ACR Bulletin | November 2015
Changing Platitudes to Attitudes
MACRA Legislation means the Time for Action is Now.
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.
Michael J. Kasotakis, MD
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.
A member-in-training perspective on diversity now and in the future
In my own experience, I don’t think the question we should be asking is, why are radiology and radiation oncology being so exclusionary?
Lung Cancer Screening Resource Roundup
Start here to learn more about lung cancer screening.
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.
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.
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.
A Look Into ACR Leadership
Who represents you in ACR's governance? Take a look at the demographic breakdown of the College's leadership.
What's coming for the radiology workforce?
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.
Diversifying Your Strategy
Building a diverse team can lead to better patient care, increased referrals, and more.
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.
3 Things to Read Today
Intriguing Links from Around the Web
This week, we're reading about how metrics can add to value-based care, how radiologists can reduce unecessary imaging, and more.
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?
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.
November JACR Highlights
What should I read this month?
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.
How to Start an Online Journal Club
Lessons learned four years after launching the ACR RFS virtual journal club
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.
The Importance of Participating in the AMA
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.
What is the Role of Physician Extenders in Radiology?
A look inside the October RFS Journal Club
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.
Getting Specific About Patient-Centered Care
The chair of ACR’s newest commission looks at where radiology fits into value-based health care.
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.