March 17, 2017

ACRSIR How to Thrive Not Just Comply With MACRA

American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) speakers at the March 9 “IR Economics, Quality and Value: Are You Ready for MACRA?” session repeated similar messages:

  • The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and quality reporting are here to stay
  • Physician reimbursement is at stake
  • ACR and SIR provide their members the resources to navigate this “transformative” health care initiative
Speakers included C. Matthew Hawkins, MD; Ammar Sarwar, MD; Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, FSIR; and Raymond Liu, MD 

ACR and SIR presenters discussed multiple aspects of the legislation — called “transformative” by several speakers and which fundamentally changes the way the United States evaluates and pays for health care — during a session at the SIR annual meeting in Washington, DC. Topics included the details of quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement activities, advancing care information, composite scoring and financial impacts; documenting interventional radiology (IR) outcomes with registries (including detailed looks at the new IR structured reports and just-launched Interventional Radiology Registry); and possible opportunities and challenges.

  Speakers also included (from left) Jeremy Durack, MD; Judy Burleson; Mythreyi Chatfield; and Jeremy Collins, MD 

Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, FSIR, chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, noted that while MACRA “is here to stay,” the opportunity exists to possibly affect related policy and create quality improvement measures that benefit interventional radiologists. Jeremy Durack, MD, MS, FSIR, who provided a step-by-step guide to the IR Registry, hailed the “tremendous collaboration with ACR” in focusing on clinical data and performance measure collection.

Other presenters included Mythreyi Chatfield, PhD, ACR executive vice president; Judy Burleson, ACR senior director of quality programs; Stephen L. Ferrara, MD, FSIR; Jeremy Collins, MD; Ammar Sarwar, MD; and Raymond Liu, MD. The session’s keynote address was delivered by former Sen. Thomas Daschle. Later sessions included measuring and assessing quality and value in IR; continuous process improvement for IR financial operations; and what hospitals want from interventional radiology.

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In other collaborative action, ACR and SIR presented the Compelling Conversation on Getting C-Suite Buy-in for IR Clinical Practice on March 6. Philip S. Cook, MD, FACR, FSIR, and Alan H. Matsumoto, M.D., FACR, FSIR, FAHA, provided tips and fielded questions in explaining an IR practice’s value to hospital administrators, radiology group presidents and other decision makers.

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ACR and SIR leaders met during SIR 2017: Dr. William Thorwarth, ACR CEO (far right) with (from left): Dr. Philip Cook, chair of the ACR IR Commission; Susan Holzer, SIR executive director; and Drs. Filip Banovac; M. Victoria Marx; Alan Matsumoto; Laura Findeiss; and Scott Goodwin