Fewer CT Scans? ACEP Webinar on June 23 Explores Options

6/21/2016
 
One of the most valued tools in the emergency room physician’s arsenal is the CT scan. But are CT scans overused? And if they are, what can replace them?
 
CEP America has decreased its use of CT scans in three ERs staffed by the company, one of the nation’s largest providers of acute care management and staffing solutions. Gregg Miller, MD, FACEP, CEP America’s Director of Performance and Quality, will present a free webinar to discuss CEP America’s best practices.  The hour-long webinar, part of the Reduce Avoidable Imaging Initiative and hosted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), will be streamed at 1 pm EST on Thursday, June 23.
 
“Concerns about overuse of CT scans range from costs to radiation exposure,” says Miller. “But physicians have other options, and during this webinar, we’ll discuss those opportunities to reduce testing and imaging.”
 
The presentation will focus on a CEP America quality improvement project implemented in emergency departments in three separate hospital systems. The project used performance feedback to decrease CT utilization by more than 10%.  
 
The project is part of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to engage 24,000 emergency clinicians to move healthcare towards the triple goal of better health outcomes, more effective health care and lower costs.
 
Also participating in the webinar will be ACEP leaders Jeremiah “Jay” Schuur, MD, MHS, and Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, to discuss the ACEP’s E-QUAL Network, another part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
 
The goals of this initiative include:
•Reduce use of high-cost imaging for low back pain
•Reduce head CT scan after minor head injury
•Reduce chest CT for pulmonary embolus
•Reduce abdominal CT for renal colic
 
For more information about the webinar or to register, please visit https://www.acep.org/Advocacy/Reduce-Avoidable-Imaging-Initiative/.
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