January 29, 2020

ACR Seeks Experts for Incidental Findings Quality Measurement Project

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) is accepting nominations for its members and other health care stakeholders to serve on the Closing the Results Follow-Up Loop technical expert panel, to develop a quality measure or measures that support follow-up care for patients with imaging studies that reveal incidental findings.

Panelists selected to participate in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation-supported quality measure development project will inform on the design of a possible measure or measures, to assess the quality of the adoption of systematic tracking and care coordination by diverse practices, to encourage the delivery of evidence-based, radiologist-recommended, follow-up care. The quality measure concept proposes to improve diagnostic performance, reduce costs and redundancy in the diagnostic process, enhance health outcomes and save lives.

Co-chaired by ACR members Nadja Kadom, MD, and David Seidenwurm, MD, FACR, and emergency medicine physician, Arjun Venkatesh MD, MBA, MHS, the panel will closely collaborate with the quality measure development team to refine specification details and assist with testing and implementation of the proposed quality measure or measures.

Kadom is director of pediatric neuroradiology and director of quality in the radiology department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Seidenwurm is a neuroradiologist with Sutter Medical Group, Sacramento, CA. He co-chaired the ACR Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel that developed diagnostic quality measures for the College in 2018. Venkatesh is an associate professor and chief of the Section of Administration in the emergency medicine department at Yale University.

Panel members will be selected to ensure representation from a variety of stakeholders including — but not limited to — physicians, measure developers, quality improvement professionals, patients and patient caregivers.

The nomination period ends at 5 pm ET Feb. 17. Individual and third-party nominations must submit a completed application and the requested nomination materials through the ACR’s designated portal. Please visit acr.org for more information about this grant and its nomination requirements.