July 08, 2016

ACR Advocacy Enhances Radiologys Value

On topics ranging from accreditation to value-based payments, the American College of Radiology (ACR) advocates for programs and policies that enhance radiology, radiation oncology and medical physics for its practitioners and patients.

Below are advocacy resources available to you through the College.

Advocacy in Action E-news — Weekly updates by the ACR economics and government relations staffs on economic, regulatory and legislative activities that define the current and future direction of radiology.

ACR SelectTM FAQ — A software-driven clinical decision support system that assists advance imaging ordering with guidance from ACR Appropriateness® Criteria.

ACR Head Injury Institute — Bringing together head injury specialists to advance research, prevention and treatment of head injuries through diagnostic imaging.

ACR Medicaid Network — The network’s representatives and economics and health policy staff monitor local Medicaid programs and review local coverage policies. Collaborations with large multistate Medicaid Managed Care Organizations allow the ACR to have valued input in reviewing and commenting on Medicaid coverage policies.

ACR Radiology Coding SourceTM — Bi-monthly reports covering essential details for properly coding radiology bills and assuring proper reimbursement.

Commission on Economics — The ACR primary resource on medical socioeconomics. Its efforts often form the basis for background material and evidence for the College’s Congressional and State Legislative efforts and communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and private insurers.

Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care — Works to ensure high-quality radiologic care is provided in a manner that incorporates the needs, wants and values of our patients and communities and leads to improved health care satisfaction.

CT Colonography Resources — The ACR encouraged the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recently include CT colonography among its recommended colorectal cancer screening procedures. ACR members have access to resources that track CT colonography insurance coverage, encourage public outreach, and provide practice standards development and provider education.

Digital Mammography, Breast Tomosynthesis and Breast MRI Resources — ACR members secure direct access to meaningful resources and best practices to help them provide safe and effective breast cancer diagnostic services.

Engage – This online community gives members of the Young and Early Career Physicians Section (YPS) an opportunity to actively participate in discussion of professional issues affecting them and radiology as a whole.

Imaging 3.0 Case Studies — Present the story of radiology through local experiences that reflect the importance of its practice and its practitioners for the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of injury and disease and the financial stability and growth of their healthcare institutions.

Informatics and IT Reference Guide — Monitoring the ACR Informatics Commission and efforts by its staff to positively influence federal policies and regulations governing the design and operation of electronic medical records, especially in regard to patient and provider access to medical images.

Legislative Issues — A concise summary of recent legislative victories and ongoing priorities pursued by the ACR Government Relations staff.

Lung Cancer Screening Resources — Recommended resources and programs helping clinicians to develop, implement and competently operate a low-dose CT lung cancer screening service.

Radiology Advocacy Network — The site for grassroots initiatives that engage all ACR members in mission-critical political actions.

Radiology and Health IT Blog — Frequently refreshed news and analysis keep you informed about the latest developments affecting HIT in radiology. 

RADPAC Resources — Home page for radiology’s political action committee, sponsored by the American College of Radiology Association.

Regulatory Issues — Public comments and actions by the ACR address radiation safety, drug and device approvals, health information technology and research & academic policies.

R-SCAN – Supported by $2.9 million federal grant, the ACR is recruiting 4000 radiologists and 20,000 referring clinician in the Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCANTM), an educational initiative where radiologists and ordering physicians work together to integrate clinical decision support and Choosing Wisely® radiation reduction principles into their practices.

Social Media — The ACR uses social media to transmit its messages and encourage communications among its committees, members and the general public. Many hashtags, such as #VoiceOf Radiology, #MammoSaves and #Imaging3 and numerous social media accounts, are focal points for its discussions of its policies, programs and practices. You can follow ACR on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

State and Local Relations — A summary of ACR’s direct actions and assistance to state chapters to advocate for state legislation and regulations that advance the medical interests of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicians that their patients.

StateScape: State Legislative Report — Summaries of active health care legislation under consideration by the 50 states and the federal government.

Voice of Radiology Blog — Weekly commentaries expressing the ACR’s perspective on the mission, practices and priorities of diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation oncology and medical physics.