RFS news highlights resources, issues, and news relevant to in-training members of the ACR. If you have a topic idea or would like to contribute to the blog, please email RFS Secretary Patricia Balthazar, MD.




May 2018 JACR Highlights

It’s that time of year again!


2017 Presidential Address: Staying Ahead

In preparation for the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting, Bibb Allen, MD, FACR, writes to his constituents reminding them that the patient is the focal point for all that they do and hope to achieve. ACR members have a diverse and wide-reaching footprint. As members-in-training, we make up a small subset of that culture but we hold many ideal that will drive the College successfully into the future – as long as we remember to keep the patient at the center of each decision we make. I encourage all you to read this article in preparation for the upcoming meeting, as well as for the many insights that can help us in our budding careers as radiologists.

ACR Chair’s Memo | Communicating Radiology’s Bright Future

Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR, begins her tenure as ACR BOC Chair just before a swarm of eager radiologists and members-in-training descend on the Marriot Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. She addresses the readership of the JACR® with words of encouragement for the future of radiology and reflects on the bright young minds of the profession after a visit to the Sophie Davis Biomedical College of the City University of New York. The central focus of her address is to encourage and remind each of us that patient-centered care and engagement will key to the future success of the College.

How We Create and Value New Codes

Reimbursement schemes are not the easiest thing to wrap one’s mind around. The art of reimbursement in medicine adds an entirely different level of complexity when billing for goods and services because of the bureaucracy and interest groups involved. Kurt A. Schoppe, MD, does a great job outlining the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of creating new codes for reimbursement. I encourage every resident to keep this article in their back pocket for some light reading so that you will be armed for the business side of radiology.

Structured Reporting in the Academic Setting: What the Referring Clinician Wants

As medicine moves forward with technological advances in treatments and delivery of service, the use of diagnostic imaging modalities per capita is also on the rise. The volume of imaging studies coming across the PACS station continues to increase each day, leading to many opinions on how to increase efficiency both from an inside and outside prospective. The use of template and structured reporting is not a new idea but it being used more to address the demands of the clinician to publish a clear and concise report in as short a time as possible. As radiologists, it’s important to make sure we’re answering the right questions in the best way each time we dictate a case. So why not ask the clinician, “What is it that you would like to see in your patient’s report?”

Fostering Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology Practice

In this thought- provoking article, several members of the College share what a patient-centered focus means for them. In the sub articles, an important theme emerges – communication with the patient. Radiologists need to take on a more active role in patient care. If we aren’t valued by the patient, then it will be easy for our imaging modalities to fall into the hands of other specialties. We need to learn to stand out and stand up for our specialty and we can do by just picking up the phone and conversing with the patient so they know who reads their studies.








Christopher Mutter, DO, ACR-RFS Secretary and Diagnostic Radiology Resident at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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