Preparing Radiologists for the Future

How is the College supporting radiologists entering new payment structures?

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May 2015

In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell wrote that by 2016 she expects 85 percent of payments in the Medicare program, including those within the fee-for-service system, will have a link to quality or value.

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Final Read

Ronald J. Boucher, MD

 

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May 2015

Q: How does your practice demonstrate the principles of Imaging 3.0™?

As a battlefield radiologist in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I was privileged to serve as chief of radiology on a multinational and multidisciplinary team. Serving during a war reinforced to me how critical Imaging 3.0 principles are to the success of health care. Our radiologists inserted themselves at the beginning of the care process for trauma patients, determining whether the patient needed to go directly to the operating room or get further CT evaluations.

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#ACR2015 in Tweets: Wednesday, May 20

Find out what people are talking about at the ACR Annual Meeting.

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May 2015

The ACR’s first all-member annual meeting has been buzzing with social media activity from members from throughout the College (and from one persistent Twitter spam bot). We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. What were your top tweets this year?

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Coming Through the Crossroads

Accomplishments of the 2014–15 CSC and a view of the year ahead

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May 2015

What a year it has been! The 22 members of the 2014–2015 CSC were extremely busy over the past year, working on new and ongoing projects in preparation for ACR 2015 and for the council at large.

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In Case You Missed It

ACR 2015 Hill Day

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On Wednesday, hundreds of radiologists headed to Capitol Hill as part of ACR 2015. Attendees met with their members of Congress to advocate for the specialty and educate legislators about patient care. Here's what members told us and tweeted during the action-packed day on the Hill.

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#ACR2015 in Tweets: Tuesday, May 19

Find out what people are talking about at the ACR Annual Meeting.social

May 2015

The ACR’s first all-member annual meeting has been buzzing with social media activity from members from throughout the College (and from one persistent Twitter spam bot). We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. What were your top tweets this year?

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Moreton Lecture: Imaging in the Era of Precision Medicine

Radiology is well-positioned as health care becomes increasingly person-based.

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May 2015

On Tuesday morning, James H. Thrall, MD, FACR, chair emeritus at Massachusetts General Hospital and Distinguished Taveras Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, delivered the highly anticipated Moreton Lecture: “Imaging in the Era of Precision Medicine.”

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Capitol Hill Cheat Sheet 2015

Find out the big issues members raised with their representatives during ACR 2015.

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May 2015

On Wednesday, ACR members head  to Capitol Hill to discuss issues at the intersection of patient care and legislation. Here’s a cheat sheet explaining what radiologists are paying attention to on Capitol Hill.

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A Horse of a Different Color

Imaging 3.0TM leaders reflect on physician payment reform and its effects on radiology.

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May 2015

Henry Ford had a famous saying: "If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Ford was referring to Model Ts, but he may as well have been talking about radiology.

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Hand in Hand

Taking your practice through big changes requires collaboration.

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May 2015

During the ACR 2015 session “Working Synergistically to Succeed Now and in the Future,” radiology practice leaders discussed tactics for leading a radiology practice through times of potentially radical change. Among the speakers’ key takeaways was bringing the entire practice on board but through negotiation and cooperation rather than through force. Follow these steps to lead your team through new territory and unfamiliar challenges.

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Imaging Appropriateness Made Easy 

Quality experts weigh in on the radiologist’s important role in ensuring imaging appropriateness.

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May 2015

During the ACR 2015 presentation titled “Imaging Appropriateness in the Era of Imaging 3.0,” Margaret Ferguson, MD, vice president and chief value officer at the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, pinpointed an issue facing much of radiology: radiologists are often blamed for inappropriate imaging when, in fact, it’s not their fault. To combat this perception problem, radiologists should not grow frustrated but, instead, take action.

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Election Results

ACR 2015

Election Results

May 2015

Find out who will be leading this College this year.

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In Case You Missed It

ACR 2015: Monday May 18

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May 2015

Here's what happened on day 2 of the conference.

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#ACR2015 in Tweets: Monday, May 18

Find out what people are talking about at the ACR Annual Meeting.

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May 2015

The ACR’s first all-member annual meeting kicked off with social media activity from members from throughout the College (and from one persistent Twitter spam bot). We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. What were your top tweets this year ?

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No Left Turns in Radiology

What do UPS trucks have to do with data and radiology?

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May 2015

Have you ever heard the urban legend that UPS drivers don’t make left turns? As it turns out, it’s not actually an urban legend, a fact Woojin Kim, MD, assistant professor of radiology at the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, used to illustrate the incredible power big data might hold for radiology.

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#ACR2015 in Tweets

Find out what people are talking about at the ACR Annual Meeting. 

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May 2015

The ACR’s first all-member annual meeting kicked off with social media activity from members from throughout the College (and from one persistent Twitter spam bot). We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. What were your top tweets this year ?

