ACR Bulletin August 2018
News from the ACR and Beyond
Heading to the Hill
Over 450 radiologists, fellows, and residents participated in the annual lobbying effort during ACR 2018.
At ACR 2018, radiologists once again headed to Capitol Hill to meet their senators and representatives to advocate for their patients.
It’s All About the Patient
The Economics Forum stressed fair payment and patient-centered care.
Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, moderates the Economics Forum.
The Economics Forum kept true to course with focal points on upholding fee-for-service payments, navigating the ongoing (yet manageable) evolution of MACRA and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), as well as embracing population health management.
Shattering the Glass Ceiling
Female radiologists break new ground at the annual meeting.
Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, receives the 2018 William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, Award.
ACR 2018 brought forth several historic moments for the radiology specialty, and specifically for women.
Q: What changes do you see for the specialty in the next ten years?
Although 44 percent of all medical residents are women, only 27 percent of residents in radiology are women. Similarly, 9.6 percent of all medical residents are underrepresented minorities, while only 5.5 percent of radiology residents are part of this cohort. This matters as the specialty seeks equity within its membership — and when practices look at their bottom lines. Research shows organizations in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to outperform those in the bottom quartile.
What’s Your Story?
Radiologists are joining the wider conversation in medicine. Here’s what you need to know about getting involved.
Nicole B. Saphier, MD, participates in an interview on “Fox and Friends.”
When Jennifer L. Kemp, MD, FACR, a radiologist in Denver, Colo., participated in an interview with a New York Times reporter about radiologists being more patient-centered, it did not go as she expected. “Initially, I started rambling off facts and figures. I thought I needed to prove what I was saying with data,” she says. But then the reporter began to pull a story out of her.
The Power of Big Data
The Moreton Lecturer urged radiologists to think creatively about data that could shape their field.
Moreton Lecturer Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, discusses his innovative approach to healthcare research with ACR 2018 attendees.
"Think broadly, think differently, be open-minded,” said economist and physician Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, who presented this year’s Moreton Lecture. Jena’s address discussed the role of “natural experiments” in healthcare research. What is a natural experiment? Essentially, it’s an everyday occurrence that yields randomized data that can impact healthcare standards, practices, and even policy.