The Big Picture 2015

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 - Claudette Lew

With the release of the ONC Roadmap on Interoperability last week, as well as the announcement from the HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, on the department’s vision for an accelerated shift to value-based reimbursement, it seems like healthcare leadership in the U.S. is on a focused, and coordinated path toward continued healthcare transformation in 2015 and beyond.

What does this mean for radiology practices in 2015? Surely radiologists should stay on track preparing to meet milestones such as ICD-10 implementation in October, which ultimately means increasing the level of clinical documentation and perhaps standard reporting practices used in radiology practices. Additionally, as healthcare moves toward a more interoperable landscape, the importance of data collection and analysis will continue to rise, the ultimate goal being  to identify means and opportunities to provide quality care at the right time and at an affordable cost to both the patient as well as the provider. 

Thought for the day: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  ~Socrates