article index by Timothy Myers

We have adopted a multidisciplinary approach to working with radiologists and radiology groups. This page provides an index of the articles, blogs an white papers we have available for review. There are links for each article as well as a brief preview.

Peacefield Consulting has four business segments, each focusing on a different area with individual articles and posts. Selecting one of the general links below will take you to the specific articles and posts in that area:

Radiology continues to evolve. With that evolution, many groups are taking advantage of the changes and becoming stronger. Many other groups realize the changes provide opportunities; however, how to take advantage of those opportunities is unclear. Peacefield Consulting can engage each of these types of groups helping to increase strength, work to find a clear vision and develop a pathway to a strong future.

PEACEFIELD RADIOLOGY SELECTS SCRIPTOR SOFTWARE AS PARTNER FOR INNOVATION AND IMPROVED RADIOLOGIST PERFORMANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS / NOVEMBER 29, 2015

Peacefield Radiology is now working with Scriptor Software to provide radiologists with an innovative solution for improving efficiency, report quality and professional fee revenue using breakthrough software to improve radiologist.

Peacefield Radiology is now distributing rScriptor software providing personalized radiologist training, Tier 1 and Tier 2 support for forward thinking and aggressive groups who want a software solution that has been tested and proven by radiologists.

Find out more… Introducing Scriptor Software and rScriptor

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QUALITY - THREE CONCEPTS FOR RADIOLOGY REPORTS / AUGUST 17, 2015

Quality is something we put into each interpretation and each report.

Radiologists who put a lot of time and careful thought into rendering their interpretations are many times not taking that same level of care in presenting those thoughts.

Regardless of how carefully we review the images or how difficult a diagnosis we make, if we do not then put that information into an actionable format by creating a document that is understandable, the patient and the clinician will not benefit from our thoughts or reasoning.

Complete Article:  QUALITY - THREE CONCEPTS FOR RADIOLOGY REPORTS 


SOCIAL MEDIA IS CRITICAL IN GETTING YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR CLIENTS /JULY 31, 2015

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Social media is a critical component in getting your message to your clinicians, hospital administration and patients. Effective communication that is interesting and provides timely information sets your group apart and allows you to engage your clients with information about you, radiology and imaging.

 In the following article by  Greg Matthews in Social Media Insights & Trendsthe need for effective social media is highlighted as a necessity to ensure not just your message is being heard but that your group and what you do as part of the “continuum of care” are known and understood.

WHY THE EVOLUTION OF RADIOLOGY INCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA

We need to come out of the reading room – both literally and figuratively – to engage more proactively and meaningfully with referring physicians and patients. The fact is that patients will receive better care – and outcomes – with a more engaged radiologist.

Roger Eng, MD – President-Elect of the California Radiological Society

Complete Article: SOCIAL MEDIA IS CRITICAL IN GETTING YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR CLIENTS


WHO TOOK THE ‘QUALITY’ OUT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE? / JULY 29, 2015

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Healthcare is changing. Programs are being developed and put into action based on the industry’s movement from a quantity structure to quality structure. We have all heard of this shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-quality in radiology, and on the face of it, these concepts are simple. Truly enacting them ; however, is proving to be problematic at best.

We need to demonstrate not only value and the relevance to the patient care. To do this we need to evaluate the quality of our work, not just what passes for accuracy under the current forms of quality assurance review.

Complete Article: WHO TOOK THE ‘QUALITY’ OUT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE?


IMPROVING RADIOLOGIST PERFORMANCE - IT'S NOT ABOUT SPEED/ JULY 27, 2015

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Radiologists are the most expensive resource a radiology group possesses. Each radiologist must perform at their maximum efficiency in order to provide the greatest benefit to the group.  Radiologist compensation strategies, in order to remain in line with the new payment schemes need to be based on increased quality and efficiency, not just quantity.

Its not about speed, its about efficiency, quality and accuracy.

Complete Article: IMPROVING RADIOLOGIST PERFORMANCE - IT'S NOT ABOUT SPEED


3 ESSENTIALS TO DEVELOPING A PATIENT-FOCUSED CULTURE/MAY 28, 2015

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“Culture trumps strategy—every time!” Peter Bartling

Whenever I mention or quote this line, no one looks at me with surprise, and I have never had anyone ask me to explain what it means. Yet the one thing lacking in most radiology groups is a culture that creates and rewards the three essentials required for success in today’s healthcare environment:

  1. The development of entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thought processes directed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness that drive improved productivity and profitability.
  2. The development of an aggressive, client-driven focus where each radiologist is motivated to develop and implement practices that can lead to gains in patient satisfaction, client satisfaction and retention.
  3. The development of an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation and collaboration rather than dictatorship, command and control.

