When the radiology team at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pa., first heard about the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 , which requires providers to consult clinical decision support (CDS) for advanced image ordering, they had an uncommon response: Bring it on!
At the time, Einstein’s chair of diagnostic radiology, Terence A. S. Matalon, MD, FACR, FSIR, was already evaluating the merits of CDS to enhance patient care at the network’s three hospitals and 11 outpatient centers. The legislation further bolstered these efforts.
“Dr. Matalon started thinking about CDS before the PAMA legislation was even on the radar,” says Ryan K. Lee, MD, MBA, section chief of neuroradiology at Einstein. “He thought it might be useful for our referring clinicians, and he became a driving force behind our rollout of evidence-based technology.”