ACR Bulletin April 2014

Dangerous Moves

A court invalidates a health system's acquisition of a physician group.

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An Idaho federal court ordered in January that a major health system unwind its acquisition of a prominent medical practice. The court ruled that the transaction violated federal and state antitrust laws.

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Final Read

Q: Describe a signficiant interaction you had with a patient.final read main article

When generating diagnostic imaging interpretations, radiologists may use medical nomenclature that can confuse both referring physicians and patients. A simple, quick conversation goes a long way to resolve these misunderstandings.

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Communication and Collaboration

The Commission on Breast Imaging works with stakeholders from throughout the College to improve screening and address controversy.communication and collaboration

The Commission on Breast Imaging was formed to address issues related to breast imaging and breast imagers, including development of Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards and ACR Appropriateness Criteria® as well issues related to screening and government regulations.

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Practical Applications in MRI

The ACR's annual MRI conference promises access to the leaders driving the technological change.practical applications

This year’s Annual MRI Conference will bring imaging experts together with technical experts in small group settings to foster an understanding of rapidly changing MRI technologies.

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On the Ballot and at the Meeting

Get the scoop on AMCLC 2014 programming and council activities.on the ballot main picture

The ACR Council will consider a broad range of policies, bylaws, practice guidelines, and technical standard resolutions during the 91st Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) on April 26–30 in Washington, D.C.

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An Eye to the Future

The Johns Hopkins Hospital radiology department's Future Leaders program prepares employees to lead at all levels.an eye to the future

What makes a good leader? The ability to motivate a team by leveraging their unique talents? An instinct for achieving success, the result of long experience? A willingness to push colleagues to be the best they can be?

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Accounting for Quality

A Maine-based accountable care organization ensures quality and lower costs.accounting for quality

Fear of the unknown: It’s a phenomenon we all experience. This trepidation is well exemplified by health professionals approaching the uncharted waters of accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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The Business of Billing

Evaluating managed care companies and their payment practices.the business of billing

In the ever changing world of imaging providers, gone are the days of maximizing volume to make up for low reimbursement rates. A once straightforward business process is now a complex set of possibilities.

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7 Essential Elements of an Effective Compliance Program7 essential

For those of us in the business of radiology practice leadership, compliance with government laws and regulations is a major component of what we do. In fact, radiology is probably one of the most heavily regulated medical specialties.

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Creating Connections

Your practice's billing data can help you improve patient care and manage your practice. Here's how to extract this valuable information and make connections across disparate datasets.creating connections

It is an eat-or-beeaten world out there as radiology practices search for the winning formula of services, systems, and practices to survive in a volatile marketplace.

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Your Board in Action

Leadership changes highlight an active Board meeting.your board in action

The ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC) and Council Steering Committee (CSC) held their winter meeting January 18–19. The highlight of the meeting was the announcement of new officers for 2013–2014 and the selection of William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, as CEO.

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The Price is Right

A comparison of out-of-pocket costs reveals the complexities of imaging pricing.price is right

When does an x-ray cost more than an MRI? I found out recently, when a relative of mine needed both for a sports injury.

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Looking Back: Great to Greater?

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” — Nelson Mandelalooking back

In May of 2012, my first Chair Column appeared in the ACR Bulletin. I wrote about the ACR as a battleship — defending our pillars, fighting for the rights of our members, and always keeping in mind the best interests of our patients. Now the time is at hand to write my final column as chair.

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