The CDI Quality Institute (Institute) began in 2003 as a cooperative activity of independent radiologists who are affiliated with medical imaging centers managed and operated by the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. (CDI). Initially, as an unincorporated nonprofit association, these radiologists cooperated to peer review the professional radiology services that each provided to patients as a means to improve care and differentiate their services in the market. They also established methods for sharing best practices across geographic areas. In order to better address state statutory requirements for professional review organizations and in response to payer accreditation peer review requirements, the Institute was incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit corporation under Minnesota Statutes Section 317A on January 29, 2013. The corporation has no capital stock.
The Institute has the following purposes:
- To develop and advance the science and art of medicine and medical education;
- To promote the public health;
- To provide continuous quality improvement, peer review and mentoring to the radiologists associated with CDI and InSight Imaging, an affiliated company to CDI;
- To encourage and foster the spirit of fellowship and cooperation among its members; and
- To pursue any lawful purpose related to the purposes above.
The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors known as the Council of Medical Directors (Council). The Council is made up of medical directors and/or leaders of primarily radiology practices affiliated with CDI and InSight facilities, with each Medical Practice responsible for appointing one Director. The Council has an Executive Committee composed of the Institute Executive Director and radiologist leaders who have been elected National Section Leaders by the Council because of their sub-specialty expertise. The Council meets annually to address common clinical concerns and to formally assess peer review activity.
The Institute and its Member physicians are involved in the development of Clinical, Practice and Procedural Guidelines to foster continuous quality improvement of radiology and related services. These Guidelines are evidence-based guidelines intended to facilitate the use of Best Practices for radiology and related services and provide continuity in the provision of these services, including analysis and development of multi-disciplinary care pathways for conditions commonly involving advanced imaging services.
In addition to a robust peer review program conducted across 25 states through a customized software, the Institute facilitates mentoring of individual Member physicians by other Member physicians. Using the Institute’s RQM® portal and system, as well as direct observation and over-reading, individual Member physicians can receive intensive one-on-one, 100% case review for a set period of time and continued mentoring and instruction by other Member physicians with more or different expertise. This mentoring process facilitates providing better and more accurate interpretations and more effective procedures. The mentoring program also allows current physicians to learn additional skills, which may not otherwise be available in their communities. This process both advances the profession and individual practices. Approximately 240 physicians are invited participants in the RQM® programs.
The Institute receives support from CDI Management Corporation’s donation of funds, staff, equipment, including exclusive use of the RQM® software and office space. CDI Management Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. It is anticipated that CDI Management Corp. will continue to be a primary source of funding in the future.