Jackson Healthcare, an Atlanta-based organization of staffing and technology companies, has announced the creation of the new radiology management firm, Hospital Radiology Partners.
According to Jackson, physician alignment, profitability and adaptability are the three ingredients missing from many hospital radiology service lines.
Hospital executives typically contract with local radiologists or national management firms to manage their radiology and imaging departments. However, some local groups cannot provide the level of staffing coverage that national firms offer. Likewise, national firms can lack the cultural understanding and personal trust that local physician groups offer.
"We emphasize performance-based contracts as a cornerstone of our partnership approach," says Larry Kraska, who serves as Hospital Radiology Partners' president. According to Kraska, Hospital Radiology Partners offers the responsiveness of a local practice with the depth of a large, national corporation. "Our goal is to create a shared vision with appropriate, aligned incentives between hospitals and radiologists."
According to Kraska, the key to successful hospital radiology management is maximizing quality patient care and department performance, minimizing patient outmigration, while managing costs and reimbursements in the age of healthcare reform. Ensuring that Hospital Radiology Partners is held accountable through evidence-based management tools is key.
"We believe hospital service lines are not cost centers," says Richard Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. "Our companies manage their client service lines as profit centers with an emphasis on protecting the quality of the physician/patient relationship."
Hospital Radiology Partners provides outsourced radiology services including general, sub-specialty and interventional radiology through onsite practices and teleradiology centers. In addition, it provides radiology and imaging service line assessments, management, outsourcing and consulting services to hospitals throughout the U.S.
According to Kraska, "We want both hospitals and physicians to view us as a trusted advisor and we know we have to earn this privilege."
About Hospital Radiology Partners
Hospital Radiology Partners provides outsourced radiology management services including general, sub-specialty and interventional radiology through onsite practices and teleradiology centers. In addition, they will provide radiology department management and consulting services to hospitals throughout the U.S. For more information, visit HospitalRadiologyPartners.com.
About Jackson Healthcare
Founded by the healthcare innovator Richard Jackson, Jackson Healthcare serves more than two million patients in nearly one thousand hospitals each year. Jackson Healthcare's companies provide physician & clinician staffing, anesthesia & radiology management, and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes, as well as increase operational efficiency. Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage for its physician polls and champions local and international charitable work. In addition, Jackson has been recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing staffing companies in the country by the Inc. Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trend and Staffing Industry Analysts. For more information, visit JacksonHealthcare.com.
SOURCE: Jackson Healthcare