ACR Bulletin February 2014
Andrew L. Rivard, MD
Q: How do you place yourself at the center of patient care?
Although it is impossible for me to meet every patient, I am able to interact with patients undergoing certain procedures.
Why Does the ACR Accredit Self-Referring Facilities?!
The College fights self-referral through various avenues but, legally, accreditation cannot be one of them.
Some members have asked this provocative question of the ACR Legal Department. They express concern — and frustration — that their College offers accreditation to imaging and radiation therapy facilities owned and operated by non-radiologists.
The Commission works hand-in-hand with the Radiology Leadership Institute® to prepare radiologists for the new health care climate.
The Commission on Leadership and Practice Development was created in 2010 by James H. Thrall, MD, FACR, toward the end of his term as chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors to address the growing need for a higher level and broader scope of leadership within radiology practices, academic centers, hospitals, organized medicine, and local and national politics.
Walking the Talk
A Rhode Island interventional radiology group heeds the call to become a full-fleged clincial care practice.
During an American College of Surgery meeting in 1968, the man known as the father of interventional radiology, Charles T. Dotter, MD, warned that if radiologists didn’t begin to provide clinical care, they would eventually become nothing more than “high-priced plumbers.”
Testing the Waters
To what extent should doctors separate their personal and professional online identities?
With the advent of smartphones, the use of social media has exploded with such popular sites as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr. As one media domain fades in popularity, several new platforms grow, each promising instantaneous connectivity with far-flung networks of people.
A Second Look
Adrenal insufficiency secondary to biopsy-proven histoplasmosis.
The most popular Case in Point (CIP) submission of February 2013, as chosen by CIP users, was “Adrenal Insufficiency Secondary to Biopsy-Proven Histoplasmosis.” February’s reader favorite explores the case of a 38-year-old man who presented with nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
Leading the Way
The College selects invaluable members of the radiology community for its highest honors.
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
A Global Impact
A nonprofit radiology organization in the United States helps create a mobile imaging program to deliver screening services to impoverished women in India.
For a variety of reasons, women in India typically do not seek medical care as they age. As a result, many women never receive screenings for the numerous diseases that tend to afflict women over 40.
Disruptive behavior is hard to spot and can undermine a culture of safety. What do you do if it happens to you?
It is a typical afternoon at your practice, and you are reading an image from your latest patient. You’ve nearly finished when suddenly your colleague, Dr. X, stands and roughly turns off his monitor.
An Even Keel
As imaging becomes increasinlgy complex, and the radiology work environment more stressful, it is more important than ever for radiologists to maintain their focus.
There are arguably more stressors confronting radiologists today than at any point in the specialty’s history.
Radiologists have spent decades stockpiling digital images and reports into electronic databases, but extracting useable information from those systems is no simple task.
Big data. It’s one of the latest catchphrases in health care and other data-rich industries. Generally, big data is defined as data sets that are so large and complex, they cannot be managed with traditional processing tools.
The Road to AMCLC 2014
Opportunities abound to network with peers, advocate on behalf of the profession, and discuss the pressing issues of the day.
The 2014 ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) will take place April 26–30 in Washington, D.C.
Preparing for the Future
The RFS Journal Club brings together members-in-training to learn about radiology economics now and going forward.
I often hear from radiology residents that they’d like to be more involved in the College’s economics advocacy efforts and that they need to know more about the payment policy process.
The Colors of the College
“There are only 3 colors, 7 notes and 10 digits; it’s what we do with them that’s important.” — Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker
The Crimson Tide of Alabama, the burnt orange on the jerseys at the University of Texas, and the Black Knights at West Point. Colors instantly bring a picture into our minds.