ACR staff actively monitors federal agency activity, responding to and influencing federal agency policies and regulation. The ACR routinely submits public comment and provides agency testimony on issues that could affect the practice of radiology. ACR also maintains on-going relationships with agency staff, an important complement to our more formal interactions.
The decisions of federal agencies involved in health policy and regulation can have a profound influence on the practices of ACR members. From the FDA’s approval of products used in our practices, to Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight of the use of nuclear materials, to OSHA oversight of employee safety concerns, ACR ensures the voice of radiology is heard as policies related to radiation safety and drug and device approval/use are developed.
Likewise, recognizing that other national and international leaders on such issues can significantly impact future regulatory activities, ACR is actively involved in the activities of organizations such as ICRP, NCRP and others. We are also committed to keeping members informed of changing agency policies and connecting them with resources to help them comply with federal regulations.
Health information technology is frequently identified as key to the future of public health surveillance, patient safety, healthcare quality measurement and delivery system improvement. ACR monitors and participates in pertinent national developments, policies and initiatives related to HIT and is involved with a variety of federal agencies engaged in HIT and health policy.
The federal government is the major funding source of medical research and the training of our physician workforce. ACR advocates for federal funding of imaging and related research, and for the academic and research policies that benefit our profession and the patients we serve.
ACR provides members with access to information on national research priorities, methods, reports and other policies established or supported by federal agencies, including NIH and nongovernmental organizations such as the National Academies and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
The ACR actively monitors virtually every federal agency to ensure our members are represented and informed. The issues and policies we handle are broad and diverse and include topics that are not necessarily unique to radiology but still have a profound impact on our membership. Among these are federal budget priorities, the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and accessibility issues, workers' ergonomic issues, patient privacy, international teleradiology and the CDC’s B-reader program.