ACR Bulletin July 2013
Q: What advances in the field of radiology do you find most exciting?
In 1983, while I was in the U.S. Navy, I first became aware of teleradiology.
If You Fought the Law
Suing the HHS over payment reductions probably wouldn't work in view of its close ties to Congress.
Members often ask why the College doesn't simply sue the government when Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), or its subcomponent, the CMS, does something that harms radiology.
Leading Radiology into the Future
A new campaign seeks funds to expand leadership education for imagers.
The changing climate of radiology was a central theme at this year's AMCLC.
Hash Tag Evolution
AMCLC through social media.
Social media took center stage at AMCLC, with presenters tweeting from the stage, attendees snapping photos from the audience, and members keeping up with the conference from afar. Now, we've rounded up the best of social media at #AMCLC2013. Were you a part of the action?
State chapters that achieved excellence in various categories during the past year were recognized at this year's AMCLC.
Any state chapter leader will tell you that ACR state chapters and their members are much more than just meeting organizers.
A Day on the Hill
Radiologists from the ACR Association take their message to Congress to advocate on the specialty's behalf.
On Monday, May 6, AMCLC attendees began their advocacy training. During the meeting, Congressman Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, spoke in detail about the legislative prospects for the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) bill (HR 846/S 623) as well as the process for reforming the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula this year.
An Age of Opportunity
Speakers during the economics session emphasized the need to transition from volume- to value-based health care.
As part of Tuesday's program, the Economics Forum included a discussion of future opportunities for radiology, including the transition to compensation driven by performance rather than productivity.
Cutting Variation to Boost Patient Outcomes
Moreton Lecturer links robust protocols to better results.
The Monday morning council session at AMCLC 2013 wrapped up with the much-anticipated Moreton Lecture, given by Brent C. James, MD, Mstat, executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. James presented the lecture "Value, Variation, and Patient-Centered Care: Building Radiology's Future."
Honoring the Best of the Best
The College gathers to honor 2013 fellows, honorary fellows, and gold medalists.
Among the highlights of the AMCLC, Sunday night's convocation stood out to many as the apogee of their conference experience.
The RFS, Young and Early Career Physicians Section, ABR, and clinical research leadership outline changes to the specialty and directions going forward.
As part of Monday's AMCLC programming, leaders representing the 2012-2013 Resident and Fellow Section, the ABR, ACRIN®, and RTOG® reported on activities, accomplishments, challenges, and plans for the future.
Shaping the Future
The 2013 ACR annual meeting focuses on reclaiming radiology's central role in health care.
Talk of transitioning to new payment models, calls for radiologists to reclaim their central role in health care, and efforts to increase member engagement were all hot topics during the 90th AMCLC, held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.