ACR Bulletin December 2017

Radiology and Population-Based Reward Systems

What role will imaging play in the next generation of payment models?GettyImages 545863975

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the way physicians will be paid going forward will look very different from how we have been paid in the past.

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Navigating the Site-Neutral Payment Debate

As policymakers craft site-neutral payment policies, the ACR considers its strategies.GettyImages dv1376023

Medicare and private insurers commonly pay more for a service in the hospital than they do in the office. For instance, a lumbar spine X-ray pays almost five times more in the hospital than the office.

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To Whom It May Concern

With growing numbers of patients accessing their radiology reports, it matters more than ever what you say — and how you say it.whomitmayconcern

Radiologists have long written reports with other physicians in mind. But as more patients gain access to their imaging reports, radiologists need to embrace this changing audience and create a new kind of impression.

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PAMA Pushes AUC Forward

Following the implementation dates and guidelines for Appropriate Use Criteria is both important and confusing. Read the most current mandates to maintain your reimbursement status.GettyImages 519915153

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Year in Review

Here are the hot items on a broad range of topics from 2017, according to the ACR Q&S team.GettyImages 612235546

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Improving Global Care

Three radiology residents were recipients of the Goldberg-Reeder Travel Grant in 2016. They traveled to three continents — South America, Africa, and Asia.GettyImages 589555934

Lauren J. Saling, MD, a fellow in abdominal imaging at UCLA, used her grant in May 2016 to travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala, to the Instituto de Cancerologia (INCAN), a cancer referral hospital that provides screening and treatment for all kinds of cancer.

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Human Touch

When an interventional radiologist becomes a clinician, he uses his imaging experience to solve different medical situations and simultaneously becomes an important part of his patients' lives.GettyImages 609416742

As a musician and songwriter, Cherish Alexander has been described as having a "magical pen that dips into the dark crevices of the human heart."

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Final Read

How did you get involved in ACR leadership?final read

A little bit of luck and willingness to say yes were the key ingredients to my early ACR involvement. One of the senior residents at my program was unable to represent our state at the 2006 ACR annual meeting, so I requested permission to attend.

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