Quality Corner, v1.1

Quality Corner, v1.1

The rationale behind Quality Corner.

An online publication by the Radiology Quality Team

Welcome to The Quality Corner. The Quality Team will be sharing information about our quality program and excerpts from articles about quality issues. We can all continue development of our understanding of the parameters for quality improvement and the statutory and institutional requirements for our individual physicians and department. The mandate from our Chair is that our department will take a leadership role in quality and creating value metrics for our department.

With increasing demands from the federal government, the health insurance industry, and the general public for increased efficiency and effectiveness for health care dollars spent, it is no longer enough for radiologists to understand just the imaging findings.

In an attempt to not overburden anyone with information, we will create a monthly edition of the Quality Corner with brief updates and pertinent information and would welcome and greatly appreciate any feedback or ideas to perpetuate the program both in content as well as suggestions for improvement of process. We want this program to be as seamless as possible for the members of our department and still accomplish our goals for quality improvement.

We will also be presenting some brief vignettes about the program and our projects in the 10 minute Quality Corner/Reporting Metrics Section during our monthly faculty meetings.

“With increasing demands from the federal government, the health insurance industry, and the general public for increased efficiency and effectiveness for health care dollars spent, it is no longer enough for radiologists to understand just the imaging findings. All of us will need to understand how our imaging impressions and recommendations impact patient care on the individual and population levels and show our added value to multiple stakeholders.

Moreover, as new models for reimbursement, such as accountable care organizations, bundled payments, and pay-for-performance, are developed within the broader health care landscape, radiologists will need to focus less on how they will be paid and more on contemplating the challenge of aligning incentives with value and quality of care. Moreover, clinical radiologists are consulted daily by the full gamut of generalists and specialists and are in an excellent position to contribute to solving systemic problems in health services with a unique, panoramic view of an entire patient population. There will be demand for new quality markers for all healthcare providers that will tangibly affect how services are reimbursed”. (Lee/Forman AJR2011)