Introducing the ACR Commission on Patient Experience
A newly formed group helps radiologists put our patients in the center.
Now more than ever, radiologists look to the ACR to lead the way in a changing health care system. One of the most exciting areas of change is the push to understand and improve the patient experience. I’m pleased to announce an important step in supporting radiologists as they provide patient-centered imaging care: the ACR Commission on Patient Experience.
Michael T. Otte, MD
Q: How can you add value to health care through advocacy?
I have little experience or ambition politically but began working in the Colorado Radiologic Society. I received ACR emails and bulletins describing urgent legislation that could be detrimental to our livelihoods. I wasn’t sure how to get involved in influencing the health care system because I did not understand advocacy.
Targeting Imaging Needs and Challenges in Tanzania
A resident’s experience conducting a RAD-AID Radiology-Readiness Survey.
By far, my favorite part of radiology residency has been the ever growing presence of global health outreach and my interactions with others in learning about the challenges unique to different countries. I love figuring out innovative solutions to overcome these challenges and generating discussions to spread the spark of imagination.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to be part of a three-person team headed by Dr. Woojin Kim, MD, traveling to Tanzania to help with a Radiology-Readiness Survey being conducted by RAD-AID, a non-profit organization with the overall mission to improve radiology resources in areas of need across the world.
3 Things to Read Today
Intriguing Links From Around the Web
This week we have how one radiologist's battle wth cancer has helped her connect with patients, ways you can make an impact as a leader, and what patients are looking for from hospitals.
A Memorable Meeting
The ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC) and Council Steering Committee (CSC) conducted their spring meeting May 16 and 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
Occurring in conjunction with ACR 2015™, the leadership discussed opportunities to bolster member engagement, to continue ACR’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, and to aid radiologists and practices in adapting to health care reform.
What’s New in the JACR®
Check out the latest online articles.
In August, the journal features the latest workforce survey, how residents are faring in their matches, and terms you should stay away from in your radiology report.
We Started a Radiology Consultation Clinic
One institution shares its experience offering patient consultations with radiology residents.
At Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), radiology residents are on the frontlines of patient care, rounding with primary care physicians to speak with patients about imaging results. Colin M. Segovis, MD, PhD, RFS secretary, talked with Mark D. Mangano, MD, chief resident in radiology at MGH, to get the scoop on how the clinic came about and which metrics radiologists are collecting to demonstrate the clinic’s value.
Bridging the Gender Gap in Radiology: Part 1
Setting the Foundation
Three years ago, I sat in a room full of applicants and waited to get over my interview jitters ahead of my first radiology residency interview. Those who had already interviewed reassured me that conversation was casual, and, indeed, the interviews were meant as a way to get to know us as opposed to being a chance to grill us on details of research or test clinical acumen. My first interviewer, a female radiologist, caught me by surprise: “Why do you think there are so few female radiologists?”
The 2015–2016 CSC begins its term with a refocused purpose and an ambitious list of goals.
The 2014-2015 was a very successful year for the Council Steering Committee (CSC), culminating with ACR 2015, an annual meeting for all members based around the theme the Crossroads of Radiology. A few of the highlights of the past year include significant planning for the new meeting, advancing the CSC liaison process, and passing a number of CSC generated and sponsored policy resolutions.
A Rotation in Japan
There's more than clinical learning to be done abroad.
After a recent elective rotation in Tokyo, Ivan M. DeQuesada, MD, sat down with Colin M. Segovis, MD, PhD, RFS secretary, to fill us in on daily life as a resident in Japan, setting up an international experience, and the art of break-room picnics.
Seeking Out the C-Suite
As health care shifts, now is the time to establish relationships with your system leaders.
Radiologists are interacting more broadly in their health systems, and they shouldn’t forget the health system’s leadership, which includes titles like the CEO, CMO, and CFO (hence the term “C-suite”).
From Theory to Practice
Although clinical decision support implementation is mandatory by January 2017, radiologists still need to advocate for the technology.
In April 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) was signed into law. Among the provisions of the bill was a mandate requiring physicians who ordered advanced diagnostic imaging to consult clinical decision support
You’d think that with 2017 just around the corner, the work for advocating for CDS would be finished.
#RLI2015 in Tweets
Radiologists gather to learn about business, teamwork, and leadership from some of the industry's best.
This year at the RLI Leadership Summit, the spotlight was on radiologists reaching out to patients, understanding emotional intelligence, and conquering some of the critical issues facing the industry. We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. Were you at the meeting? What stood out to you?
3 Things to Read Today
Intriguing Links from Around the Web
This week, we’re reading about further complications in the shift to ICD-10, recommendations for better communication, and physician thoughts on end-of-life care.
Smooth Sailing for ICD-10 Claims
Good news for those nervous about adopting ICD-10: Most reports have gone through without a hitch.
Speed Reading Causes Errors
Which is better: quickly turned out reports or more thorough slow readings? A recent article in the JACR® has added to the debate. According to the article, when radiologists increase their image reporting speeds, they increase the likelihood of significant misses and mistakes.
Research Gains for Atypical Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease holds a number of unknowns for researchers, particularly the more rare atypical variants of the condition. Even basic information about how to detect the disease and where it forms remains a mystery. But recent research published in Radiology may have taken a step forward in understanding some forms of the disease.
Connecting With Colleagues
Referring physicians and radiologists are working together more closely than ever. How can physician collaboration boost patient care?
The radiologist’s increased role in the care team will bring more opportunities to provide value in interactions with referring physicians.
As patient interaction increases, how can radiologists improve communication to ensure appropriate care and maximize value?
As you may have noticed in your practice, patients today increasingly expect to understand and make decisions about the health care they are receiving.
Introducing the August Special Stakeholder Issue
Learn how to connect and add value for various stakeholders with tips from stakeholder leaders.
"It's hard to place the patient at the center of health care if you're standing there yourself." - James V. Rawson, MD, FACR
With new payment models throwing health care into transition, now is the time to remember why we became physicians in the first place.
It’s August and I hope that you all are enjoying at least a little downtime this summer. Even my hectic adopted city of New York is quieter these days, and it’s a good time to recharge the batteries.
How To Get CDS Adopted in Your Health System
Find out how these radiologists got early clinical decision supprt adoption passed.
In April 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) was signed into law. Among the various provisions of the bill was a mandate requiring physicians who ordered advanced diagnostic imaging exams to consult government-approved, evidence-based appropriate-use criteria through a clinical decision support (CDS) system.