ACR Bulletin July 2017
Raymond E. Bozman, MD, FACR
It was the summer of 1978 and the rising second-year medical student was beginning an elective rotation in radiology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
July 2017 Case of the Month
Gastric trichobezoar with secondary perforation
RFS Member Experience at ACR 2017: Part 1
The 2017 ACR meeting was an incredible behind-the-scenes experience into the political side of medicine and radiology.
Growing the YPS
What is the ACR doing to support members entering practice for the first time?
The ACR Young and Early Career Physician Section (YPS) represents a strong segment of the College at around 7,983 members.
MACRA and Informatics
How do technology tools factor in to new reimbursement models — and what does it all mean for radiology?
As I'm sure you've heard, 2017 is the first performance period of the MACRA-derived Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP includes two payment pathways, and almost all radiologists will be scored under the Merit-Based Payment System (MIPS).
Radiologists and Internet Transparency: You Can Run but You Cannot Hide
Do you know what your patients are posting about you? It's time to look.
Locked away in dark reading rooms, insulated from patients and referring physicians, radiologists can nearly double their RVU production — and that translates into a hefty income differential. Working in isolation, it might seem, can be quite lucrative.
What You Mean to Population Health
How will shifting health care models affect radiology's role in patient care?
Fifteen years ago, population health was a "relatively new term, not yet precisely defined." Today, population health — and more specifically population health management — is on most medical specialists' minds, even if they aren't sure exactly how it will affect their practices and their patients.
Cambodia's Lost Generation
Radiologists trace the collapse of Cambodia's health care system and the road to recovery.
In December 2010, Morlie L. Wang, MD, sat on a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reading a Lonely Planet travel book. Busy with preparation, it was the first time she had been able to read about Cambodia's history, despite her plans to spend a month in the small Asian country on a Goldberg-Reeder travel grant.
The specialty’s first champion was selected based on his focus on reducing unnecessary imaging for ICU patients.
Jeffrey P. Kanne, MD, was recently named radiology’s first champion in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Champions program.
Antitrust in Medicine
Recent legal changes are altering the competitive landscape in health care.
In the past, we have written extensively about the concept of antitrust law while noting that the government seemed to show little interest in using it to regulate consolidation in the hospital and medical insurance areas.1, 2
From Practice to Policy
How the RAN influences legislation affecting radiology, and how you can get involved.
The Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) launched in 2012 to educate radiologists about important issues and guide their participation in legislative advocacy.