Photon-counting detectors advance CT technology
Kaitlyn Wilkie, MBA, advisor for research and analysis with symplr, was published in the latest issue of HealthCare Business News. Wilkie specializes in imaging and mammography, and addressed photon-counting detectors (PCDs)—the newest major advancement for computed tomography (CT) systems.
The first photon-counting CT system cleared for the U.S. market was Siemens Healthineers' NAEOTOM Alpha, which received FDA approval in September 2021. Neurologica received FDA approval for its photon-counting CT system, the OmniTom Elite with PCD, in March 2022. What makes these systems unique among other CT systems on the market is the PCD, Wilkie wrote, which allows for spectral imaging. Conventional CT systems use third-generation digital radiography (DR) detectors. The PCD’s advantages are its ability to provide increased spatial resolution, decrease electronic noise, and reduce radiation exposure compared to DR detectors.
According to Wilkie, for CT systems with DR detectors, low-dose scans tend to have noticeable electronic noise and artifacts. A PCD will interpret the signals on a low-dose scan as a low-energy photon, and if that energy is below the energy threshold, the signal will be excluded. Less electronic noise on images allows a photon-counting CT system to provide the same or better image quality as a conventional CT system using a lower dose.
Although commercial availability has been long-awaited for photon-counting CT systems, Wilkie wrote that it is unlikely we'll see this equipment widely used in the near future due to hospitals’ financial constraints.
Workplace trends for 2023: Retention efforts are more valuable than ever
According to a new Visier workplace trends report, resignations are still rising, with no signs of slowing down. Visier is a strategic partner of symplr's, and its people analytics technology is embedded as the foundation for symplr Talent Analytics.
The new report cites a Microsoft survey from Q3 of 2022 which found that 41% of workers were thinking about leaving their jobs.” And, unfortunately, management-level workers are packing it in at their jobs as well: Managers’ resignation rates rose from 3.8% in 2021 to 5% in 2022, according to Visier. All of this means that retention efforts and the use of healthcare-specific, optimized workforce management strategies and tools have never been more important.
symplr's Michael Vipond, SVP and managing director, was quoted in the report, saying: "The top two talent acquisition challenges many companies currently face are a shrinking labor market and turnover challenges. Exacerbated by the pandemic and so-called Great Resignation, employees across all industries have gained more leverage over employers in the past two-plus years, leading many to switch jobs or industries, pursue non-traditional roles, or retire early."
Navigating evaluation and management codes to boost operations and finances
Angel Mena, MD, chief medical officer of symplr Clinical Communications, was a speaker at Becker's HIT/RCM Annual Meeting in Chicago October 4-7.
For the discussion, titled "Success Stories: Navigating Evaluation and Management Coding to Boost Operations and Finances,” Mena joined panelists Robyn Alvis, MBA, vice president of operations and revenue optimization at IKS Health; and Jen Timmerman, MSM, CHFP, CRCR, division director, revenue cycle, physician enterprise, at CHI Health.
The panelists addressed evaluation and management coding (E/M) topics including:
- Common missteps healthcare leaders make with regard to these codes, and tips to avoid them
- What physicians need to know about keeping up to date with coding
- Forecasts about how E/M coding will evolve in the next two years
symplr hosts DAISY Breakfast at ANCC Magnet + Pathways Conference
symplr, a proud partner of The DAISY Foundation which recognizes and honors nurses and nurse leaders, exhibited at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet + Pathway Conference October 13-15 and hosted a standing-room only breakfast October 13.
The annual event, held in Philadelphia this year, is among the most influential gatherings for nurses and other healthcare stakeholders and hosts attendees from around the world.
symplr expert on podium at the 46th Annual Institute HFMA—New Jersey Chapter
symplr Senior Credentialing Consultant Anna Arutyunyan is speaking alongside customer Belinda Doyle Puglisi, senior director of managed care at RWJBarnabas Health, at a regional Healthcare Financial Management Association event in October.
Their session is titled “The Enterprise-Wide Impact of Centralized Credentialing and Payer Delegation,” and will address strategies for health systems and health plans to integrate and delegate the essential functions surrounding credentialing, verification, and enrollment.
Learn more about symplr Credentials Verification Organization (CVO) services.
symplr customer featured in Authority Magazine
Colin Lyle, RACR, CIR, system director of talent acquisition at AdventHealth in Orlando, was featured in Authority Magazine. Lyle, a user of symplr Workforce Management, leads the overall effectiveness and recruitment operations of his organization’s centralized 240+ person talent acquisition team.
In the Q&A, Lyle said, “We continue to collaborate with partners, such as symplr, to optimize our workforce operations with a data-driven approach, helping to increase staff engagement, improve productivity, and prevent burnout before it happens.” AdventHealth’s commitment to digital transformation has been a big part of its success in centralizing processes, adding new tech stacks to ensure the system is operating at 100% efficiency, and supporting candidates and hiring leaders throughout the talent acquisition process, according to Lyle.
symplr selected as one of Comparably's 2022 Best Companies
symplr is proud to have been recognized as one of Comparably's Best Companies in the following categories for 2022:
- Perks & Benefits
- Work-Life Balance
As stated in symplr’s company values listed on our Careers web page, “Our teams thrive when we work together for the best customer outcomes, and we reward hard work with awesome perks. We continually embrace new strategies to recruit and retain an increasingly diverse and qualified workforce to better serve our mission." Our workforce continues to provide thoughtful, honest feedback that contributes to recognition such as these awards.
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