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ACR Offers New Contrast Reaction Summary Card

Recognizing the importance of managing acute reactions to contrast material, the ACR has compiled a contrast reaction summary card outlining treatment for common and serious contrast reactions. “Managing contrast reactions is a necessary, important, and stressful part of a radiologist’s job. In the heat of the moment it can be difficult to remember critical details — like the dose of epinephrine. This card can help improve that process,” says Matthew S. Davenport, MD, chair of ACR Committee on Drugs and Contrast Media. The creation of the card, which also includes details on premedication and extravasations, was spearheaded by Carolyn L. Wang, MD, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Washington and practicing radiologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The card is available for download on ACR’s website at acr.org/contrast.

Imaging 3.0: Engaging the Referring Clinician

Radiologists at Baylor College of Medicine partnered with family medicine clinicians on an R-SCAN® project to improve the appropriateness of lumbar spine imaging orders. The effort led to a 38 percent reduction in lumbar spine orders and an approximately 23 percent increase in the appropriateness rating for such orders. Read the case study at acr.org/engagephysician.   

Goldberg- Reeder Travel Grant Program Deadline Nears

The ACR Foundation provides up to four travel grants for qualified radiologists and radiation oncologists, residents, and fellows seeking to spend at least one month assisting in a developing country. The grant was created to further encourage international volunteer service among members-in-training. Applications and accompanying materials are due June 30. Learn more at acr.org/Goldberg- Reeder

CPI Releases New Neuro Module

The ACR Continuous Professional Improvement™ (CPI) program has released the new CPI Neuroradiology Module 2018. Members save $35 per module when selecting six modules through a customized CPI Select Six Series. CPI Gastrointestinal Tract 2015 and CPI Chest 2015 have been renewed for an additional two years and are valid through Feb. 28, 2020, and Apr. 30, 2020, respectively. Each CPI module includes 50 self-assessment questions written by subspecialist experts and offers up to 8 CME/SA-CME. Choose the print publication or the online examination and receive a free e-book copy. Learn more at acr.org/cpi.

Access the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Toolkit

The ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care, in collaboration with patient, family, and radiologist partners, has developed a comprehensive toolkit of online resources to help imaging practices and departments enhance patient engagement and transition to a more patient-focused culture. Using the toolkit, radiologists can access hundreds of free practice-specific tools, including assessments, planning checklists, case studies, articles, and educational resources. Patients, advocates, and radiologists who want to get involved are encouraged to submit content ideas online for additional resources that help prioritize the needs and values of patients and communities. To access the toolkit or contribute content, visit PFCCToolkit.acr.org.

Radiologist Professional Payments Boosted After Mitigation of CMS' MPPR Initiatives

Individual-provider multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) discounting between 2012 and 2014 resulted, on average, in more than $2,500 in lost payments per radiologist per year, according to a study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute®. The research, published online in the JACR®, assessed the impact of ACR evidence-based advocacy on radiologist professional reimbursement from CMS’ MPPR initiatives. “We estimate that coordinated ACR evidence-based advocacy efforts to roll back professional component MPPR will return over $50 million a year in professional revenue to radiologists for MPPR’s individual component alone,” noted Gelareh Sadigh, MD, lead study author and neuroradiology fellow at Emory University. Learn more at bit.ly/Radpay.

2018 ACR Quality and Safety Conference: Step into the Future of Medical Imaging

Attend the 10th annual ACR Annual Conference on Quality and Safety, where quality and data science experts will come together to deliver the latest on how AI can be applied for optimal patient care. Topics will include enhancing quality metrics and CMS Quality Payment Program performance targets, harnessing the power of AI for improved patient care, applying new informatics and decision support solutions, and adapting to shifting healthcare requirements. Learn more and register at acr.org/qualitymeeting.

ACR Fellow Program Gets Upgrade

The ACR launched a robust new application for its prestigious Fellow of the ACR (FACR) program. The new platform incorporates the required application sections in a user-friendly and intuitive system. The ACR has also expanded its FACR nomination criteria to honor the unique achievements of military radiologists. More information is available at acr.org/FACR

Radiologist Gets ACEP Choosing Wisely Champions Nod

Gregory N. Nicola, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Economics Committee on MACRA, is among a team of physicians chosen by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as Choosing Wisely® Champions. Nicola, vice president of the Hackensack Radiology Group, worked with the team at Hackensack University Medical and Trauma Center for two years to design and implement institutional paradigms based on Choosing Wisely recommendations. “The ACR R-SCAN® program focused on imaging Choosing Wisely topics allowed my group to be part of the conversation,” noted Nicola. “We leveraged R-SCAN resources to lead conversations about Choosing Wisely topics that were not being addressed at our home institution. This includes the appropriate use of imaging in minor head trauma, recurrent renal stones, and suspected pulmonary embolism.” Learn more at acr.org/ACEP_ChoosingWisely.

ACR’s Data Science Institute Case Selected for FDA-Funded NEST Program

An FDA-funded program intended to quickly bring safe and effective medical devices to market has picked an ACR Data Science Institute™ (DSI) use case for one of its first demonstration projects. The National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center selected the “Lung-RADS® Assist: Advanced Radiology Guidance, Reporting, and Monitoring” use case. The center supports reliable and costeffective evidence development regarding FDA medical device requirements. “We are proud that the NEST program recognizes the value of the ACR DSI’s groundbreaking work. The ACR DSI will employ our open framework, TOUCH-AI (Technology Oriented Use Cases for Healthcare AI), to provide infrastructure for ongoing longitudinal AI algorithm verification pre- and post-FDA approval. This can help bring better medical care to patients more quickly,” said DSI Chief Medical Officer Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR. Learn more at bit.ly/FDA_DSI.

Read a story. Leave a story.

Have you ever wondered what brought your colleagues to radiology? Or what types of patient care experiences move them? ACR is proud to give you a place to share. Check out the newly launched We Are ACR — a collection of stories that demonstrate the powerful, significant force-for-good that radiology and imaging professionals have on patients and healthcare. These stories are gathered to inspire, motivate and move you, and exemplify just how important your work is. While you’re reading about your colleagues and their patients, take a moment to leave your story at acr.org/We-Are-ACR.

Here's What You Missed

The Bulletin website is home to a wealth of content not featured in print. Check out blog posts, bonus articles, and other multimedia content at acrbulletin.org.

Price Transparency Blog Series

No matter how it’s defined, price transparency in imaging should be on every radiologist’s radar. Check out the Bulletin’s new blog series on how to frame crucial conversations with patients at bit.ly/Price_Transparency.

Media Training for Radiologists

As radiologists increasingly move beyond report generators to active and engaged members of the care team, you may experience increased visibility. How would you handle a request for an interview? Read more at bit.ly/Media_Rads.

Data Science and the JACR

It’s no secret that data science is revolutionizing medicine — and the JACR® is increasing its focus on this critical topic to equip members for the changing IT landscape. Read more at bit.ly/Data_SciJACR.

“Younger women radiologists really do understand how our older female colleagues fought and continue to fight so tirelessly so that the younger generation of women can achieve parity in all arenas in radiology." – Amy Patel, MD, breast radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School, at bit.ly/Diversity_Rads.

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