On the Ballot
ACR Council will consider a mix of policy, bylaws, practice guidelines, and technical standard resolutions at AMCLC 2013.
The ACR Council will consider a broad range of policies, bylaws, practice guidelines, and technical standard resolutions during the 90th Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference on May 4-8 in Washington, D.C. Below are resolutions that made the February 4, 2013, submission deadline.
The ACR Council, under the leadership of ACR Speaker Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, and Vice Speaker Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR, serves as the representative policy-making body of the College and will deliberate on these resolutions during the meeting. To learn more about the AMCLC, the features of the program, and the specifics of these resolutions, please visit the ACR AMCLC web portal at http://amclc.acr.org.
The policy resolutions include the following:
• Distribution of Imaging Reports. Sponsored by the Illinois Radiological Society, this resolution would recommend that all imaging reports be available to or sent directly to the patient and referring physician in the interest of value-added and personalized medicine.
• Honoring the Chicago Radiological Society (CRS) on its Centennial Meeting. Sponsored by the Illinois Radiological Society, this resolution would commend the CRS on its 100th anniversary and extend best wishes for a successful centennial meeting.
• Honoring the JACR® on Its 10th Anniversary. Co-sponsored by the ACR Board of Chancellors and Council Steering Committee, this resolution would congratulate the JACR on 10 years of success and extend appreciation to JACR Editor in Chief Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, for his unique contribution to the creation, preservation, and success of the journal.
• Point-of-Care Ultrasound. Co-sponsored by the BOC and CSC, this resolution would establish that point-of-care ultrasound can be useful as a limited bedside adjunct to the physical examination but is fundamentally different from a comprehensive diagnostic ultrasound examinations such as those ordered by clinicians and performed in radiology departments with interpretation by radiologists. Additionally, the resolution would note that the ACR recognizes that training, credentialing, and ongoing quality assurance are vitally important for all health-care providers performing and interpreting sonographic examinations. Finally, the resolution would establish that the ACR believes that targeted point-of-care ultrasound examinations without formal training, adequate standards, and documentation can be detrimental to patient care, including leading to the risk of the patient receiving an incorrect diagnosis from an improperly performed sonographic examination.
• Policy Progress Reporting. Co-sponsored by the CSC and BOC, this resolution would require that reports on the progress of policies adopted at the AMCLC be provided to the council six months after the AMCLC and provide additional reports on the progress of council-passed policies every six months thereafter until each policy's completion. The resolution would also have the CSC review and disseminate the Policy Progress Report to the council and would establish that that CSC may from time to time identify additional items of importance to be included in the Policy Progress Report.
• Radiation Safety Language in Practice Guidelines. Co-sponsored by the BOC and CSC, this resolution would revise and insert substantive changes to the radiation safety language currently found in X-ray, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, CT, and nuclear medicine practice guidelines and technical standards.
Extension and Sunsetting of Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. In addition to the policy resolutions, several resolutions were proposed to extend or sunset several practice guidelines due to consideration of new practice guidelines or consolidation of former practice guidelines.
Proposed Bylaws Resolutions. Over time, the bylaws of the College have been amended so frequently that the document has become more difficult to read and use. The Bylaws Committee, headed by Barry D. Pressman, MD, FACR, under the direction of the BOC and CSC, proposed substantial formatting, editorial, and substantive changes, which will be considered by the council. The ACR will provide the membership a link to these changes, and all members are encouraged to review and provide comments to their councilors on these changes. The BOC and CSC co-sponsored these resolutions.
Extension of 10-Year Policy Resolutions. There are 16 policy resolutions up for 10-year renewal.
Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. The council will be considering a total of 36 practice guidelines and technical standards. A list of all resolutions can be found on the ACR web portal at http://amclc.acr.org.
In addition to the official business of the council, the AMCLC will once again feature some outstanding programs and CME opportuinites.
On Saturday, May 4, the College will present two categorical courses, "Radiology at the Crossroad: Strategic Imperatives for Radiologists to Survive in Challenging Times" and "Appropriateness Criteria: A Case-Based Approach," with the latter focused on radiation oncology. On Sunday, John A. Patti, MD, FACR, will give the presidential address. Following the address, the ACR wil hold its annual fellowship convocation, which will honor 127 new ACR Fellows and two Honorary Fellows: Moshe Graif, MD, of Nahariya, Israel, and Mukund Joshi, MD, of Mumbai, India. The convocation will also include the awarding of the ACR's highest distinction, the ACR Gold Medal, to Richard T. Hoppe, MD, FACR, of Stanford, Calif., Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR, of Tampa, Fla., and Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, of McLean, Va.
On Monday, May 6, highlights include the Moreton Lecture, entitled, "Value, Variation, and Patient-Centered Care: Building Radiology's Future," to be delivered by Brent C. James, MD, M.Stat. The Monday open-microphone session wil be moderated by Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, and will include presentations on the annual ACR Workforce Study, given by Edward I. Bluth, MD, FACR, and a report from the Task Force on Teleradiology by Ezekiel Silva, III, MD. Monday will also feature elections for multiple leadership positions, reference committee hearings, and preparations for Capitol Hill visits.
Tuesday, May 7, will include the installation of new ACR officers, the 2013-2014 Board of Chancellors, and the Council Steering Committee. Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, chair of the IT Informatics Committee, will deliver the keynote address during the Economics Forum. The forum will be moderated by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, chair of the Commission on Economics, and will feature several economics committee chairs. This year's economic session will focus on systemic changes in the health-care payment system and will provide the attendees with the tools they need to face new challenges as Medicare moves away from the traditional fee-for-service model. As the special luncheon speaker, Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, chief executive officer of the Neiman Health Policy Institute, will present on the topic "Promoting Relevancy and Value in Evolving Health Care Delivery Systems." Following the economics session, the council will consider the reference committee reports.
Participants will then convey to College's message to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 8. The final day will also include additional presentations and updates from ACR officials, separate programming for the Resident and Fellow Section, as well as a general celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the JACR®. We hope you are looking forward to what is sure to be an action-packed, informative, and productive experience.
By Brad Short