Final Read

Evelyn Y. Anthony, MD

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July 2015

Q: How do you make interacting with patients a priority?

 As a Pediatric radiologist, I probably have more opportunities to connect with patients than many radiologists. One of my most memorable experiences was about two years ago.

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ACR Capitol Hill Day: A Resident’s Experience

As ACR members headed to the yearly advocacy event, one of the College’s newest physicians reports back on an eventful day in Washington, D.C.

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On a hot Wednesday in May, more than 630 radiologists from across the country visited the congressional offices of more than 290 members of Congress.

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Transfiguring Medicine With CRISPR

Can diseases be cured by engineering DNA? Radiologists may need to be part of the team to find the answer.

DNABlog

 

July 2015

Do you know what CRISPRs are? If you don’t and you don’t plan on retiring within the next few years, you should find out. They may soon be changing the way disease is diagnosed and treated.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links from Around the Web

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July 2015

This week we’re reading about how radiologists can do more with less, why imagers should be circumspect when it comes to using GBCAs for MRIs, and the patient perspective from John Steinbeck.

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Medicare’s Proposed Rule for 2016

Changes are just around the corner.

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July 2015

Medicare published the Proposed Rule for 2016 later than usual. Typically it’s issued just before the July 4th holiday, but this year it dropped almost a week later.

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Celebrate with Case in Point
Happy birthday CIP

July 2015

Happy 10th birthday, Case in Point (CiP)! Ten years ago, College members accessed the very first case, “57-year-old female presents with orbital pressure." Since then, CiP has become one of the College’s most sought-after resources, allowing members to earn up to 65 CME and 65 SA-CME credits annually.
Celebrate with us by reviewing the host of new and unusual cases CiP provides — free to all members. 

HII at Brain Injury Awareness Day

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July 2015

Members of the ACR’s Head Injury Institute (HII) attended the annual Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C., on March 18. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Rep. Tom Rooney, sponsored the event, which brings various health care stakeholders, including patients and physicians, to the nation’s capital to meet with legislators to discuss the impact of brain injury.
HII staff discussed the institute’s projects, goals, and other endeavors with members of Congress, booth visitors, and fellow exhibitors. Through this outreach, the HII and other advocates are working to help legislators understand the need for federally funded programs and research.

Communication Breakdown

Communication Breakdown

July 2015

It’s an ongoing debate in the imaging community: Who should communicate what results and how detailed should these results be? Now patients are weighing in on the discussion. According to a study published in Radiology, a substantial gap exists between the information patients expect to receive and the items they are actually provided. Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City surveyed individuals who had recently undergone imaging to determine how well they understood the risks and benefits of their tests. The study also measured patients’ expectations of how that information should be communicated.
While most participants were aware of the benefits of screening exams, few understood the potential radiation risks associated with the procedures. Additionally, the surveyed patients expressed a desire to know the rationale behind their tests and receive a more thorough explanation of the results. Patients also indicated that they currently research their questions through internet searches. 


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Trainee Workloads Increasing

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July 2015

A study in the JACR® found that radiology resident and fellow workloads have been on a steady rise. The authors of the study analyzed Medicare Part B/Physician Summary Master Files (which aggregate billing claims submitted by physicians) from 1998 to 2010. During that period, trainee workload rose by 26 percent, with the sharpest increases in higher-complexity reads like CT and MRI. While increased workload carries some negative consequences, the authors of the study also believe reading higher numbers of cases can mean increased educational opportunities for trainees. “In combination with electronic medical records and speech recognition software, contemporary radiology trainees are almost certainly reviewing current and comparison images, obtaining pertinent clinical data, and generating radiology reports more efficiently than was historically possible. Time previously spent ‘digging through the jacket’ to find old films can now be spent actually reviewing additional studies. Given such technological enablers, we believe that increased volumes may actually be more of an educational benefit than a hindrance,” wrote the authors. 


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What's New in the JACR®

Check out the latest online articles.

JACRBlog

July 2015

In July, the journal features empowered patients, updates on dense breast legislation, and CME opportunities.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links From Around the Web

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July 2015

This week we’re reading about passive voice in radiology reports, getting physicians on social media, and how doctors die.

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Making a Difference

One New York City radiologist bucks convention to establish a patient rounding program at her hospital.

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If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We understand instinctively that all that glitters is not gold. Roundtrip airfare to Paris for just $150? Sure. A subscription to Wired for the one-time low cost of ten cents per month? We start looking for the strings.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing links from around the web.

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July 2015

This week we have ICD-10 deadline woes, a primer for the Merit-Based Incentive System (MIPS), and more.

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Why Hiring Women and Minorities is Good For Your Practice

Prioritizing diversity isn't just a good ethical principle — it's good business sense.

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July 2015

What do companies like MasterCard, IBM, and Dell have in common? They’re all successful organizations that make it a point to promote diversity in their hiring practices.

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Modernizing the Radiology Residency Curricula

Are we training tomorrow’s radiologists to succeed in yesterday’s health systems?

Arohime

July 2015

The field of radiology is in a state of flux. Changes in the financial and political landscape, along with numerous technological innovations, threaten to transform how radiology has been traditionally practiced.

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A Resident’s Primer on Breast Density

Are we communicating with our patients clearly about this controversial topic?

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July 2015

What Does Current Breast Density Legislation Entail?

In October 2009, Connecticut passed Public Act 09-41, requiring radiologists to communicate breast density information to patients undergoing mammography for both screening and diagnostic mammograms.

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3 Things to Read Today 

Intriguing links from around the web.

 

Links Post

July 2015

This week in links we have mammography standoffs on Capitol Hill, news on AHRQ, and more.

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