It is impossible to avoid being exposed to some aspect of health care reform on a daily basis. Whether it is discussing this at your group’s business meeting, hearing it on the evening news, or being asked your opinion at a cocktail party or backyard barbecue, it seems the socioeconomic aspects of medicine have crept into every crevice of our lives! The challenge we now face is trying to understand it all and ensure that we can continue to provide the best quality care to our patients. This was the basis of this special AJNR News Digest on the socioeconomic aspects of neuroradiology.
The origin of the AJNR’s recent interest arose from an ASNR Winter Retreat in which it was felt that neuroradiologists were becoming familiarized with the health care lexicon, despite a glaring lack of understanding of what the terms actually meant and their implications. Mauricio Castillo agreed with this assertion and had the vision of publishing a series of Health Care Reform Vignettes, which were very successful. The success of these initial articles provided the basis for more detailed AJNR articles on various aspects of how we are reimbursed and other issues in health care reform.
The articles selected for this AJNR Digest represent topics that directly affect how we practice neuroradiology. These include explanations on