ACR Bulletin September 2013

Final Read

What do you do to avoid health problems associated with sitting for hours each day?final read

You don't need tables and facts to know that as you age, you tend to become less active. Careers, marriages, children, and community service can all take their toll, and eventually something has to go.

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Another Challenge Lurks in the Affordable Care Act

What do you need to know about state insurance exchanges?another challenge

Time can fly, even when it comes to the law. Over three years have passed since President Obama signed the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka the health reform law.

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The NOPR Proves FDG PET's Powerful Impact

As the FDG PET component winds down, the research team looks back on significant milestones in the initiative's history.the nopr

The National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) closed accrual to its fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET registry on June 12, 2013, after seven years of operation.

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Making Connections

A unique commission brings together diverse groups with similar needs.making connections

The Commission on General, Small, and/or Rural Practice (GSR) is a specialty commission representing ACR members who are general radiologists, practice general radiology, are members of small groups, or practice in rural locales.

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Patient Engagement Goes Online

You've launched your patient portal. Now what?patient engagement goes online

In June, the Bulletin interviewed radiologists about their experiences implementing online patient portals. (Read about it at But to satisfy meaningful use (MU) requirements, radiologists must do more than just launch a patient portal.

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Letter to the Editorletter to the editor

Editor’s Note: ACR member James E. Heisel, MD, of Jackson, Mich., responded to the June ACR Bulletin article "Adapting to Change" ( The article sought to explain how, given the drastically shifting medical landscape, radiologists must adapt in order to thrive. Below we’ve printed some of Dr. Heisel's most salient points, along with responses from the ACR's Imaging 3.0™ Work Group.

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Sharpening the Saw

The annual event of the Radiology Leadership Institute brings together radiologists to interact and inspire each other — and improve patient care.sharpening the saw

More than a year has passed since the ACR announced the formation of the Radiology Leadership Institute. Since then, the institute has integrated a variety of webinars, lectures, and even MBA programs into its curriculum.

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Bending the Cost Curve

The state of Arkansas implements a new payment initiative designed to incentivize individual providers to improve efficiency without compromising quality.bending the cost curve

Health-care expenditures in the United States increased tenfold between 1980 and 2010 and continue to rise. As a result, states across the nation are seeking solutions for controlling health-care costs without compromising care.

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A Teachable Moment

A radiology resident visits the ACR Education Department to grow as an educator.a teachable moment

During the winter of 2013, Lu Anne V. Dinglasan, MD, MHS, vascular and interventional radiology fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, visited the ACR Education Department in Reston, Va., as this year's Valerie P. Jackson (VPJ) Education Fellow.

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Imaging on the Road

Mobile imaging units are convenient for patients, but adding one to an existing practice is not a decision that should be made lightly.imaging on the road

Traditionally when patients need imaging services, they visit their local hospital or outpatient imaging center.

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Bright Ideas

Practices are getting creative as they market their services in a changing health-care environment.bright ideas

Things are changing in the world of health care. And as the health system shifts, so does the business climate.

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A Coordinated Effort

Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is law, radiologists try to determine where they fit into accountable care organizations.A Coordinated Effort

It's a maxim heard often these days: the health-care industry is transforming from a volume-based business into one predicated on delivering high-quality patient care. With the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and with President Obama's re-election last year, the act has become the law of the land.

Read more ..., A First Step

“Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed....One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” — Neil Armstrong (upon landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, and then stepping out onto the lunar surface the following day)a first step

Maybe I am giving a wee bit too much drama and importance to the recent creation of another website. But it is a step forward for our profession. comes to you from the ACR and the Intersociety Committee (ISC).

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Back to School

While many individuals have filled the past few months with summer fun, the ACR has been busy innovating.back to school

Who can forget that "back to school" feeling? Starting a new school year was always energizing for me, even if there was some regret that the lazy days of summer were over.

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