Introducing the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute
The new ACR institute aims to explore radiology's place in the ever-evolving territory of health-care delivery and payment models.
I am very pleased to announce the inauguration of a new ACR institute: The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. This new institute is designed to help radiologists shape their future through education, advocacy, and research.
The college has a long history of supporting and publishing research on socioeconomic issues related to both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. About a year ago, ACR replaced its research department with the Committee on Imaging Health Policy and Economic Research (CIPER). The committee was tasked with creating evidence-based materials to support the work of the Commission on Economics related to current procedural terminology and the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, to assist ACR's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and to demonstrate the value of those activities to ACR members and to other stakeholders in the health-care arena.
The next event in the institute's establishment occurred at the winter meeting of the BOC in January 2012. During an open discussion, several members of the board expressed concern that the College was not doing enough in the area of research, particularly in terms of demonstrating the value of radiologists. This sentiment was echoed by Larry R. Muroff, MD, FACR, at the 4th Annual Leadership Strategies for Radiology meeting in February 2012. Dr. Muroff suggested to me that the time had come for the College to think big and develop a research institute similar to CIPER but with a much higher profile and with access to greater resources and staffing.
Based on these conversations, I brought the idea to the attention of the ACR Executive Committee following the AMCLC in April 2012. The idea of an institute was discussed and approved. The committee proposed funding the institute from ACR's long-term reserves. The plan was taken to the BOC and CSC, both of which responded positively.
I immediately formed a steering committee to put into writing an operational plan for the new institute. Made up of Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, and Muroff, the committee lost no time in putting together a mission statement, suggesting an organizational structure, proposing a budget, and compiling an initial list of research projects. The committee also chose a board of directors for the new organization. Piece by piece, the institute was coming together.
The next step was agreeing on the name, logo, shield, and seal, which we did with considerable input and help from ACR staff, particularly Diane Dunne, senior director of the Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations Department, and Ron Freedman, assistant executive director of the College. We also decided that the institute would be located within the ACR headquarters building in Reston, Va.
Once final approval was given by the ACR Executive Committee, I was honored to publicly announce the creation and opening of the institute at the Intersociety Summer Conference in Telluride, Colo., on Aug 4, 2012.
The BOC and CSC were delighted to name the institute after a distinguished colleague, Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, former chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, and current ACR CEO. Neiman is an outstanding physician, a very effective leader, and a respected medical scholar. We have every expectation that the information produced at the institute will prove invaluable to patients and members and will contribute to the most efficient and effective use of health-care resources.
By Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, Chair
Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, is a partner of Radiology Associates of North Texas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Department of Radiology, 8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75231.