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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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Why I’ll never go back to a traditional radiology practice

  One in a series from people sharing their experiences as vRad teleradiologists. In this entry, Jonathon Lee, MD, recounts how, through his search for a more family-friendly vocation, he discovered a trove of professional rewards that have renewed his passion for radiology.   In search of a better work/life balance, I walked away from…

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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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I wanted more family time. How vRad helped me find it.

  One in a series from people sharing their experiences as vRad teleradiologists. In this entry, Jonathon Lee, MD, explains what he discovered after stepping away from a partnership position to set sail toward a better work/life balance.   As was my primary goal when I finished med school, I achieved partnership in a successful…

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Better outcomes for stroke victims. With CT perfusion, time is on our side.

  A growing number of health organizations are making computed tomographic perfusion (CTP) a critical part of their stroke intervention protocols. Research, like the DAWN trials, supports stroke diagnosis and emergency interventional treatment (thrombectomy) up to 24 hours after symptom onset, extending the timeline during which an initial head CT report provides critical information. Further,…

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Why vRad? Finding Work-Life Balance with Barbara Michele McCorvey, M.D.

  Everything changes when you start a family. OK – not everything – not all at once – but it certainly does bring change. Let’s explore the story of a radiologist who faced – and embraced – that change with vRad.   Introducing Dr. Barbara Michele McCorvey Dr. Barbara Michele McCorvey is a fellowship trained…

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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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DAWN of a New Age for Stroke Imaging

  The DAWN Trials, among others, support positive results for stroke patients who first receive treatment up to 24 hours after symptom onset. Current guidelines that require treatment within 6 hours or less limit clinicians’ treatment options for stroke patients when initial signs may have gone unobserved, or when the patient may have been delayed…

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Want to get paid under AUC? A qualified CDSM may be your best insurance.

  Effective collaboration with your referring physicians can make the difference between getting paid or not getting paid. Cooperation between referring and ordering professionals becomes increasingly important with the approaching implementation date for the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, on January 1, 2020. Radiology groups that proactively align with hospitals and referring clinicians to jointly…

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