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R-SCAN: Successful Collaboration Made Easier

When it comes to teamwork between radiologists and clinicians to improve patient care, R-SCAN™ gives you the tools. All you need now is the team.

The guest moderator of the most recent JACR monthly tweetchat, held in the evening on Thursday, April 27, was Max Wintermark, MD, the R-SCAN clinical advisor and a neuroradiologist at Stanford. He discussed the following questions:

  • What is R-SCAN? How will it affect patients and physicians? 
  • Why participate in R-SCAN? 
  • What is the current status of R-SCAN?
R-SCAN stands for Radiology Support Communication and Alignment Network. R-SCAN qualifies as an Improvement Activity under the CMS Quality Payment Program and is designed to bring radiologists and referring clinicians together to increase high-value imaging and thereby improve patient care.

R-SCAN is built like a PQI project. It's an off-the-shelf step-wise process that includes baseline, intervention, and post-intervention components. Focused on imaging Choosing Wisely® topics, the R-SCAN process aims to reduce unnecessary imaging tests. But don't think that R-SCAN is a one-size-fits-all program. You don't have to be married to a Choose Wisely topic to apply the R-SCAN process and tools. If you and your team have a special interest outside of the Choosing Wisely topics, contact the R-SCAN team about creating your topic.

R-SCAN provides an enormous opportunity to lead medicine in making significant change that positively impacts patients.

— William Thorwarth, MD, FACR, CEO of ACR

Of the interesting facts about R-SCAN I learned during the tweetchat, the most eye-opening was how many radiologists and non-radiologists have partnered on teams to employ R-SCAN at their own institutions. Dr. Wintermark reported that, as of March 31, R-SCAN has signed up 3,748 radiologists and 5,192 clinicians.

It was especially heartening to learn that non-radiologists and hospital administrators spoke so highly of the R-SCAN program, including improved radiologist-clinician relations, a real feather in the cap of the ACR and its member radiologists.

R-SCAN participation is an excellent starting point for practices looking to succeed in a value-based payment world.

— Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, Vice Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors

Other than its track record of success, why should you participate in R-SCAN? R-SCAN participation gives you free access to a customized version of ACR Select™, the point-of-care clinical decision support based on the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®. In the near future, in order to receive reimbursement for advanced imaging studies, CMS will require consultation of appropriate use criteria, so now is the best time to jump on board the R-SCAN bandwagon.

As if you needed any more motivation, you can also get maintenance of certification credit for your work. This applies not only to radiologists but also to internal medicine providers who participate on teams, a little icing on the R-SCAN collaboration cake!

R-SCAN is easy, effective, meaningful and timely. So how can you find out more about what R-SCAN does and how you can participate?

Read more:

 R-SCAN: Admission and Preoperative Chest X-Rays for Ambulatory Patients with Unremarkable History and Physical Examination 

R-SCAN: Why We Should Care!

See More:

Imaging 3.0 Case Study: Homing in on Quality

Moving to Value-Based Imaging With R-SCAN: The Baylor Experience


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Attending ACR 2017? Visit the ACR booth to see a demo, get your questions answered, and sign up!

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