ACR Bulletin | November 2015

Changing Platitudes to Attitudes

MACRA Legislation means the Time for Action is Now.

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November 2015

In November 2014, David C. Levin, MD, FACR, gave the RSNA’s Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology. In his address, Dave challenged us all — radiologists and our specialty societies alike — not to let our specialty societies’ value-based initiatives become merely “convenient slogans” for the specialty.

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Final Read

Michael J. Kasotakis, MD

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November 2015 

Q:What does the radiologist of the future look like?

In the past, a radiologist’s value may have hinged on one or two attributes.

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Diversified Assets

A member-in-training perspective on diversity now and in the future

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In my own experience, I don’t think the question we should be asking is, why are radiology and radiation oncology being so exclusionary?

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November Case of the Month

 

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Authors: Mohammed Hoque, MD, R1, Resident, Department of Radiology, Jay Shah, MD, R2, Resident, Department of Radiology, Eric F. Greif, DO, R2, Resident, Department of Radiology, Samah Jan, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging, Body Imaging, Department of Radiology

Institution: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Lung Cancer Screening Resource Roundup

Start here to learn more about lung cancer screening.

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November 2015

It’s been a big year for lung cancer screening. In February, years of research and advocacy efforts paid off when tens of thousands of Medicare patients gained access to this life-saving screening. Since then, providers and patients have been figuring out what this access looks like in practice.

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A Case for Open Patient Records

After a voluntary MRI reveals an abnormality in his brain, one MIT grad student becomes an advocate for open medical records — a critical element to engaging patients as partners in care.

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November 2015

When Steven Keating walked on stage carrying a 3D-printed model of his skull and brain tumor, everyone was eager to hear what the advocate for open-sourced medical records had to say.

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A Look Into ACR Leadership

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November 2015

Who represents you in ACR's governance? Take a look at the demographic breakdown of the College's leadership.

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Snapshot: Jobs

What's coming for the radiology workforce?

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November 2015

Each year the ACR Commission on Human Resources survey practices far and wide to get a current snaposhot of radiology's work environment and to make projections of the year to come. Check out some of the top findings below.

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Diversifying Your Strategy

Building a diverse team can lead to better patient care, increased referrals, and more. 

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In 2014, Curtiland Deville Jr., MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, co-authored a paper about diversity in radiology. The researchers found that just 23.5 percent of diagnostic radiologists are women and only 6.5 percent are underrepresented minorities (URMs) in medicine — blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, native Alaskans, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. But what surprised Deville was that the findings were not new.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links from Around the Web

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November 2015

This week, we're reading about how metrics can add to value-based care, how radiologists can reduce unecessary imaging, and more.

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On the Road to Value-Based Care

How can a newly funded CMS grant program position you for success in demonstrating value and making a difference in patient care?

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November 2015

The journey to value-based reimbursement is full of twists and turns, ups and downs. On paper, the map to the future of health care seems simple enough — provide the best possible care for patients and you’ll be rewarded.

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November JACR Highlights

What should I read this month?

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November 2015

This month the journal features articles on the job situation in radiology, the ICD-10 transition, and perspectives on residency spots. Here is a list of articles in the JACR® that may be of particular interests to residents and fellows.

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How to Start an Online Journal Club

Lessons learned four years after launching the ACR RFS virtual journal club

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November 2015

It’s Thursday evening and I’m wrapping up my work for the day. Taking a look at my watch, I’m relieved to see I’ll make it to journal club on time. Instead of running out the door, I simply minimize the PACS and launch my web browser.

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The Importance of Participating in the AMA

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November 2015
McKinley Glover, MD, ACR RFS vice chair, explains why he got involved in the AMA and why residents need to have a voice in the future of medicine.

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What is the Role of Physician Extenders in Radiology?

A look inside the October RFS Journal Club

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November 2015

In the current world of physician shortages and demand for more affordable care, the extent of advanced practices providers’ role in health care is a topic of interest. Some predict that the country’s demand for physician services may soon exceed the supply, creating a drive for the increased utilization of nurses and physician assistants in clinical practice.

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Getting Specific About Patient-Centered Care

The chair of ACR’s newest commission looks at where radiology fits into value-based health care.

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November 2015

For my column this month, I spoke with James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, about his latest role at the ACR, as chair of the brand new Commission on Patient Experience. I’ve worked with Jim for several years in his role as chair of our Committee on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and treasure him as a colleague and friend.

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