ACR Bulletin August 2014
Q: What can radiologists do to become visible members of the care team?
I look forward to the day when our patients routinely view their radiologist in the same way they see their internist or cardiologist.
The OIG Work Plan
What are the HHS areas of focus this year?
In past columns, we outlined the history, authority, and structure of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (read more at http://bit.ly/May12RADLAW) and explained the OIG Advisory Opinion process (read more at http://bit.ly/June12RADLAW).
One Specialty, Two Approaches
ACR and RSNA programs lead the way in patient-centered care.
We've heard the clarion call: Health care's new economics require all providers to transition from volume-based to value-based care. For radiologists, that means shifting our practice paradigm from transactional to consultative and focusing on both interpretation and outcomes.
2014-2015 CSC Off to a Running Start
With new members in place, the CSC is focused on the year ahead.
Members of the Council Steering Committee have embraced their role and responsibilities and lost no time getting down to business following the annual meeting.
Your Board in Action
The BOC gathered at AMCLC to review the year's activities and chart a course for the coming year.
The ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC) held its spring meeting at AMCLC in May. The meeting focused on multiple initiatives that the College had undertaken in the previous six to twelve months and included a strategic planning exercise in forecasting environmental trends and future assumptions.
Front and Center
Twitter-savvy radiologists use social media to uncover pro-patient solutions.
Providing valuable care to patients has always been a tenet of medicine. Because value means something different to everyone in health care — patient, doctor, and administrator — physicians must strive to create patient-based care that adheres to everyone's needs.
Radiologists look back on their experience with the ACR's Goldberg-Reeder Travel Grant.
You've just transferred to a new hospital, and things are looking rough. At best, you have an ultrasound machine at your disposal, but no sonographer. Patients come to you clutching their films, sometimes walking for miles to get to your door.
An ACR Task Force investigates radiology's role in medical education.
The ACR Task Force on Medical Student Education in Radiology, in partnership with the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, surveyed academic radiology department chairs and medical school deans in late 2012 to understand how medical imaging is currently taught and how physician education can adapt going forward.
Med School Reboot
Many medical schools take an antiquated approach to radiology education, but as imaging awareness increases, some schools are overhauling their programs.
Some things are meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, milk and cookies, and radiology and the continuum of patient care. While that last couplet may not be a household phrase, radiology is undoubtedly an integral part of medicine.
The Story Behind the SGR Fix
How ACR advocacy influenced policy and protected members and patients in the most divisive Congress in decades.
You already know how this story ends. But in a lot of ways, it starts on New Year's Eve 2012.
Bundling up...In August?
The ACR economics team is focused on positioning radiologists to thrive in both existing and emerging payment models.
You might wonder why I am talking about bundling up when I hope this column finds you enjoying the warm summer weather. Well, "bundling" is quite a buzz word in health care payment policy these days. Its impact on radiologists will be far reaching and, in fact, has already been significant.
Aligning Incentives in Health Care
The recent SGR legislation brings us one step closer to a blueprint that works for stakeholders throughout the health care system.
In March of this year, I had the pleasure of attending the Oklahoma Radiological Society Meeting. We had a great discussion with radiologists about issues facing their practices and how the College was advocating in Washington on their behalf.