Free Medical Conferences to Address Dramatic Increase in High Tech Imaging Tests

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“How Much Is Too Much? High Tech Imaging Use and Radiation Safety” will be held May 23 in Chicago and May 24 in Urbana.

Nationally, it is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of currently performed High Tech Diagnostic Imaging (HTDI) procedures such as CT, MRI, PET, and Nuclear Cardiology exams are medically unnecessary or inappropriate.

Unnecessary imaging tests needlessly expose patients to radiation and add $30 billion annually to the unsustainable growth in healthcare costs. Providers are relying more on HTDI. In the last 10 years, the number of CT and MRI scans per patient has doubled and tripled, respectively, according to a 2008 Health Affairs article.

Two free medical conferences will open discussion on the topic. They will examine how the availability of decision supports for physicians at the point of care, when ordering imaging tests, can lead to efficiencies for healthcare professionals, safer patient care and scientific guidance for decision-making.

Quality Quest for Health of Illinois is partnering with the Midwest Business Group on Health, Carle Foundation Hospital, and University of Illinois College of Medicine (Peoria campus) to bring “How Much Is Too Much? High Tech Imaging Use and Radiation Safety” to Chicago and Urbana in late May.

Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, practice managers, employers, community leaders, and the public are encouraged to attend.

What: “How Much Is Too Much? High Tech Imaging Use and Radiation Safety”

Where: 191 N. Wacker Dr., 37th Floor, Chicago
When: May 23 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
More Info & Registration: http://www.qualityquest.org, http://www.mbgh.org or 312-372-9090 ext. 100; Pre-registration is required.
CME Designation: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Where: The Forum at Carle, Urbana, IL
When: May 24 – 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
More Info & Registration: http://www.qualityquest.org or 309-282-8820; Pre-registration is required.
CME Designation: Carle Foundation Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

About Quality Quest for Health of Illinois

Quality Quest for Health of Illinois is a non-profit healthcare collaborative working together to transform healthcare in the state. The organization brings physicians, hospitals, health plans, employers, patients, and families together to focus on creating healthier communities with better patient outcomes. Data related to specific Quest projects is collected and performance information is reported to the medical community and the public. The information helps providers compare their performance to peers and regional / national benchmarks and gives consumers data to make informed healthcare decisions. For more information, visit http://www.qualityquest.org.

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