February 22, 2016

Economics Committee Provides Input on Integrating Patient Experience and Reimbursement

Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Announces New Committee Members

Reston, VA —The American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Economics Committee will provide input in the development of ACR-backed value-based payment models and measures that deliver patient-defined value.

“Radiologists may not always have the opportunity to interact directly with patients. However, such conversations empower patients to make informed health care choices. And, this is a key part of a positive patient experience increasingly tied to reimbursement,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, commission chair. To support this effort, Economics Committee members will work with members of ACR’s Economics Commission. The commission’s four committees are unique and include former/current patients, members representing diverse subspecialties and allied colleagues, added Rawson, the P.L., J. Luther and Ada Warren Professor and chair of radiology and imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

The committee is under the leadership of Giles W. Boland, MD, MB, BS, FACR, radiology professor at Harvard Medical School and the vice chair of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), both in Boston. He holds numerous administrative leadership positions at MGH and affiliated institutions, including vice chair of business development, the director of teleradiology, the medical director of outpatient imaging centers and a principal for the Radiology Consulting Group, all in MGH’s department of radiology. Jason J. Naidich, MD, MBA, chair of Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) School of Medicine at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., serves as vice chair. Naidich is also chair of the radiology department at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, both in Manhasset, NY. He is also the senior vice president of imaging services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Committee members include

  • Alexandru C. (Andru) Bageac, MD, MBA, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
  • Saurabh (Harry) Jha, MBBS, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Laurie E. Gaspar, MD, MBA, FASTRO, FACR, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • Shlomit A. Goldberg-Stein, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, New York
  • Richard Heller III, MD, MBA, Advocate Children's Hospital and Radiology Partners, Chicago
  • Mark D. Mangano, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • James E. McDonald, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock
  • Samir B. Patel, MD, Radiology Inc., Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Ammar Sarwar, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Susan T. Sotardi, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, New York
  • Beth Weber, MPH, RT(R), RDMS, CRA, FASRT, Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Syed Zaidi, MD, Radiology Associates of Canton, Canton, Ohio  

The other committees of the Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care will focus on Quality Experience, Informatics and Outreach. Resources provided by the commission enhance radiologists’ understanding of — and participation in — new practice and payment models and advise on how to provide more patient- and family-centered care.

Related content will be presented at ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®, with sessions focusing on


Patient-Centered Radiology: Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Compassionate and More Effective Communications
Radiology Practice Improvement: Advances in Optimizing the Patient Experience
Maximizing the Patient Experience in Radiology: Interactive Case-Based Discussions
Strategies in Imaging the Moving Child — Imaging 3.0
What We Can Learn From Our Customers: Perspectives From Three Non-Radiologists (and One Radiologist)

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