April 28, 2017

RBMA PaRADigm Conference Features ACR Speakers

The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) kicked off its new annual meeting format this week called PaRADigm (April 23-26). Speakers representing the American College of Radiology (ACR) were featured in four different sessions.

James Brink, MD, FACR, chairman of the ACR Board of Chancellors addressed the opening session on “The Future of Radiology – Leveraging Technology to Manage Population Health.”

On Monday, Ted Burnes, director of RADPAC® and political education for the College, described the growing importance of the political action committee for fostering radiology’s advocacy agenda.

Pam Kassing, the ACR’s senior economics and health policy advisor, guided the audience through a sweeping review of rapidly evolving regulatory and payment policies for radiology starting with an assessment of the probable effects of President Donald Trump’s regulatory freeze on the administration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rulemaking process.

Their lectures were followed by a dynamic presentation by Steven L. Ferrara, MD, chief of interventional radiology at Phoenix Veterans Administration Medical Center. After a stellar career as a U.S. Navy medical officer, Ferrara now aspires to become first radiologist to serve as a member of Congress.

On Tuesday, Keith J. Dreyer, DO, Ph.D., FACR and chair of the ACR Informatics Commission, presented on “New Requirements in Imaging Decision Support” and followed up with a general session presentation on “Radiology’s Next Frontier: The Integration of Man and Machine.”

Slides and recordings can be viewed by downloading the PaRADdigm App from the meeting website.

The ACR and RBMA share a long cooperative relationship in supporting radiology practices. Note that early registration is open for the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum, January 12–14, 2018 at the Sheraton at Grand Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix.