June 13, 2019

“Optimizing the Physician Practice of the Future” at AMA

American College of Radiology (ACR) Board Chair Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, participated in a panel discussion during the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates on June 10.

Meena Abraham, DrPH, senior advisor and project officer for the 12 Strategic Alignment Networks (SANs) that are part of Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) led the session, titled “Optimizing the Physician Practice of the Future.”

The session included a panel discussion facilitated by Paul McGann, MD, CMS, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, chief medical officer and former TCPi lead. The panel provided background on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s five-year, $685 million effort to move clinicians to alternative payment models through workflow transformation focused on eliminating waste and improving care coordination. McGinty joined other leaders from the SANs to discuss the successes and results of their respective programs. The expert panel also included:

  • Anna Ratzliff, MD, American Psychiatric Association
  • Arjun Venkatesh, MD, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Cynthia "Daisy" Smith, MD, FACP, American College of Physicians 
  • Kathleen Blake, MD, American Medical Association

The ACR SAN’s R-SCAN program has created a sustainable process for radiologists to build stronger relationships with referring providers to improve evidence-based imaging care for patients.

Over 120 practices are engaged in R-SCAN collaborations, and have completed a total of 70 R-SCAN projects to date, showing an average 22 percent improvement in the value of imaging exams ordered. Because of the R-SCAN program, fewer patients will receive imaging exams and incur out-of-pocket expenses that don’t add value to their care, be exposed unnecessarily to radiation and the potential for downstream testing and/or experience anxiety about the imaging exam and test results.

McGann reflected on the foundation of collaboration and partnership that has made the overall TCPi project a success. Noting the proactive role that the ACR has taken in shaping the future of the profession, McGann complimented the key leadership role that the ACR has taken in supporting specialty participation in the development of new payment models.

The session is available on the AMA Ed Hub, a one-stop, online education in clinical and interdisciplinary topics from a variety of trusted sources, including the CME activities of AMA STEPS Forward™ and the ACR — the first AMA partner in this learning initiative.