Remembering John Curry

ACR Executive Director from 1984 to 2003

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September 2015

John J. Curry, former executive director of the ACR, passed away April 5, 2015, but left behind a legacy of love for the College, his co-workers, and his family.

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Final Read

Mark H. LeQuire, MD, FACR

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September 2015

Q: Tell us about a colleague who inspired you. 

Mentors. What an essential ingredient to success in one’s professional career. I have been blessed to have one at every stage of my life. All my mentors have had a part in shaping me, but one individual in particular inspired me to become the radiologist that I am.

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The 2015 RLI Leadership Summit

Reflections by Residents and Fellows

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The Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) Summit, a four-day program held at Babson College, brought together trainees, practicing radiologists, and allied health professionals to learn management and leadership skills from business experts. Scholarships for trainees to attend the summit are available through the RLI and through state chapters of the ACR. The RFS caught up with several scholarship winners to hear about their experiences and takeaways from the summit.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links from Around the Web

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September 2015
This week, we’re reading about physician perceptions of care, the value of patient interaction, and how you can be prepared to be a physician at any minute.

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The Skunk Works

Socioeconomics from the general, small, rural practice perspective

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September 2015

If you are an aviation buff, you may have heard of the Skunk Works, a top secret aerospace engineering division that has developed the most advanced aircraft in history.

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What Leadership Can Do for You

At the 2015 RLI Summit, radiologists gathered to learn from some of the business industry’s best.

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September 2015

August 6–9, 2015, marked another landmark collaboration between one of the nation’s top business schools, Babson College, and the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI).

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A Resident-to-Resident Discussion About ICD-10

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September 2015
As the ICD-10 transition is upon us, I sat down to discuss the transition to ICD-10 with Margaret Fleming, MD, of Emory University. Dr. Fleming and her colleagues recently published a manuscript on this topic, entitled “Magnitude of Impact, Overall and on Subspecialties, of Transitioning in Radiology from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Codes” in the JACR™. As Dr. Fleming explains, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnosis coding system is designed to track epidemiologic data worldwide, but it is also integral to medical billing and reimbursement. The combination of the CPT and ICD codes is used to determine medical necessity, which is a criterion for reimbursement.

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The Value of ACR Membership

A Call to Action

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September 2015

With over 37,000 members, there are many reasons to join the ACR. While each benefit adds to the collective value of ACR membership, two characteristics distinguish the College among radiological organizations: foresight and leadership.

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Peer Reviewed

How to get your articles accepted, shared, and cited in the competitive world of scholarly publishing.

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September 2015

Researchers estimate that the number of academic peer-reviewed papers increases by around 3 percent each year. Which doesn’t sound like that much until you consider just how many papers are being published: 1.8 million in 2012.

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Surprising Strategies

The RLI’s first graduate shares lessons learned along the way.

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September 2015

When you imagine a successful leader, it’s easy to picture a scene not unlike that famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware: he’s standing in the prow of his boat, the American flag streaming behind him.
Yet for those studying the art and science of leadership, success often looks very different.

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Absolute Recommendations Taken More Seriously

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September 2015

How radiologists word recommendations for follow-up imaging in reports is important, says a recent article published in the JACR®.

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Patients Find Talking to Radiologists Beneficial

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September 2015

According to a recent study in the American Journal of Roentgenology, both radiologists and patients benefit from consultations.

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Locating the Reading Room

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September 2015

Having trouble communicating with your referring physician? The problem may be that they don’t know where to find you.

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The Uberization of Imaging

Incorporating ideas from the famous ride-sharing service into radiology may introduce roadblocks to quality patient care.

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September 2015

Many factors have driven radiology to the sidelines when it comes to providing direct, quality patient care. Chief among these is the fact that, with the advent of PACS, imaging specialists can be seen by referring providers and hospital administrators as interchangeable, offering the same services with relatively little difference in quality.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links from Around the Web

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September 2015

This week, we’re measuring the doctor-patient relationship, revealing invisible colleagues, and more.

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Precision Imaging: The Next Frontier

Radiology’s next great advancement is as small as the cells in our bodies.

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September 2015

Inrecent years, Angelina Jolie has made headlines with a series of New York Times op-eds detailing her efforts to avoid developing cancer. In 2013, the Oscar-winning actress, whose mother, grandmother, and aunt all died of cancer, wrote that she had a mutation of the BRCA1 gene and detailed her decision to have bilateral mastectomy. In 2015, she published another op-ed about her decision to have bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

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Allied Practice

Making your practice safe for transgender patients requires subtle yet vital considerations.

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In 2011, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce published a report analyzing the current state of discrimination against transgender individuals in the United States. They found that 25 percent of the surveyed group of transgender people experienced some form of harassment in a medical setting.

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Happy Birthday,Medicare and Medicaid!

Fifty years after their inception, both programs continue to evolve with the shifting health care landscape. Where do radiologists fit in?

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September 2015
This summer retired U.S. Senator Bill Frist, who (as most of you know) was a practicing physician before entering politics, and Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, wrote an excellent overview of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in JAMA.

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Redesigning Patient Communication

Updates to RadiologyInfo.org make the site and content more user-friendly.

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September 2015

For 15 years, RadiologyInfo.org has been bringing information to the public about a wide range of radiology exams. The collaborative effort between RSNA and the ACR recently underwent a major redesign with two goals in mind: to offer seamless access on a variety of devices and to convey the information in a way that would be easier for the general public to digest.

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