On the Ballot and at the Meeting

Get the scoop on AMCLC 2014 programming and council activities.on the ballot main picture

The ACR Council will consider a broad range of policies, bylaws, practice guidelines, and technical standard resolutions during the 91st Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) on April 26–30 in Washington, D.C.

Below are resolutions received by the January 27, 2014, submission deadline. The ACR Council, under the leadership of ACR Speaker Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR, and Vice Speaker William T. Herrington, MD, FACR, serves as the representative policy-making body of the College and will deliberate on these resolutions during the meeting. To learn more about AMCLC, the features of the program, and the specifics of these resolutions, please visit the ACR AMCLC web portal at http://amclc.acr.org.

Policy Resolutions

The policy resolutions include the following:

Tobacco Cessation. Jointly sponsored by Eric J. Stern, MD, councilor from the Washington State Radiological Society, the ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC), and the Council Steering Committee (CSC), this resolution would recommend that the ACR support the adoption of policies and programs that will be effective in reducing tobacco use.

on the ballot pic 2 Lung Cancer Screening Programs. Jointly sponsored by Eric J. Stern, MD, councilor from the Washington State Radiological Society, the BOC, and the CSC, this resolution would recommend that the ACR continue to develop and maintain practice guidelines, imaging appropriateness criteria, quality metrics, communication standards, and educational programs for a safe and effective lung cancer screening program. Additionally, the resolution would recommend that the ACR provide information necessary for policy-makers to implement payment policy decisions as well as promote lung cancer screening programs to patients and the medical community.

NMA Observer Representation to the ACR Council. Co-sponsored by the BOC and the CSC, this resolution would grant the National Medical Association the opportunity to nominate an official observer to the ACR Council from the NMA’s Section on Radiology.

SNMMI Council Representation. Co-sponsored by the BOC and the CSC, this resolution would grant the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging one councilor on the ACR Council, effective at the 2015 ACR Annual Meeting. Additionally, the resolution would approve an amendment to the bylaws to codify the action to grant council representation to SNMMI.

Extension of Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. In addition to the policy resolutions, one resolution is proposed to extend the ACR-SIR Practice Guideline for the Performance of Angiography, Angioplasty, and Stenting for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Renal Artery Stenosis in Adults.

Proposed Bylaws Resolutions. The BOC has submitted and sponsored two amendments to the ACR bylaws. The first amendment, to Article IV – Dues and Assessments, would provide administrative flexibility in setting the grace period for payments of dues, allowing the chief financial officer to take into consideration such factors as holiday periods and actual past payments trends. The second amendment, to Article VI – Board of Chancellors, would increase the maximum available board positions by one chancellor in order to allow the reinstatement of a seat for the Canadian Association of Radiologists, which currently has observer status on the BOC.

Extension of 10-Year Policy Resolutions. There are 19 policy resolutions up for 10-year renewal.

Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. The council will consider a total of 28 practice guideline

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s and technical standards. A list of all of these resolutions can be found on the AMCLC web portal at http://amclc.acr.org.

AMCLC Features

In addition to the official business of the ACR Council, AMCLC will once again feature some outstanding programs and CME opportunities.

On Saturday, April 26, the College will present two categorical courses, “Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation in Genitourinary, Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging” and “The Future of Radiation Oncology in the World of Value-Based Care.” On Sunday, Albert L. Blumberg, MD, FACR, will give the presidential address. Following the address, the ACR will hold its annual Fellowship Convocation, which will honor 119 new ACR Fellows and two Honorary Fellows: Michel Claudon, MD, of Vandoeuvrelès-Nancy, France, and Gabriel P. Krestin, MD, PhD, of Voorburg, Netherlands. The convocation will also include the awarding of the ACR’s highest distinction, the ACR Gold Medal, to N. Reed Dunnick, MD, FACR, of Ann Arbor, Mich., Carol M. Rumack, MD, FACR, of Aurora, Colo., and James H. Thrall, MD, FACR, of Boston.

On Monday, April 27, highlights include the Moreton Lecture, entitled “Value Based Health Care Delivery,” to be delivered by Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. The Monday open-microphone session will be moderated by Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, and will focus on workforce needs and training issues. Monday will also feature elections for multiple leadership positions, reference committee hearings, and preparations for Capitol Hill visits.

Tuesday, April 29, will include the installation of new ACR officers, the 2014–2015 BOC and the CSC. Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, will deliver the keynote address during the Economics Forum. The forum will be moderated by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, and will feature several economics committee chairs. This year’s economic session will refresh the concept of Imaging 3.0™ with success stories from around the country and reports from the Commission on Economics’ various areas of expertise. Attendees can plan to leave with new perspectives on value in health care and a toolkit to help them speak to their colleagues after the meeting. As the special luncheon speaker, Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, will present on the topic of “Controlling Costs and Improving Health Care: What Physicians and Employers Can Do Together.” Following the session, the council will consider reference committee reports. A Tuesday afternoon open microphone session, moderated by Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR, will focus on examining the pressures facing radiology practices and how they might respond.

On Wednesday, April 30, members will travel to Capitol Hill to convey the College’s message. The meeting will also include additional presentations and updates from ACR leaders and focused programming for the Resident and Fellow Section and the Young and Early Career Physician Section. The meeting promises to be an action-packed, informative, and productive experience.

By Trina Madison

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