Volume + CDS = Equals Outpatient Success
A Change is Underway
The diagnostic imaging landscape has been experiencing a transformation from inpatient to ambulatory imaging destinations. Advisory Board is reporting that, “67% of imaging leaders anticipate volume growth at off-campus freestanding sites.” Dr. Steven Seltzer of Brigham and Woman’s Hospital shares a popular opinion of radiologists stating, “Our goal is to have imaging 10 minutes from your house.” Thus, creating the perfect access point for patients right in their own community providing less reason for a hospital visit.
Don’t Forget About CDS
Being that 49% of imaging leaders have opened an off-campus site (or plan to do so in the next 2 years), systemic efficiency as well as plans to maximize volume capture need to be identified and implemented. An added component to this preparation is considering how clinical decision support (CDS) systems will be enlisted to best serve your patient population and ensure your success.
CDS’ primary role is to enable clinicians to quickly and confidently determine the appropriateness of an imaging test at the point of care while meeting CMS requirements. For example, software technology like ACR Select helps gather and sort data to assist in providing higher quality care at a lower cost. And, with CDS comes tighter federal regulations and uncertain insurance payouts causing executives to focus on 3 ways to help deliver the best results while still maximizing volume.
Compete on Price
- Provide point-of-service discounts
- Incentivize with off-peak appointment pricing
- Schedule patients at lower cost freestanding sites
- Integrate radiologists in the care team
- Offer minor procedures on-site
- Make online scheduling available
- Offer diverse modalities in more convenient locations
The new CDS requirements and coverage mandates will put a significant dent in provider annual budgets. By taking advantage of Shared Imaging’s flexible financial terms, we can give you the best economic value for your technology needs. This allows you to preserve your capital for other strategic projects such as enhancing IT infrastructure to accommodate the increased patient volume at ambulatory sites. Shared Imaging will eliminate the risk of making a long-term financial investment, while still delivering high end imaging technology to your patients.