Michael T. Otte, MD
Q: How can you add value to health care through advocacy?
I have little experience or ambition politically but began working in the Colorado Radiologic Society. I received ACR emails and bulletins describing urgent legislation that could be detrimental to our livelihoods. I wasn’t sure how to get involved in influencing the health care system because I did not understand advocacy.
A line of dialogue from Netflix’s “House of Cards” Congressman Frank Underwood struck a chord with me: “There are doormats and there are matadors. Which one do I intend to be?” I didn’t want to be a doormat, so I decided
to get involved.
I started to explore ways of defining value and understanding how value isreimbursed. I realized, value is where the matadors will go. Value-based radiologistsproject value by creating better communication tools, monitoring dose,prioritizing quality, and making themselves integral to their health systems. Value-based radiologists also participate in local, state, and national lobbying efforts to fix problematic legislation such as the sustainable growth rate and ensure that their patients have access to the best imaging care. And value-based radiologists get involved with RADPAC and other ACR efforts to preserve not only their own future but also to keep radiology sustainable for the generations after them.
We don’t have to feel like doormats. Any effort contributing to the ACR makes you a matador, ready to make a difference in your practice and in the wider health system.
Michael T. Otte, MD, Radiology Imaging Associates of Colorado