ACR Bulletin | March 2016

New Year's Resolutions: Round 2

What will you do this year to become a better radiologist?

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Last month, I challenged each of us to embark on a set of professional resolutions for 2016. Since then, I’ve begun new efforts to make my practice more patient centered. Now I’m launching two more resolutions for the new year. I hope you’ll join me in taking a look at our practices and our specialty and charting a course of constant improvement for ourselves, for our health systems, and especially for our patients.

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Walking the Walk

The newest ACR commission is setting out to revolutionize patient care. In the inaugural meeting in Augusta, GA, members got a crash course in what the future of health care might look like.

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“The way you have to teach patient- and family-centered care is by bringing the patient into the room.”

— Pat Sodomka, pioneer of patient-centered care

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Kathmandu: Week 1

A resident’s introduction to Nepal proves exciting, chaotic, and rewarding.

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It was my first day in Kathmandu and I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed as my tiny taxi weaved through the dusty congested streets of the Himalayan capital.

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Resident’s Preview of ACR 2016

Get a peek at special meeting content for residents and fellows

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The 24th annual meeting of the ACR Residents and Fellows Section (RFS) will be held May 14–15, 2016, in conjunction with ACR 2016 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Registration for the RFS meeting is free for all residents and fellows.

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A Resident’s Primer on Radiology Advocacy

My Rutherford Fellowship Experience

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I was incredibly fortunate to complete the ACR Rutherford-Lavanty Governmental Relations Fellowship last month in our nation’s capital. The fellowship, established in 1993, was named in honor of the first ACR lobbyist, J.T. Rutherford, and Donald F. Lavanty, ACR’s principle legislative consultant for 42 years.

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March JACR® Highlights

What should I read this month?

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The March 2016 issue of the JACR® covers big data, structured reporting for physicists, and more. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.

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Preparing for the Business of Radiology: A Nontraditional Approach

One physician’s path from management consultant to radiology resident

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Alexander Misono, MD, MBA is a radiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, but he’s already switched careers. After a stint in management consulting, Misono changed course and headed to medical school. The Bulletin caught up with Misono to discuss the areas of overlap in radiology and business and the various paths to gaining business experience in a medical context.

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Global Health Informatics

Getting Started

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The ACR RFS International Outreach Subcommittee at the 2015 ACR annual meeting presented several projects that students have worked on in various countries as part of global health elective months.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing links from around the web

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This week we’re reading about how to stop a nuclear meltdown (and how that relates to radiology) and finding time to connect with patients.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing links from around the web

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This week we’re reading about ways to make using big data effectively, what doctors are really searching for, and the importance of patient empathy.

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Traveling Toward Patient-Centered Care

The Commission on Patient- and Family- Centered Care convened to lay the first steps in value-based care.

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On February 12, 2016, thought leaders from across the country met for the inaugural meeting of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) new Commission on Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC).

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#SoMe

Potential impact of social media on global radiology education

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Social media is a fascinating virtual world where people meet, interact, and share their thoughts. According to most recent estimates, Facebook had 1.44 billion monthly active users and Twitter had 320 million. And it just keeps on growing.

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Summary of the ACR Stakeholder Meeting on Clinical Decision Support

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) convened a group of over 40 stakeholders (Appendix A) consisting of healthcare providers, medical specialty societies, industry and other stakeholders to capture opinions and viewpoints regarding the implementation of Section 218(b) of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA).  

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Six Ways to Understand ACR Governance and Impact College Policy

The council needs your input and participation. Here’s how to get started.

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The success of the College depends on an informed and engaged membership. Understanding ACR governance and how you can impact College policy is critical to achieving this goal. We present six actions you should take to help shape the future of your College.

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March Case of the Month

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Authors: Jay Karajgikar, MD, PGY-4, Radiology Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, N.Y., John O'Donnell, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, N.Y., Ralph Milillo, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, N.Y. 

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Crossing Over

The gap between generations of radiologists isn’t as wide as you’d think.

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The millennial generation is self-absorbed. Generation X is overly cynical. The baby boomer generation lives to work. These stereotypes — and more — saturate conversations whenever the topic of age comes up.

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Beating Back the MPPR

A recent decision from Congress rolls back one of radiology’s most maligned reimbursement cuts.

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We’ve faced arbitrary cuts to the reimbursement for imaging services in recent years, but none rankled quite as much as the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) for the professional component (reimbursement for the interpretation of images).

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Hospitality Important for Radiology Patients

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Online reviews are increasingly becoming popular among patients as a way to navigate the health care industry, but that doesn’t mean the reviews always talk about physicians.

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Certain Meds to Prevent Contrast Reaction May Do More Harm Than Good

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Patients who take preventative corticosteroid pills to prevent an allergic reaction to iodinated CT contrast may encounter more harm than good, suggests a new study published in Radiology.

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Raising the Bar 

The College recognizes leaders from throughout the radiology community.

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Each year, the College recognizes individuals whose work supports quality patient care and advances the specialty. This year we honor radiologists, radiation oncologists,and ACR staff who push themselves and those around them to do more and to do it better. All awards will be presented at the ACR 2016 Convocation in May.

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The Perfect Radiology Report

For the greatest impact on patient care, radiologists must write clear and concise reports.

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It might be tough to imagine now, but referring physicians used to visit radiology reading rooms daily to review film-based images and talk with radiologists about exam findings.

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