ACR Bulletin | January 2014

Lung Cancer Screening: The Time Has Come

The ACR responds to recent trial results and the USPSTF.iStock 000020134314 Large

Screening studies, such as mammography, prostate-specific antigen testing, and EKGs, are under attack. The opponents of these tests claim they are too costly and that there are too many misses and false positives.

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Final Read

Patricia A. Helke, MD, MBA
Jan14 final read

Q: How do you add value to your interactions with referring physicians?

In the age of the commoditization of radiology, it is critical to add value to our practice interactions with referring physicians. To this end, our practice tries to make our service to our colleagues personalized.

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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy and Self-Referral

What is behind new criticisms and liabilities?59751974 thumbnail

A number of recent publications regarding urology services have ignited a storm of discussion about the propriety and effects of self-referral by urologists.

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The ACR Needs You

Dispelling myths about the benefits of ACR membership and participation.acr needs you

I am categorized by the ACR as a “young or early career” physician, as I am under 40 and within the first eight years of my practice. If you’re like me, you know that the landscape of the profession has changed.

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Tools for the Future

Quality and Safety initiatives help readiologists meet the demands of the new health care environment.83622197 thumbnail

As health care in the United States moves toward new models for the provision of care, reimbursement, and valuebased purchasing, ACR members will be challenged to demonstrate the value of their service to patients, referring providers, administrators, and payers.

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Making Meaning

The Chair of the Annual PET/CT Symposium discuesses making the most out of reports to referring physicians and explains what's new in PET/CT.HiRes

The Bulletin sat down with PET/CT Symposium chair Marc A. Seltzer, MD, associate professor of radiology and director of the PET/CT program at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, to discuss what’s new in PET/CT, what to expect at this year’s symposium, and why it’s important to understand what referring physicians are looking for in reporting.

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Your Board in Action

The BOC Fall Meeting brought radiology's most pressing issues to the forefront.your board in action

The ACR Board of Chancellors and Council Steering Committee (CSC) held their fall meeting Sept. 29–Oct. 4. The meeting focused on current initiatives with an eye to the future as the College seeks to respond to major challenges, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare reimbursement and coverage decisions, and decision support initiatives — a key part of Imaging 3.0™.

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Radiation Oncology’s Rat Pack

Acclaimed physicians come together in an online ACR Journal Club.ratpack

Journal clubs thrive within the halls of medicine and have done so for centuries. The process of coming together with a critical, evidencebased eye to survey important literature is perfected in medical school and residency and is a familiar educational tool for most practicing physicians.

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A High-Tech Exchange

Imaging professionals from across the nation convene for the 2013 ACR Annual Imaging Informatics Summit & Data Registries Forum.58798000 thumbnail

Radiologists searching for insight about everything from image sharing to the ACR Dose Index Registry® found what they were looking for at the 2013 ACR Annual Imaging Informatics Summit & Data Registries Forum.

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Bidding War

What to expect and where to turn when your hospital sends out a request for proposals.bidding war

If losing a hospital contract is like going through a divorce (an apt metaphor according to many who’ve been in this situation), then having your hospital send out a request for proposals (RFP) is similar to your significant other posting an ad on an online dating site. The emotions are all there: shock, disbelief, and betrayal.

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Do Wrong to None

In this new era of value-based health care, radiologists believe that reporting errors will bolster patient trust.iStock 000079638631 Large

"Deny and defend.” For many years, this was the credo of risk managers, quality improvement experts, and radiologists alike when an error was committed during the course of a patient’s care.

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Weathering the Storm

Providing the best quality care is challenging during periods of crisis. Knowing what to do before, during, and after a crisis ensures you are able to tackle difficult situations.weathering the storm

The old adage “better to be safe than sorry” never rings more true than in situations of crisis. Hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, terrorist attacks — even something as simple as a power outage — can cause disruptions in the radiology department and affect the quality of patient care.

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Revisiting Resolutions

As 2013 comes to an end, have we met our goals?75672205 thumbnail

Last January my column was titled “Realistic Resolutions.”(Read the article at I talked about ways that we as radiologists could take concrete steps to demonstrate our value. So as we head into 2014, where are we as a specialty, and are those resolutions still relevant?

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