May 2018

Your Dues at Work

Where do membership dollars go, and how are they spent?

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As chair of the ACR BOC, I have enjoyed welcoming several new members to the board. Each time, I remember the exhilaration I felt when I joined the board and saw first-hand the scope and scale of ACR activities. Having volunteered for several radiology professional societies in the past, I felt privileged to be part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of practicing radiologists.

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The Economics of Population Health Management

Elevating radiology’s role in these initiatives may require greater integration and accountability.

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The ACR Commission on Economics supports population health management (PHM). That may be the easiest position I have ever taken as chair of the commission. After all, who doesn’t want our population to be healthier?

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Answering the Call (or Mail)

What should you do first when you receive a legal inquiry?

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Healthcare anti-fraud and abuse enforcement remains alive and well in 2018. The anti-fraud provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as mandatory reporting and returning overpayments, continue after Congress failed to repeal the ACA in 2017. In addition, federal and state investigators and prosecutors have applied the longstanding framework of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute in many high-profile cases against physicians. As imaging remains central to patient care, ACR members must run their practices carefully to protect their patients’ interests and avoid claims being brought against the group.

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Population Health Management 

 

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Fifteen years ago, population health was a relatively new term. Today, population health management (PHM) is on the minds of medical specialists throughout healthcare, even if they aren’t sure exactly how it will affect their practices and their patients. This May 2018 Bulletin special section breaks down what PHM looks like in radiology and how it can lead to better outcomes for patients.

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ACR Membership: Value Guaranteed

The College provides benefits that advance the profession through advocacy, economics, informatics, education, research, and quality and safety.

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When it comes to paying ACR dues, most members want to know, “What’s in it for me?” and, increasingly, “What’s in it for us?” Research has shown that members want to know what their association is doing to promote, advance, and defend the profession. In addition to providing members with the tools and resources they need to flourish, the College delivers many benefits to empower radiologists and the patients they serve.

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The Tale of Two Appointments

Radiologic care needs to be provided in a manner that incorporates the needs, wants, and values of the patient.

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On Dec. 20, 2017, I had two separate diagnostic imaging appointments: one was for an ultrasound and the other was for a follow-up mammogram. I had finished treatment for breast cancer six months before. Even though both appointments involved my breasts, the two experiences could not have been more different.

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So You’re Coming in for Lung Cancer Screening

Here’s the information you should know before undergoing a low-dose CT scan.

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