Back on track

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 - Claudette Lew
Claudette Lew, Associate Editor

The fall season is commonly known as the time that people get "back on track". Healthcare is no exception. With the official ICD-10 transition deadline finally announced, radiology practices can get back to the business of preparing physicians and staff for the new coding implementation. Many healthcare providers already spent a great deal of time and budget on preparations for the original October 1, 2014 date. Experts agree, however, that the extra time should be used wisely and preparations should continue.

The Senate’s recent approval of Robert McDonald as head of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) gives the organization a new leader with a fresh perspective to get the VA back on track as well. McDonald takes on an organization in crisis, unfortunately without the luxury of an extra 12 months to prepare.

As we move into the fall season of conferences, radiologists will be able to share best practices with one another, to get their practices on track, and work more efficiently and effectively serving customers and patients. Staying actively engaged with colleagues and customers will lead to collaborations and idea exchanges, as well as potential new opportunities, as we all adjust to the new landscape in healthcare.

Thought for the day:

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.” Abraham Lincoln.

 

Claudette Lew is associate editor, ImagingBiz.com.