Urgent care is well established as an appropriate destination for many patients whose symptoms are not being limb- or life-threatening. When a truly emergent case presents, however, we need to provide immediate care and assess whether the patient can receive optimal care on site or needs transfer to higher-acuity setting.
The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims.
New Appropriateness Criteria (AC) patient summaries from the American College of Radiology 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. The first examples of what may be a first-of-its kind series of summaries created by patients for patients in everyday language are now published online in Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) .
Influenza tends to get all the headlines at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only seasonal complaint patients are likely to present with at urgent care centers. Frigid temperatures and icy roadways and sidewalks are sending many patients to healthcare providers in multiple settings.
Pardee UNC Health Care in North Carolina and WVU Medicine in West Virginia are among the hospitals and systems advising area residents to make full use of local urgent care centers as flu cases mount, slamming emergency rooms with more visitors than they can handle efficiently. Pardee is pleading with area residents who have flu-like symptoms—or any non–life-threatening complaint—to stay away from the ED and instead visit one of its urgent care facilities.
The holidays are gone, but winter is far from over. With the colder temperatures that bring snow and ice, comes an increased risk for orthopedic injuries in your patient population. Use this time of year as an opportunity to build trust you’re your referral partners and educate patients on safety techniques to reduce and prevent winter-related injuries.
Establishing patient- and family-centered models of care is a goal all radiologists should strive for. With reimbursement models increasingly tied to health outcomes, radiology is in position to add value to the healthcare system.
The 2018 update season has brought some interesting news for orthopedics, from staggering numbers of ICD-10-CM changes to removing TKA code 27447 from the inpatient-only list. Here are some ins (things you can do to improve current systems) and outs (ideas to consider beyond what you currently provide) to think about for 2018.
Healthcare leaders should ask these four questions before embarking on an operational strategy that promotes cost optimization.