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J Am Coll Radiol. 2007 Apr;4(4):217-23.

Defining quality in radiology.

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Department of Radiology and Health Services, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA. craige@u.washington.edu

Abstract

The introduction of pay for performance in medicine represents an opportunity for radiologists to define quality in radiology. Radiology quality can be defined on the basis of the production model that currently drives reimbursement, codifying the role of radiologists as being limited to the production of timely and accurate radiology reports produced in conditions of maximum patient safety and communicated in a timely manner. Alternately, quality in radiology can also encompass the professional role of radiologists as diagnostic imaging specialists responsible for the appropriate use, selection, interpretation, and application of imaging. Although potentially challenging to implement, the professional model for radiology quality is a comprehensive assessment of the ways in which radiologists add value to patient care. This essay is a discussion of the definition of radiology quality and the implications of that definition.

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PMID:
17412271
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacr.2006.11.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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