It was announced this week that we are working to centralize, standardize and automate the current operating model for radiology scheduling across Corewell Health East. The goal is to improve access, patient and provider experience and reduce appointment cancellations.


A high volume of imaging appointments are being cancelled monthly because orders are not in place in time for patients’ appointments. This is not only affecting the patient experience but is resulting in delayed care and contributing to confusion and last-minute rushes in the provider offices.


If you are faxing imaging orders because you are using a non-Epic EMR, effective now, our new transcription team will be accepting orders through one centralized fax number: 248-577-9701.


Orders affected are only those for high-tech imaging: CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, bone density/dexa, cardiology, nuclear medicine. X-ray or general radiology orders are not currently included. Please do not fax x-ray orders to the transcription team. They will remain walk-in services.


For more information on this process change, please review the full announcement.


This week, I would also like to share the following:


  • Dr. Ryan Fringer promoted to VP of Graduate Medical Education
  • Practical and Progressive Updates in Primary Care Medicine conference, March 1 – April 12
  • Wellness Corner: Emotion identification: Name it to tame it
  • Documentation Tip of the Week: Nutrition summary


I announced this week that Dr. Ryan Fringerhas been promoted to vice president of Graduate Medical Education for Corewell Health East, effective immediately. Dr. Fringer will oversee and lead the operations and accreditation of all Corewell Health East Residency and Fellowship programs. He will also provide oversight of all our graduate medical educational programs and supervise the learning environment. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Fringer!


Mark your calendar! The virtual Practical and Progressive Updates in Primary Care Medicine conference is coming March 1 – April 12. This virtual conference allows you to create a flexible CME experience that works best with your schedule. You will be able to view lectures throughout the month and earn CME at your convenience. For more information, view the conference brochure. Topics include diagnosis and treatment of tendinopathy, adrenal disease, urinary incontinence and more. Speakers include Drs. Jaime Hope, Ishmael Jaiyesimi, Michael Barnes, Nick Gilpin and others. To register, please visit the conference webpage.


Until next week,



Wellness Corner: Emotion identification: Name it to tame it


Join Physician Wellness for Wellness Wednesdays, a new program for physicians, led by Dr. Amy Williams, running every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. These facilitated discussions are intended to provide brief content and time for discussion, focusing on well-being, practice efficiency and personal and professional development. Next week’s topic focuses on identifying emotions and how to mange them.


Find the link here to the next discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at noon.


Documentation Tip of the Week: Nutritional summary

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