Dispatches: News from the College and Beyond

March 2017


ACR Education Center Hits Registration Milestone

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The ACR Education Center surpassed the 10,000 mark for course registrations in 2016, demonstrating its powerful role in helping radiologists sharpen their skills, strengthen their practices, and become better providers in a value-based collaborative health care system. “The ACR Education Center continues to offer an unparalleled case-based training experience, giving radiologists hands-on instruction in an intense simulation environment from worldclass faculty in various subspecialties,” said Pablo R. Ros, MD, MPH, PhD, FACR, the center’s physician-in-chief. The center now offers 18 courses, and attendees who meet the case requirements specified for each course receive certificates indicating compliance with ACR Practice Parameters. 

Imaging 3.0®: The Real-Time Benefits of Registries

New payment models require radiologists to report value-based metrics for Medicare reimbursement.But most radiologists have difficulty proving the positive impact they have on patient care. Participating in ACR registries can help. The ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR)® allows radiologists to compare their performance to national benchmarks, develop quality improvement programs, and quantify the value they provide. Radiologists at one New Jersey practice, Hackensack Radiology Group, are seeing the benefits of participating in the NRDR, including the Dose Index Registry® and the General Radiology Improvement Database. 

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New Online Resource Enhances End the Confusion Campaign

The Society of Breast Imaging now offers an interactive e-book that expands on its End the Confusion campaign. The e-book contains rich content such as infographics, videos, and blogs that patients and providers can use to clarify conflicting information surrounding mammography guidelines. It is also a valuable tool to keep reporters, opinion leaders, and policymakers up-to-date on mammography issues. 

Radiologists Leading Providers of Enteral Access Maintenance Services

A recent study from the Neiman Health Policy Institute® has found that the last two decades have seen a substantial decline in new enteral access procedures in the Medicare population. At the same time, maintenance services such as replacement and salvage have increased with radiologists and emergency physicians surpassing gastroenterologists and surgeons as the leading providers of maintenance procedures. “These findings should help radiologists and their health system provider partners develop integrated practice units and alternative payment models for cost-effective care of conditions requiring enteral access,” Wenshuai Wan, MD, lead study author and University of Pennsylvania radiology resident, said. 

"Seeking out and finding the appropriate channels to implement meaningful change can be a seemingly impossible task if you don’t understand or have appropriate guidance to find the person or people who can get things done." — C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, in "New Skills Required for Imaging Leaders"


Are you claimingyour free from the JACR?
Each month the JACR offers multiple articles eligible for free CME for ACR members. Go to  to find eligible articles, including the following:
· Patient- and Family-Centered Care:A Primer
· Succession Planning and Management:The Backbone of the Radiology Group’s Future
· Difficult Doctors, Difficult Patients:Building Empathy

Goldberg-Reeder Travel Grant – Apply Today

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 Are you a resident interested in providing health care in low-income countries? Applications for the ACR Foundation Goldberg-Reeder Resident Travel Grant are now being accepted for 2017. The grant awards up to $2,000 each year to qualified radiology and radiation oncology residents and fellows to volunteer for at least one month in an underserved country. For more information, contact Karen Orozco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



"When you sit at the table with people and you talk and work together face-to-face in meetings, youget to know one another. Then, when the time comes to care for patients, there’s a level of trust and understanding that opens the lines of communication that ultimately leads to better care." — Philip A. Rogoff, MD, on participating in an independent practice association for an Imaging 3.0 Case Study

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