Kind Step to More Patient-Centered Care
New Appropriateness Criteria (AC) Patient Summaries can help patients better understand which imaging tests may be best for their condition or why they may not need an imaging exam at all.
For several years, Medicare has tied hospital reimbursement to its definition of quality of care. Poorly performing hospitals can be penalized as much as 2% of their Medicare payments. As part of Medicare’s assessment of quality, surveys are used to measure patient experience and satisfaction.
Urgent message: While many people perceive HIPAA as a law governing patient privacy, protection and standards for personal health information is only one aspect of this law, which was originally intended to regulate health insurance.
Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Practice Velocity, LLC and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine.
As many healthcare systems continue to break ground on their own urgent care facilities and others scan the horizon for operations ripe for acquisition, a third option is starting to pick up steam: Some hospitals are contracting with third parties to run their urgent care business in the hope of ensuring their in-house “startups” are operated by industry veterans.