Dispatches: News from the College and Beyond

October 2016


Neiman Institute Tool Assists in Radiology Bundle Building


The Neiman Institute® recently launched a new tool that assists radiology practices in building bundled payments. The Inpatient Cost Evaluation Tool (ICE-T) enables radiology practices and hospitals to compare internal costs to national benchmarks to decide if bundled payments for specific services should be pursued. “There are many factors to consider when hospitals and radiology practices are looking at developing and participating in bundled payments. ICE-T eases that transition, focusing on value, variance, and volume, and providing national verage benchmark price points,” says Danny R. Hughes, PhD, Neiman Institute senior director for health policy research and senior research fellow. “With ICE-T and the right data, radiologists can proactively succeed with bundled payments and deliver higher-value care to patients.” Visit the Neiman Institute website for more information on ICE-T, including a tutorial and related case studies.

SBI to Add New Tool to the End the Confusion Website

The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) is adding an interactive e-book to the End the Confusion campaign, a movement to provide clarity on when and how often women should receive mammograms. The e-book will offer resources and rich content to users, such as infographics, factsheets, videos, and blog posts. It will be an additional tool to educate patients and providers about the conflicting information surrounding mammography guidelines. SBI also aims to use the e-book to bring reporters, opinion leaders, and policymakers up to speed.  The e-book is scheduled to launch in late 2016. 

Get Ahead with Breast Imaging Resources

October is breast imaging month, meaning it’s time to brush up on your breast imaging tools and resources. Check out what the ACR has to offer:

• The ACR Breast Imaging Resource page, featuring tons of digital resources,from accreditation info to educational opportunities to ACR current policies and research. 

• The Society of Breast Imaging website has a wealth of educational resources and the latest breast imaging news.

Radiologyinfo.org provides patient-facing information on screenings and other studies.

• The ACR Education Center offers two courses specifically designed for breast imagers: Breast Imaging Boot Camp With Tomosynthesis and Breast MR With Guided Biopsy. 

• The ACR also has numerous educational opportunities, including CPI modules, Mammography Case Review, RADAR, and more!

RenewIt's Time to Renew

Renewing your ACR membership is easier than ever with the online renewal system. Simply follow these three steps:

1. Go to acr.org/renew.

2. Log in using your username and password.

Your 2016 dues order information will appear on the screen. (For reinstatement or payment of past dues, please contact the Membership Services Department at 1-800-347-7748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

3. Follow the prompts to complete your renewal and submit payment.

Damage to Eye Lens May Occur at Lower Radiation Dose

A meta-analysis of recent research shows cataracts may be caused by lower doses of radiation than previously thought.  e analysis was performed by the Electric Power Research Institute and results were presented at the 2016 workshop Radiation Induced Cataracts: Science, Policy, and Impacts to Radiation Protection. “Recommendations made at the meeting indicate practitioners should evaluate the protective equipment used to shield the eyes of radiologists and others administering treatment. Procedures for managing dose should also be evaluated,” says Richard A. Geise, PhD, radiation safety officer of the radiology department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, who attended the workshop on behalf of the ACR. Geise notes a shift in regulations governing yearly radiation limits for the eyes has already begun internationally, and workshop presenters also expect U.S. regulatory demands to likely change in the near future.

Strategies for Reducing No-Show Rates

A complex issue in practice management is no-show patients.These skipped appointments contribute to revenue loss and represent missed care opportunities for patients. A recent study at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System looked at causes and possible solutions for a challenging patient population in which signi cant mental health and socioeconomic factors may influence patients’ ability to make it to appointments. In the study, published in the JACR, the authors noted a correlation between no-show appointments and the length of time between scheduling and undergoing the examination. Personal phone reminders rather than automated calls reduced no-show rates and increased advance cancellations, allowing other patients to be scheduled. Coordinating scheduling of patients among multiple health care providers to make appointments on the same day and reserving slots for same-day examinations may also reduce no-show rates and improve overall care for patients. 

"Failure is a gift, and it’s important to learn from your failures, because if you haven’t learned from your failures, then in essence you have failed twice. — Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, in “SIIM: 7 Steps to Deliver Patient-Centered Care.” 


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