Breast centers face many challenges in the day-to-day of providing excellent patient care; adhering to regulatory and accreditation requirements; and turning a profit all at the same time. Within all of these dynamics lie two critical components to getting it done:
- Generating effective breast center reports.
- Doing so in the most efficient manner possible.
Here, we provide 7 key measures your center should be tracking to meet your breast center’s goals.
1. Patient Callbacks
A common challenge for breast imaging centers is ensuring that patients who need follow-up of some type receive it. In this context, it’s important for reporting capabilities to include automatic generation of callback lists to recall those patients who need immediate diagnostic follow-up or biopsy procedures—including what attempts have been made to contact them.
2. Daily Procedure Trends
Gaining insight into daily trends in your facility is critical to understanding what’s working and what needs more attention. This is especially true in terms of unread studies and incomplete reports—which could indicate a delay in reporting between the time the exam is performed and when the images are read.
3. Patient Letter Status
Since patient letters are such a critical component of both quality care and compliance reporting, it’s important to know the letter status for each patient you serve. A report of this type can indicate study records where a patient letter has not yet been sent out. This could represent incomplete studies or issues with generating the lay letter.
4. Pathology Request Status
Whenever a patient has a BI-RADS 4 or 5 finding, or whenever a biopsy-type procedure is performed that has been configured to request a pathology, it’s important to track whether or not related pathology requests have been satisfied. This is a key element for MQSA compliance to ensure your team is correlating pathology as needed.
5. Outcome Tracking
Also in support of MQSA compliance, breast centers must have a way to generate reporting for outcome tracking and other measures. Typically, this is a quality assurance report of some type that may include mission-critical data, such as Positive Predictive Values (PPV), Specificity, Sensitivity, Cancer Detection and Recall Rates, and other vital statistics.
6. Productivity Tracking
Understanding radiologists’ workloads can help centers better ensure they have the support needed to meet patient care needs. In this context, it’s helpful to have an MIS that enables productivity tracking and reporting to gain insight into image reading volumes for the radiologists on your staff.
7. Quality and Accreditation Reporting
For breast centers that want to benchmark their performance and/or receive certain certifications, they must find a way to track, and report required measures. MagView supports ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence measures, NQBMC quality measures, NAPBC accreditation measures and more. In this context, it’s important to have a reporting system that can gather the right information in the right reporting format to enable fast and easy submissions to help your center remain in compliance.
If you’re wondering how your center can possibly meet tracking and recording requirements like the 7 listed here—MagView’s Clarity Reports has you covered with its comprehensive reporting capabilities. In fact, we’ve created several reports in each of the key categories our customers monitor:
- Quality & Outcomes
- Patient Care
- Pathology Information
- Risk Management
- And more
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