ACR Bulletin | January 2016

Progress Report

One year ago, the College launched the ACR Strategic Plan. Where are we now?

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For a strategic plan to be effective, it must be a living document with frequent evaluations, additions, deletions, and modifications to ensure we are meeting the goals. After a thorough review, the ACR Board of Chancellors concluded that we are making progress on all of the objectives in the strategic plan. We have made great strides over the past year.

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Final Read

Travis S. Graham, MD


January 2016

Q: How do you avoid burnout?

You all know the spiel about strategies to avoid burnout.

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January JACR Highlights

What should I read this month?


The January 2016 issue of the JACR® covers current hiring practices, the best articles of 2015, the physics of CT compliance, and more. Here are a handful of articles on topics of special interested to radiologists in training.

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3 Questions About the Council Steering Committee

Andrew Moriarity, MD, RFS representative to the Council Steering Committee (CSC), explains the role of the committee in ACR governance — and why it matters to you.

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Why It Matters: the Recent News on the PC MPPR and PALS

Two recent legislative victories made a serious impact on the future of the specialty. Here’s what these events mean for radiologists and their patients.



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Delayed Decisions

CMS has postponed the deadline for clinical decision support. But change is coming, and radiologists will be at the forefront.


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We've heard the rallying cry so many times now that it almost feels cliché. We need to stop rewarding volume and start prioritizing value in health care. Last spring, Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services, announced an ambitious target — 90 percent of Medicare payments will be tied to value by 2018.

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January Case of the Month


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Authors: James H. Wang, MD, PGY-1, Radiology Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, University of South Florida Health System, Tampa, Fla., Daniel Amirhamzeh, MD, PGY-4, Radiology Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Bernard Chow, MD, Section Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Calif. 

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Your Favorite Articles of 2015

Check out some of the Bulletin's greatest hits.

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As we kickoff 2016, we’re thinking about what a great year 2015 was for the Bulletin. We’ve launched a new website, covered an all-new Annual Meeting, and extended our reach to create a variety of toolkits to help radiologists navigate the value-based landscape. Check out our top articles that helped make the year great.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing links from around the web

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This week, we’re learning how to use big data, finding out key leadership strategies, and more.

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Around the World

This year's Goldberg-Reeder Travel Grant recipient headed to Botswana to treat patients and teach hospital staff.

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Unsafe water, malnutrition, malaria, air pollution, road traffic injuries, poor access to health care — these are just a few of the health issues residents face in developing countries. Each year, the ACR Foundation funds volunteer radiologists traveling to underserved nations through the Goldberg-Reeder Travel Grant.

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CT Scans Determine How Pompeians Died — And Lived

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Psyched Out

The emotional tolls of radiology can make it difficult to lead, but these tips can help you overcome them and succeed.


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Few people talk openly about the emotional demands of being a radiologist: confronting patient mortality, a chaotic professional environment, declining reimbursement rates, and growing pressure for productivity and accuracy on a daily basis. Radiologists-in-training and mid-career radiologists rely on the specialty’s leaders to demonstrate how to manage these challenges.

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A Quality Assist

As new informatics challenges arise, radiologists support their referring clinicians and health systems in becoming more efficient. 

Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest NBA basketball player of all time. Not because he won the most league titles (Bill Russell won 11 to Jordan’s six), nor because he scored the most points (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds that honor).

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Point of Failure

Radiologists will inevitably make mistakes, and they must be prepared to handle them.


January 2016

About a decade ago, Michael A. Bruno, MD, FACR, professor of radiology and medicine and vice chair for quality and safety at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was interpreting a patient’s abdominal CT, when he made a mistake. The patient had an unusual partial bowel obstruction, but Bruno misinterpreted the finding.

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Stand Out

The 2016 Special Leadership Issue

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Health care is rapidly changing. Value is king, and physicians are searching for their place in this value-based, patient-centric world. This issue of the Bulletin, partnered with the Radiology Leadership Institute®, gives readers insights into bringing patient-centric care into their practices, tips for leading and inspiring change, and advice on dealing with the pressure of burnout and the possibility of failure.

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Leader of the Pack

Gaurab Bhardwaj, MBA, PhD, explains the ins and outs of good organizational leadership.

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John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” In that same vein, the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) operates under the principle that leaders are made, not born.

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Boots on the Ground

Taking Imaging 3.0™ from the front lines of the battlefield to your practice.


January 2016

Imagine waking up to go to your practice on a Monday morning — it’s only a 10-minute walk away. The scent of mud and sewage hits your nose, and the air is filled with the sound of construction and other industrial noises. Sirens wail in the distance. You quickly sidestep the potholes that litter the ground as you enter your department, a series of beige walls meant for quick deconstruction should the need arise. Your patients often arrive by helicopter, and the minute you enter, work begins.

Welcome to being a combat radiologist. Welcome to Afghanistan.

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Interruption or Opportunity?

Radiologists must handle (and embrace) interruptions throughout the workday.

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Thinking that the phone rang “way too much,” John-Paul J. Yu, MD, PhD, neuroradiology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, and his colleagues tracked the number of telephone calls the center’s on-call radiologists completed during a 90-day period in 2012. The information revealed that on-call radiologists handled a deluge of calls during that window — 10,378 to be exact.

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