Complete Article: 3 ESSENTIALS TO DEVELOPING A PATIENT-FOCUSED CULTURE


BUILDING A CULTURE OF SUCCESS: THE FOUR CRITICAL COMPONENTS /MAY 28, 2015

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The term "Radiology Department" is one that is rapidly becoming obsolete. What was once defined as a collection of radiologists is now a complex group of interrelated processes with the principal connection between them being the clients they serve. These clients include the patients who utilize the resources of that radiology department, the physicians and other healthcare professionals who rely on information obtained from them, and the hospital administration and staff who operate and function within these systems. 

This collection of radiological processes and the clients they serve make up a functional segment within the healthcare organization that today, can more accurately be called Imaging. Effectively managing an "Imaging Department" requires an understanding of imaging management that includes not only the end product, but also the end-user. Sustained, long-term success is inseparable from the success of the support team driving the patient, referring physician and radiologist experience. 

Complete Article: BUILDING A CULTURE OF SUCCESS: THE FOUR CRITICAL COMPONENTS


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDNAX’S ACQUISITION OF VRAD /MAY 25, 2015

Blog | May 25, 2015 Teleradiology

By Tim Myers, MD

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First, let's look at the overall deal. Mednax acquired vRad for $500 million in a cash transaction. This is approximately equal to 10x the EBITDA number provided by unnamed internal vRad sources for the article Newstone, Blackstone’s Credit Arm Hire Credit Suisse to Find Buyer for vRad in March, and discussed subsequently in the Diagnostic Imaging article, vRad Is For Sale. This figure surprised many and is approximately 2.5 to 3 times the amount that many insiders believed that vRad would eventually be sold for.

Regardless of what we may want to believe, retail radiology will be coming to a neighborhood near you. Having the information to understand the changing market is necessary to plan for the future.

Complete Article: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDNAX’S ACQUISITION OF VRAD


MATRIX RADIOLOGY: THE END OF RADIOLOGY AS WE KNOW IT /MAY 24, 2015

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The most common complaint heard by administrators regarding radiology is that radiologists do not participate in hospital affairs. The most common complaint heard by clinicians, is that we are not collegial in the way we deliver our services and we are out of touch with what delivering patient care means or requires.

Medicine in the new era of ACOs and the Affordable Care Act is beginning to function in a more fluid, and more open style of collaboration between physicians and hospital administrators. Unfortunately, most radiology services are still rendered in a siloed — or worse, fortress-style — of organization. In the past, the difference between the departments within a hospital and hospital administration itself were not as apparent. In the new paradigm, however, radiology and its introverted and insular practices are beginning to stand out as obstructions to moving forward with new programs and new ways of delivering care.

Radiologists need to learn how to participate and then to lead.

Complete Article: MATRIX RADIOLOGY: THE END OF RADIOLOGY AS WE KNOW IT


TIS THE SEASON…FOR MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS IN RADIOLOGY /APRIL 29, 2015

Diagnostic Imaging

Blog | April 29, 2015 Practice ManagementTeleradiology

By Tim Myers, MD

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Amid the hype and public relations blitz of the announcement of the Aris acquisition of Optimal, is there only light, or is there perhaps some heat as well?

With more than 160 radiologists, this deal creates the second largest grouping, if not group, of radiologists in the U.S. With these kinds of numbers, the roles of the radiologist leadership in this mega-imaging conglomerate become paramount. Whether you are for or against this acquisition or any such increased corporate move into imaging and radiology, the one clear bright spot in the deal is the chief medical officer (CMO) for Optimal, now Aris, Chad Calendine, MD.

Complete Article:  TIS THE SEASON…FOR MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS IN RADIOLOGY 


VRAD IS FOR SALE: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR RADIOLOGY? /MARCH 27, 2015

Diagnostic Imaging

Blog | March 27, 2015 TeleradiologyPractice Management

By Tim Myers, MD

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On March 12, 2015, an article published on Dow Jones’ Private Equity & Venture Capital news and data portal reported that Newstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners had retained Credit Suisse Group to begin the sales process for Virtual Radiologic (vRad). This ends months of insider speculation regarding the future of the largest corporate provider of national teleradiology services, which began to surface even before RSNA in November 2014.

The article, “Newstone, Blackstone’s Credit Arm Hire Credit Suisse to Find Buyer for vRad,” suggests vRad’s slow march to the auction block has been anything but inevitable. But despite merging with Nighthawk Radiology Services via Providence Equity Partners in 2011, along with other advantages, the article goes so far as to describe “years of turmoil,” decreasing profit margins, and “client attrition [that] nearly drove the company to bankruptcy protection,” with equity from Providence being “largely wiped out.”

Complete Article: VRAD IS FOR SALE: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR RADIOLOGY? 


IS TELERADIOLOGY RIGHT FOR RADIOLOGY?/NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Diagnostic Imaging

November 19, 2014

 Blog  | TeleradiologyPractice Management

By Tim Myers, MD

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As we prepare to mark the yearly vigil known as “RSNA”, during which we revisit all aspects of radiology, a recurring question remains, “Is teleradiology right for radiology?”

Complete Article: S TELERADIOLOGY RIGHT FOR RADIOLOGY?