July 05, 2018

ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Announces New Economics Committee Leadership

The American College of Radiology’s Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care (CPFCC) announced Melissa M. Chen, MD as the new chair of the Commission’s Economics Committee. Amy Patel, MD will serve as vice chair.

The CPFCC works collaboratively within the College, and with outside patient-centered care organizations and professional medical societies, to ensure high-quality care is provided in a manner that incorporates the needs, wants and values of our patients and communities.

In 2017, the CPFCC’s Economics Committee surveyed patients and identified several areas of opportunity for radiologists to play a more active role in patient care, including direct patient consultations.

“I am honored to chair the Commission’s Economics Committee as we work to respond to the results of the 2017 patient survey,” Dr. Chen said. “We’re eager to follow-up on that survey to assess the different scenarios in which radiologists engage directly with patients. We also want to identify barriers that exist to patient engagement, and solutions to overcome those barriers.”

“As a breast radiologist, I’m looking forward to working with the Committee to develop a standardized survey for mammography patients across various practice types, which we’re aiming to be used to satisfy the MIPS Improvement Activity requirement,” said Dr. Patel.

The Economics Committee and its two new leaders look forward to advancing these efforts in support of the CPFCC’s overall work to improve healthcare satisfaction by promoting constructive relationships between radiologists and other physicians with their patients, families and communities.

To arrange an interview with an ACR PFCC spokesperson, contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936, Meghan Swope at 703-390-9822 or email PR@acr.org.

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The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, and professions of radiological care.