ACR Bulletin May 2012
Q: Tell us about a time you effectively handled a crisis.
The practice of clinical medicine is fraught with unforeseen daily crises, which may result in patient harm if left unattended.
Who Is the IG and Why Should I Care?
ACR members have a vested interest in the decisions and positions taken by the Inspector General.
In the medical world, IG is the abbreviation for the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Radiologists should be concerned with and understand the role of the IG because he or she has immense power and influence in the medical payment world.
Turning Dollars Into Actions
Chapter president shares secrets to fundraising and member communications.
Much of the College's power to advocate for the specialty depends on its state chapters' commitment to advocacy. After all, local issues in radiology are as equally important as those at the national level.
Successful Medicaid Battle in Vermont
One state chapter mobilizes against reimbursement cuts.
The Vermont Radiological Society (VRS) was alarmed late last year when the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA), which had already cut Medicaid reimbursement for diagnostic imaging services by 25 percent, then proposed an additional 21-percent cut in reimbursement for 2012. This proposal coincided with end-of-year holidays, leaving only a short window for submission of formal comments.
AMCLC 2012: Innovation and Representation
Just four years ago, AMCLC attendees had to carry around a four-inch thick, 900-page agenda. Today, technological advances have made the meeting much more efficient and cost-effective.
RTOG® Takes on Head and Neck Cancer
Researchers investigate how radiation therapy affects human papillomavirus-related cancer.
The discovery of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated head and neck cancer has prompted researchers to explore treatment options specific to a patient's HPV status. The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group® (RTOG®) is conducting two trials based on this new etiology and prognostic factor.
Prepare for a possible medical group audit with a review of the recovery audit program.
For nearly a decade, CMS has been developing a new weapon in its arsenal against fraudulent, duplicate, and incorrect claims: medical group audits.
Solving the Puzzle
Can an individualized College experience attract new and disconnected members?
Imagine that the benefits of ACR membership correspond to the colored panels on an unsolved Rubik's Cube®. Each color represents a pillar or activity of the College.
After revolutionizing reading rooms more than a decade ago, ergonomics is still a concern.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive motion injuries, shoulder impingement syndrome, severe eye strain, headaches, and lower back pain are just some of the problems radiologists can experience when spending a bulk of their time reading images at workstations.
Going the Distance
ACR's commitment to the Haitian radiology community continues with innovative education programs.
By now, you're probably familiar with the ACR's efforts to help rebuild radiology services in Haiti after a devastating earthquake occurred in January 2010.
Making Wise Choices
The ACR joins a campaign designed to question the necessity of common procedures.
The key ingredient needed to make a good choice is knowledge. For example, most radiologists know that routine imaging for low back pain is often overused.
Taking the Torch
My first column as chair of the ACR Commission on Economics provides an opportunity to survey the landscape and set out our priorities for the months ahead.
The College is moving full speed ahead.
In previous issues of the ACR Bulletin James H. Thrall, M.D., FACR, has written about navigating change, and John A. Patti, M.D., FACR, has written about staying ahead of the curve.1,2 I have great admiration and respect for these and other past chairs, and I want to thank them for their mentorship.