Reduce Avoidable Imaging Initiative

Reducing Avoidable Imaging Goal: To reduce testing and imaging with low risk patients through the implementation of Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Aims for 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
  • Head CT for syncope

Avoidable Imaging Wave II Webinar Series  

Date       Topic
March 23     How to engage clinicians to reduce avoidable imaging 
  MIPS, Clinical Practice Improvement Activities and Quality Metrics
 Power Point (PDF) 

April 20
1:00-2:00 pm ET                    
Working with Radiology to Reduce avoidable imaging: Misconceptions and Frustrations about emergency medicine and Radiology
Power Point (PDF)
May 25
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Renal Colic (Clinical Topic)
PE CT (Clinical Topic)

Power Point (PDF)
June 13
1:00-2:00 pm ET
MIPS, QPP and CPIA- How these relate to the E-QUAL Learning Collaborative 
* Please submit any questions before hand by emailing 
June 29
3:00-4:00 pm ET
Low Back Pain (Clinical Topic)

July 20
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Head Trauma (Clinical Topic)
August 17
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Pearls for integration into HIT system -HIT – how to get things done
How to present missed cases at MM to not cause imaging (What is best practice for presenting missed cases )
September 21
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Drivers of over ordering & Malpractice

October 19
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Non-EHR tools

November 16
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Success Stories and what is next with E-QUAL?











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E-QUAL Initiatives Portal

Why Participate in E-QUAL?

 The Avoidable Imaging Initiative Wave II will have a learning period of 6-9 months with numerous benefits:

  • Meet new CMS MIPS requirements for Clinical Practice Improvement Activities
  • Meet TJC OPPE requirements Submit and receive benchmarking data
  • Feature ED's commitment to high value care to payers
  • Provide ED with access to initiative aligned with CMS hospital quality reporting and payment initiatives


Avoidable Imaging Initiative Tool Kit 


MIPS and CPIA Credit 



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