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MedSolutions Offers Free CME Credit Imaging Safety Webinar for Physicians
Oct 29, 2010 (02:10 PM EDT)


Third installment in webinar series provides primary care physicians, pediatricians with guidance on radiation risk and test selection.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. and BOSTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- MedSolutions (www.medsolutions.com), a leading provider of medical cost management services, is collaborating with Tufts Health Care Institute and the Office of Continuing Education at Tufts University School of Medicine to offer a free educational webinar designed to assist primary care physicians and pediatricians in utilizing high-tech imaging studies appropriately.

"Doing the Right Thing: Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Risk, and Patient Safety," is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, from 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. EST. Presenters Samson Munn, M.D., associate radiologist in chief of Tufts Medical Center, and Niamh Carroll, M.D., an internist and adult primary care physician at Tufts Medical Center, will provide information to help primary care physicians identify the relative radiation exposure of different imaging modalities and select the most appropriate modality for specific patients and conditions. Participants will also learn to apply tools and techniques, such as provider-based guidelines and insurer-based reviews and incentives, to inform and manage the use of high-tech imaging.

The webinar has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania can earn risk management CME credit.

"Research shows that more than 25 percent of CT and MRI scans ordered by primary care physicians are inappropriate(1) – exposing the patient, at least in the case of CT, to potentially harmful radiation while bringing no diagnostic benefit," said Gregg Allen, M.D., chief medical officer of MedSolutions. "By collaborating with Tufts on this webinar to educate physicians about the radiation risks associated with different imaging modalities and encouraging the use of evidence-based guidelines in their selection process, we believe we can limit patient exposure to unnecessary radiation."

The webinar is the third in a series designed to increase physician knowledge of appropriate and evidence-based use of high-tech imaging studies, encourage an epidemiological approach to testing, and promote effective communication with patients. Previous installments, including "Outpatient Abdominal Imaging: Timing and Techniques for Diagnosis," and "Spine Imaging: Timing and Techniques for Lower Back Pain," are available online at no charge.

"By giving physicians the information and tools to support an evidence-based decision-making process, we can improve quality and patient safety while reducing unnecessary costs," said Rosalie Phillips, MPH, executive director of the Tufts Health Care Institute.

Register for the webinar and access past lectures at www.thci.org/medsolutions.

About MedSolutions

Using independently validated savings methodologies, MedSolutions specializes in quality-driven, intelligent cost management of medical services for commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid payors. The company maintains management contracts for more than twenty-seven million individuals nationwide. Using robust data, predictive intelligence technology, and evidence-based clinical expertise, the company's innovative solutions extend beyond Radiology Management to other areas of medical specialty, including Oncology, Cardiac Imaging, Sleep, Ultrasound, and MedSolutions' groundbreaking Premerus(SM) Diagnostic Accuracy program – the nation's first solution for reducing diagnostic error rates to improve the quality and cost of care. MedSolutions has been recognized for outstanding customer service and effective call center management by the International Customer Management Institute and for three consecutive years by the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Award. Visit www.medsolutions.com.

(1)  Journal of the American College of Radiology, March 2010

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