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In Case You Missed It

ACR 2015: Sunday, May, 17  

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May 2015

ACR 2015 started off with a bang. Here are the goings-on from day 1 of the conference.

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What Diversity Can Do For You

Having a diverse practice isn’t just a good ethical principle — it’s also good business sense.

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May 2015

What do companies like MasterCard, IBM, and Dell have in common?

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The Locals’ Guide to Washington, D.C.

In the run-up to ACR 2015, ACR members and staff share their top spots in the city.

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May 2015

As attendees flock to the capital city for ACR 2015, local members and staff are welcoming visitors to our city with a list of our favorite places. Here’s where you’re likely to find us when we’re out and about.

 

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Incidental Findings, Without Incident

We’re encountering more incidental findings than ever, thanks to exciting advances in imaging technology. How are radiologists managing these unexpected discoveries? 

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May 2015

A referring physician suspects that a patient with flank pain has a kidney stone and orders a CT study. But while interpreting the imaging exam, the radiologist detects something abnormal in the patient’s pancreas. Unexpected and unrelated to the patient’s clinical condition, the finding is classified as incidental.

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Waiting to Exhale

CMS officially announced its coverage of lung cancer screening in February. How did we get here?

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May 2015

Like a lot of stories, this one starts with a prologue, some background to remind us where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.

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Spreading the Word About Imaging 3.0™

Imaging 3.0 takes center stage in San Francisco Medicine

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May 2015

Imaging 3.0 took center stage in the March issue of San Francisco Medicine, the journal of the San Francisco Medical Society. The issue explored radiology’s role in a transforming health care environment. “Radiology is in the midst of a major evolution, if not revolution. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true,” wrote Roger S. Eng, MD, MPH, FACR, president of the San Francisco Medical Society, in his introduction to the issue. “And as physicians who order imaging studies, you should know how this transition will impact you and your patients.” Read the full issue

Learn From the Leaders in Ultrasound

Check out the SRU Annual Meeting

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May 2015

Image Soundly, the 25th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, will be held October 23–25, 2015, in Chicago. The conference will include a plenary session, “Evolving Applications of Ultrasound: What’s New and Different,” as well as a keynote address, “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: The Arthroscope of the Future?” by SRU Fellow Levon N. Nazarian, MD, FACR. Additional sessions will focus on vascular, head and neck, obstetrical, gynecological, and liver imaging. The experts session will include a film panel and a discussion of missed cases. A series of 35 small workshops will include sessions on abdominal and pediatric imaging. Registration opens in early June. For additional details, visit www.sru.org.


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Creating Your Brand, Radiology-style

Build your practice’s image with these branding tips.

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May 2015

Radiologists face a struggle in today’s current health care climate. How can they promote value-based care, and how do they stand out against other specialties that now offer imaging services?

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Connecting With Legislators

Interested in hosting a visit from your member of Congress? One Hawaii practice tells its story.

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In this era of health care reform, radiologists must demonstrate value to a variety of audiences. To communicate with patients, it might mean seeking out face-to-face interaction and clarifying the role of the specialty. With other physicians, it could mean discussing critical results and joining hospital committees. But what about policy-makers?

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Dreaming the Impossible

How can radiologists look past the current difficulties in their specialty?

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In the musical play Man of La Mancha, the delusional idealist Don Quixote is asked why he does the ridiculous things he does. Before breaking into the iconic song “The Impossible Dream,” he responds simply, “I come in a world of iron … to make a world of gold.”1

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Most Valuable (Radiology) Practice

Strategies and best practices to catch the vision of Imaging 3.0® in your practice

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Updated August 2016

Created in Partnership with RBMAlogo

Editor's Note: This document is intended to be a living document. Please feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions you may have. 

Radiology is integral to the health care system, a powerful component of the care team. While few doubt the results radiology brings to health care, radiologists face challenges in communicating their specialty’s value to referring physicians, patients, payers, and administrators. Imaging 3.0 supports radiology groups that understand the challenges of today and are ready to move forward. This action plan will assist practices in charting a course through the challenges and opportunities in our evolving health care system.

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Your New Favorite Hash Tag

Spotlight on Social Media

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With so many points of intersection between radiology and pathology, it was only a matter of time before physicians in the two specialties started tweeting at each other (and potentially grossing out non-physicians in the process). Here’s how it works.

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We’re Stronger Together

As we gather for ACR 2015, our message is magnified by our numbers.

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May 2015

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead

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More than the Sum of Its Parts

Find out about the resources the JACR® has to offer.

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May 2015

As the only peer-reviewed journal published by the College, the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) is unlike any tome among the hundreds of radiology journals currently in publication. Although it doesn’t cover strictly clinical cases, it contains a wealth of radiology information that many find important and influential.

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