If your imaging facility operates a mammography service, you're
more than aware of the litany of
woes you face on a daily basis. Among your challenges are falling
malpractice insurance premiums, and a patient population that
persists in thinking that mammography
should be infallible.
But do you know about the moves you can make to help your practice
navigate mammography's perilous
waters? Fear not, for we're featuring a survival guide to malpractice
and mammography this week in
our Women's Imaging Digital Community, based on a presentation
at this week's American Healthcare
Radiology Administrators (AHRA) meeting.
In her talk, Bonnie Rush of Breast Imaging Specialists
in San Diego offered tips on how
mammography centers can reduce their malpractice risk. For example,
a clinical breast exam should always be
performed with the mammogram for screening cases, she said, and
centers should keep extensive
documentation of abnormal clinical results.
Mammography centers can also minimize potential litigation by
changing the way they interact with
patients and referring physicians.
Editor In Chief Aunt Minnie