August 2018

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Female radiologists break new ground at the annual meeting.

glass ceiling 1Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, receives the 2018 William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, Award.

ACR 2018 brought forth several historic moments for the radiology specialty, and specifically for women.

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What’s Your Story?

Radiologists are joining the wider conversation in medicine. Here’s what you need to know about getting involved.

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Nicole B. Saphier, MD, participates in an interview on “Fox and Friends.”

 When Jennifer L. Kemp, MD, FACR, a radiologist in Denver, Colo., participated in an interview with a New York Times reporter about radiologists being more patient-centered, it did not go as she expected. “Initially, I started rambling off facts and figures. I thought I needed to prove what I was saying with data,” she says. But then the reporter began to pull a story out of her.

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It’s All About the Patient

The Economics Forum stressed fair payment and patient-centered care.

20180521 ACR18 dh 2472Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, moderates the Economics Forum.

The Economics Forum kept true to course with focal points on upholding fee-for-service payments, navigating the ongoing (yet manageable) evolution of MACRA and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), as well as embracing population  health management.

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The Power of Big Data

 The Moreton Lecturer urged radiologists to think creatively about data that could shape their field.

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Moreton Lecturer Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, discusses his innovative approach to healthcare research with ACR 2018 attendees.

 "Think broadly, think differently, be open-minded,” said economist and physician Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, who presented this year’s Moreton Lecture. Jena’s address discussed the role of “natural experiments” in healthcare research. What is a natural experiment? Essentially, it’s an everyday occurrence that yields randomized data that can impact healthcare standards, practices, and even policy.

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Increasing Our Presence in Organized Medicine

 A trip to the AMA House of Delegates shows that our role in healthcare extends beyond the dark room.

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In June, I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago. Despite having served on the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee as ACR’s representative for four years, I am still relatively new to the governance aspect of this more than 200,000-member organization. Unlike the “no electioneering” rules that govern the elections at the ACR’s annual meeting, there is robust campaigning at the AMA. Badges and campaign speeches abound as physicians seek to gain the votes of the various councils and delegations.

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Final Read

Humaira Chaudhry

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Q: What changes do you see for the specialty in the next ten years?

Although 44 percent of all medical residents are women, only 27 percent of residents in radiology are women. Similarly, 9.6 percent of all medical residents are underrepresented minorities, while only 5.5 percent of radiology residents are part of this cohort. This matters as the specialty seeks equity within its membership — and when practices look at their bottom lines. Research shows organizations in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to outperform those in the bottom quartile.

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The Interoperability of Health IT

Policymakers focus on which systems and devices can exchange and interpret shared data — and radiology is key to the discussions.

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Most of us have had the following experience: We are either preparing for a procedure or interpreting an imaging examination, when we realize we do not have access to prior images from an outside facility. Even when prior images are available, basic clinical information (such as operative reports or pathology reports) may be missing. This shortcoming may result in unnecessary imaging, an inconclusive report, needless follow-up, or an unwarranted intervention.

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Heading to the Hill

Over 450 radiologists, fellows, and residents participated in the annual lobbying effort during ACR 2018.hill day 1

At ACR 2018, radiologists once again headed to Capitol Hill to meet their senators and representatives to advocate for their patients.

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