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Physician Retention: Keeping Your Best and Brightest Radiologists

More than 41% of radiologists separated from at least one practice over a recent four-year period, according to the Journal of the American College of Radiology, underscoring the specialty’s increasingly mobile nature.

Medical facilities bear the brunt of the costs associated with this transiency. Competition for a finite pool of qualified physicians is contributing to salary increases, with the average annual salary for radiologists exceeding $400,000 for the first time in 2019, up 3.6% over the previous year.

But salary growth is only a part of the burden for administrators. When a radiologist leaves, there’s the expense of recruiting and hiring a replacement; until the vacancy is filled, remaining staff must shoulder the stress of additional workload, including managing and training an interim locum tenens or a new hire. Any time a physician departs, there’s potential disruption for patients under their care.

Radiologist Staffing Trends 2021

One hard lesson learned during the pandemic is that healthcare providers must be agile­—ready to respond quickly and decisively when inevitable crises strike. When it comes to managing radiology staff in particular, some unique challenges and opportunities surfaced in the wake of COVID-19.

7 interview questions for effective radiologist recruiting and hiring

Hire the right radiologists, and your practice will position itself for long term success. But, before extending an offer, how do you ensure that an individual candidate will thrive within your organization?

Why teleradiology may be a better option than locum tenens for temporary radiologist staffing

Today, 96% of healthcare facilities use temporary physicians to fill short term staffing needs. When it comes to radiology, many are discovering that teleradiology providers are a better alternative to traditional locum tenens.

Remote Diagnostics In Mammography: Better Patient Care and a Better Way of Working

This post was originally going to be about my experience as a mammography technician transitioning to telemammography. But after I started writing, I realized that the real story is about women’s health and the difference we healthcare professionals can make in their lives through the decisions we make. From the compassion we show to the technologies we use, our actions impact every touchpoint in the patient’s experience.

Arlene Sussman, MD, on COVID’s silver lining: Greater acceptance of telemammography

Originally published by Dave Pearson on Radiology Business 

News on the public health crisis touched off by the spread of the novel coronavirus has been mostly bad. But a few bright rays have begun piercing the darkness. One is the growth of patient and provider acceptance of telemedicine. Significant swaths of the country have come to appreciate the tele option as a way to keep people safe without postponing appointments. These and other benefits afforded by the technology, so familiar to vRad’s clients, are now known to potentially millions more.

Teleradiology helps Portland medical group survive COVID-19 and push forward into the future

Originally published by Michael Walter on Radiology Business 

The Portland Clinic (TPC), a physician-owned, multi-specialty group serving northwest Oregon, first opened its doors in 1921, when gas was $0.26 per gallon and silent films still ruled the box office. Nearly 100 years later, TPC has built a tight network of five clinic locations with 30 specialties and primary care teams working together to provide the full spectrum of care for patients within the Portland metropolitan area.

How radiology practices can hedge against COVID-19 uncertainty

The pandemic made one thing very clear: Practices must become more agile to survive inevitable imaging volume fluctuations in the coming months and years. Changing how they manage operational costs and business risks will be critical to success.

COVID-19 has practices seeking lower risk, greater flexibility in radiologist staffing

When COVID-19 forced medical facilities to delay elective procedures across the country, imaging volume plummeted over 50% for many providers almost overnight. While volume has started to recover, the pandemic is forcing imaging service providers to aggressively rethink their business strategies, a key component of which is radiologist staffing.