Dr. Katie Lozano is a vRad teleradiologist.

Ironically, working from home I feel closer to my team than ever before

For me, the collegiality of the practice of radiology is a highlight of my daily work. When I first considered leaving a traditional practice for teleradiology, I was worried that working remotely would leave me feeling disconnected. In actuality, I’ve never felt more engaged in a supportive and interdependent team committed to delivering quality patient…

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First Read Initiative: Making imaging accessible to those in need

Over 4 billion people – two-thirds of the global population – do not have access to imaging technology or radiology services, according to RAD-AID. The lack of effective diagnostic tools has dire consequences for patients in unserved and underserved regions of the world. vRad teleradiologist Josh Sokol, MD wants to tackle this problem and improve…

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What everyone needs to know to ensure we all get paid

Claims management is essential to patient care. If a facility is not properly reimbursed for medical services rendered, patient care will ultimately be compromised. When it comes to radiology services, often those on the front lines of patient care – the technologists, those scheduling imaging services, clinicians, and even our radiologists – aren’t fully aware…

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How credentialing processes must evolve in the age of telemedicine

  Hospitals and clinics are integrating more tele-services into their everyday protocols as the telemedicine model continues to demonstrate the potential for them to deliver better, more cost-effective care. However, while new protocols for providing quality care are rapidly evolving, many organizations continue to follow internal credentialing bylaws and standards developed to support a dated…

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How medical staff offices benefit from telehealth credentialing agreements

  Patient safety is the name of the game in credentialing. It is a process essential to ensuring quality care. However, the traditional primary source verification (PSV) approach to credentialing is antiquated in the age of telemedicine. Credentialing agreements between hospitals and telehealth providers uphold high standards of care, while significantly reducing medical staff administration…

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Imaging Essential to Certification for Successful Stroke Centers

  Radiologists must design protocols that enable clinical partners to achieve stroke certification. Medicine is at the forefront of a revolution in stroke diagnosis and treatment, as my colleague Dr. Dym recently elucidated. Independent certification empowers the care organizations that will lead the fight against the disease, helping ensure staffs are armed with the best…

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CAD-RADS: Improving Cardiac Care with a Common Language

  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.7 million people a year.  That’s a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Cardiac imaging and vascular imaging are critical in foreseeing an event before it happens. A coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) uses an injection of iodine-rich…

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