Alignment in Radiology

Hospital-radiology alignment is a growing concern across the healthcare industry. Better methods by which to achieve important objectives are being presented in the US, hospitals and radiologists attempting to provide the the best possible patient care. Health-care stakeholders, legislators, insurers,and regulators are increasingly occupied with radiology due to requested service improvements and implementation of mechanisms increasing cost-controls. Hospitals employing primary care and specialty physicians for increased efficiency and better health care. Radiology has not been traditionally considered an mandatory in-house service, as others such as blood labs.

Radiologists are unanimously supportive of alignment, however, the exact methodology is not exactly known. Radiology Associates of Canton have gone on record with concerns, and have formed a contractual arrangement that gives certain responsibilities to the group that would have been under the jurisdiction of the hospital. Radiology groups are now strategically planning, in union with investors, to fund more alignment agreement projects between radiologists and physician groups. The practical benefit of this can be found in faster turnarounds for the hospital, as well as radiologists. A common radiological request for better equipment budgets is an example of one reason as to why radiologists may not meet the demands of today’s rapid healthcare needs. Tackling problems like this will ensure elimination of a mutual dissatisfaction between the hospitals and radiology departments.

Hospitals and radiology departments are eager to discuss co-management for other reasons. There are additional sources of compensation to be gained from these agreements. Security for long-term contractual agreements between radiology and hospitals. Hospitals are able to issue tax exempt bonds for on-site radiology services and this satisfies specific tax requirements regarding the issuing of the bonds. These tax-exempt bonds are not allowed in the case of outpatient cases requiring radiology. Separate contracts issued for outpatient radiology providers may also facilitate more participation and control amongst providers and radiologists alike.

As a leading provider of radiology services, Imaging Advantage understands the need for better provider – specialty provider relationships. Offering a multitude of providers different forms of radiology and teleradiology, facilitating beneficial contracts between hospitals and radiologists is integral better patient care. Unique radiology billing models not only increase effective patient care, but also allow hospitals and providers a feeling of greater transparency existing within the partnerships. Knowing that now every provider if going to need the same level service is part of Imaging Advantages unique appeal. Imaging Advantage’s specially tailored programs give providers the flexibility they need to provide the best patient care without delayed turnaround and confusion.

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