Fiscal Year 2018 Top Accomplishments

Advocacy & Economics


  • Gained a one-year reprieve from changes to direct practice expense inputs (DPEIs) that would have cut ultrasound and vascular ultrasound room payments by 65 percent and 57 percent, respectively
  • Secured numerous exceptions to Anthem’s flawed imaging policies, including:
    • Prohibiting retroactive denials in the Emergency Department (ED) whenever a patient receives advanced diagnostic imaging
  • Permitting advanced diagnostic imaging for patients with a known chronic disease expected to require imaging at multiple times
  • Gained provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018, preventing private insurers from considering flawed 2009/2016 USPSTF mammography screening recommendations through Jan. 1, 2021

American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®)

  • Delivered 785+ hours of lecture to 1,537 resident attendees as part of the 4-week, radiologic-pathology correlation course
  • Delivered 7 radiologic-pathology categorical courses to 173 practicing radiologists in the subspecialties of Neuro, MSK, Chest, Pediatrics, Cardiac, GI and GU
  • Delivered 11 international courses, amounting to 328 lectures (230 lecture hours) to over 3,500 attendees
  • Introduced the new Visiting Observer mini-fellowship  for international radiologists

Center for Research and Innovation™

ACR Center for Research and Innovation

  • Submitted five renewal grant applications requesting six years of funding for NRG Oncology operations, the NRG Statistics and Data Management Center (SDMC), ECOG-ACRIN (EA) operations, EA SDMC, and the Imaging and Radiation Core (IROC). All grants were scored as either Outstanding or Excellent
  • Published over 65 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Oncology, Journal of the NCI, Journal of NeuroOncology, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Radiology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Signed agreements with eight industry partners to support CRI research activities. Partners include Janssen, AstraZeneca, Merck, Seno Medical Instruments, Real Imaging, Progenics, Therapixel, and Freenome
  • CRI Chief Science Officer, Dr. Etta Pisano, conducted grand rounds at nine academic centers to provide input on how the CRI can benefit their radiology research program
  • Completed accrual for the Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS)  study, which has provided access for patients to over 15,000 Amyloid PET scans under coverage with evidence development
  • Activated the Tomographic Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST)  at over 40 sites and accrued over 2,300 women through June 2018
  • The National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) formerly closed to all data collection (Na-F-PET) on December 14, 2017. NOPR provided the evidence for the value of 18F-FDG and 18F-NaF imaging in oncology through the coverage with evidence development (CED) program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


  • ACR social media referred 24,546 users to, 21,588 of which were new users
  • @RadiologyACR  was a top 10 influencer at #RSNA17 and a key leader across other health care conferences
  • Fostered a successful #HeForShe campaign at #ACR2018, with ACR’s original content generating 53.1k impressions, 413 engagements, 91 clicks and more than 1,200 unique tweets from other individuals and organizations
  • A redesigned member website——went live and served more than 128,000 visitors monthly with new content and an improved user experience
  • Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) 
    • For the fifth year in a row, achieved an increased impact factor and celebrated a healthy pool of content submissions
    • Introduced a new “Data Science” content pillar
    • Generated over 10,000 downloads for the JACR Radiology Firing Line podcast
  • ACR Bulletin 
    • Released a January 2018 feature on burnout among radiologists that garnered the highest click-through rate (to-date) among other Bulletin e-content
    • Released 2018 Black History Month blog series to accompany a February print feature article on the shortfall in the number of African Americans entering the radiology profession
    • Released a May 2018 special issue on population health management

Data Science Institute

  • Established 10 panels of experts in radiology subspecialty areas and began development of initial Technically Oriented Use Cases for Healthcare-AI  (TOUCH-AI) to provide guidance on the inputs and outputs of AI algorithms for researchers and industry developers of deep learning software
  • Co-hosted the Summit on the Economics of Healthcare, held during SIIM 2018, and co-hosted the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Medical Imaging.
  • Worked with the FDA on several projects to develop paths for AI algorithms to meet regulatory and reporting requirements

Education Center


  • Celebrated its 10th anniversary year — over the last decade, the Education Center has held 363 course sessions and provided instruction to 11,975 physicians from every state and 50 countries
  • Offers 50+ courses per year across 17 topic areas, catering to nearly 1,500 attendees per year
  • Expanded offerings to include satellite courses in Arizona and Australia


  • Provided support for Neiman Health Policy Institute efforts to develop new web tools, fund grants to researchers and establish partnerships with academic institutions


  • Welcomed Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, as the first female chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors on June 1, 2018
  • The ACR Council, ACR’s representative body, considered 44 resolutions during the 2018 Council meeting, including eight policy resolutions and 32 Practice Parameters and Technical Standards 
  • The ACR Board of Chancellors voted to extend the ACR Innovation Fund Grant Program to include all current ACR Members
  • 98 Fellows of the American College of Radiology (FACRs) were inducted during the 2018 ACR Convocation

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute®

Imaging 3.0™


  • Published its first special collection from the Imaging 3.0 in Practice series — a collection of case-study educational supplements
  • Produced three case-study companion videos, including Elkhart General Hospital’s Thoracic Oncology Clinic , Einstein Healthcare Network’s CDS Pilot Project , and a video about a PECARN  algorithm
  • Launched a new case-study category called Imagined Case Studies, which envisions scenarios and imparts lessons that radiologists can apply in real-world practice
  • Published a blog series  on price transparency
  • Published more than 20 Imaging 3.0 case studies

Lifelong Learning

  • The ACR Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) launched a monthly, virtual Artificial Intelligence Journal Club and a YouTube channel  to host recordings of all sessions
  • The Medical Education and Student Outreach (MESO) effort was launched to educate medical students about the radiology profession and increase ACR’s presence at conferences nationally
  • Case in Point 
    • Published cases from authors across 140 different medical schools, medical facilities and institutions
    • Saw Case in Point credit claimed a total of 508,298 times
    • Engaged 961 Case in Point users, resulting in 127,074.5 CME (for SACME and CAT)
  • Cortex Education Informatics
    • Released RadExam in July 2018 — a post-rotation exam for radiology residents that provides score benchmarking and percentile ranking for participating residency programs. Approximately 170 out of the 193 diagnostic residencies are currently active in RadExam

Membership Value

ACR Engage member community

  • Over 1,600 discussions were logged on Engage ― the ACR online member community
  • 21 ACR chapters received Chapter Recognition Awards for excellence in government relations, meetings/education, membership, and quality and safety
  • More than 1,850 ACR members volunteered as part of 200 ACR commissions and committees
  • The ACR Career Center served 20,937 job seekers and 10,058 employers
  • A Task Force on Brand Promise was formed to recommend progressive solutions to achieve the College’s desired brand promise and improve perceptions of members and stakeholders

Patient- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC)

  • Launched the Population Health Management Committee to focus on the value of high-quality radiologic and radiation oncological care as a path to improving the overall health of populations
  • Launched the ACR Communication Curriculum for Radiology Residents, which trains residents and fellows to properly communicate with patients, families, and physicians

Quality & Safety

ACR Appropriateness Criteria®

Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI)


  • 157 residents from 14 residency programs participate in the 2017–2018 RLI Health Care Economics Milestones Program
  • Presented leadership-related lectures at 13 ACR state chapter meetings
  • Awarded 10 resident scholarships for the 2018 RLI Leadership Summit
  • 7 ACR chapters awarded 16 resident and physician RLI scholarships
  • Produced 11 new RLI podcast episodes, resulting in 12,892 total lifetime podcast downloads, and launched the new RLI Taking the Lead podcast