ACR Bulletin | February 2016

(Slightly Belated) New Year’s Resolutions

What will you do this year to become a better radiologist?

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Although January is usually the time for New Year’s resolutions, I decided to wait until February before discussing them. I wanted to give everyone time get moving on goals to lose weight, eat heathier, exercise more, or learn a new language. These are all noble resolutions, but they only relate to our personal lives. How many times do we make resolutions about our professional life? I’m not sure I have ever done it.

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Moving Forward

Get the latest from the Board of Chancellors and the Council Steering Committee fall meeting, held Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, 2015.


With a packed agenda, the Board of Chancellors (BOC) and the Council Steering Committee (CSC) covered a lot of ground at the most recent meeting. Here are some of the high points to keep you informed.

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What Is the ACR Doing About MACRA, MIPS, and APMs?

A Resident’s View


If you’re wondering what the ACR is doing to position radiology for success in the changing health care system, I’ve got an answer for you: A lot.

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February JACR Highlights

What should I read this month?


The February 2016 issue of the JACR® covers malpractice claims, reporting adverse events, and peer review in residency. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.

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Is Co-Management the Future of Health Care?

A recent Imaging 3.0 case study charts one practice’s strategy for adapting to the future of health care.

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As we all know, the current health care system is continually changing. We’re seeing more direct employment of physicians by hospitals, new payment models, and increasing demands for more efficient and cost-effective health care. In this dynamic health care climate, the ultimate focus for an organization revolves around the patient’s experience, quality of care delivered, and cost.

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A Simple Connection

To foster patient engagement, radiologists should put their contact information in their imaging reports.


As health care moves toward quality, radiologists are looking for ways to provide added value and engage patients. While some practices have instituted consultation services and other programs that give radiologists face time with patients, many groups don’t have the resources for such initiatives. And that’s okay.

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February Case of the Month


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Authors: Kelly G. Ford, MD, PGY-3, Radiology Resident, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn., George A. Mayhall, MD, PGY-5, Radiology Resident, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn., and Benjamin W. Wilkerson, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Musculoskeletal Imaging, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn. 

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Meaningful Use to Undergo Changes

CMS is ready to revamp the MU program. What does this mean for radiologists?


The radiology community was all abuzz when CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt indicated in a recent speech that "the Meaningful Use (MU) program...will now be effectively over.” However, don’t make any moves yet — Slavitt later acknowledged on a CMS blog that MACRA requires that the existing MU standards must still be followed, at least in the early years of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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The Moorefield Fellowship

RFS Voices


Melissa Chen, MD, neuroradiology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, tells the Bulletin about her time as an ACR Moorefield Fellow, spending time with the economics and government relations departments at ACR HQ.

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 Plagiarism Decoded

Journal editors weigh in on scholarly ethics in the digital age.


When it comes to scholarly publishing, imitation is not the most sincere form of flattery. In fact, it’s not flattery at all. Taking or copying someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own, better known as plagiarism, can have severe consequences for the perpetrators — regardless of whether or not they understand the rules.

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ACR 2016 Offers Broad and Flexible Program


The ACR 2016 daily program — now viewable online — offers over 100 hours of CME, SAM, and RLI programming designed to provide attendees with new insights on legislation, policy, practice improvement, and other areas critical to the future of radiology.

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Parents Want to Meet Radiologists


Here’s another chance for radiologists to get involved in patient-centered care. An article in the American Journal of Roentgenology notes that parents whose children require diagnostic ultrasounds not only appreciate speaking with their radiologist, but that these consultations result in decreased anxiety and an increased understanding of the radiologist’s role.

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CT Lung Cancer Screening Causes Anxiety


Radiologists have put a lot of effort into ensuring lung screening is available to at-risk patients. Now, they need to help these patients feel comfortable, says a new study presented during the CHEST 2015 annual meeting in Montreal.

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The ACR legal team tackles the latest medicolegal issues and their effects on radiology.

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The ACR’s legal department receives countless calls and emails from members seeking legal guidance and advice. This month, ACR’s legal counsel weighs in on some of the most frequently asked questions about the intersection of radiology and the law.

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Keeping Patients at the Forefront

As the health system shifts, radiologists must stay in tune with the needs of their patients.
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As I write, open enrollment season is closing and many of our patients are selecting their health insurance plans for 2016. Five years after the signing of the Affordable Care Act, we have seen the number of uninsured Americans drop significantly. There have been, however, concurrent significant changes in the design of health care benefit plans.

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Designed for Imaging

Practices have a lot to consider when designing a new facility or renovating an existing imaging center.


When Radiology Imaging Associates, a private practice with offices in Maryland and Virginia, began designing a new imaging center next to a daycare in 2005, safety was of the utmost importance.

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