Pay For Performance Expedites Radiologists' Reports

Even after program ends, radiologists continue to have faster turnaround times

FRIDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The implementation of a pay-for-performance program (PFP) appears to significantly expedite the turnaround time of finalized radiologist reports, an important quality care metric, according to research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Giles W.L. Boland, M.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues assessed radiologist report turnaround times for 81 radiologists from 11 subspecialty divisions three months before and immediately after the establishment of a PFP program as well as two years later -- after the program had ended.

The researchers found that the mean time for examination completion to final signature, examination completion to preliminary signature, and preliminary signature to final signature decreased significantly from baseline to immediately after PFP program implementation to two years later, with the largest difference seen in the preliminary to final signature.

"A radiologist PFP program appears to have a marked effect on expediting final report turnaround times, which continues after its termination," the authors write.

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