The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Diagnostic Excellence Initiative
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is honored to receive an award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Moore Foundation), a philanthropic entity that supports measurable, durable solutions to important problems, including those in health care. Specifically, the Moore Foundation’s Diagnostic Excellence Initiative aims to reduce harm from erroneous or delayed diagnoses.
The Moore Foundation’s Initiative also addresses the need to improve diagnostic performance; reduce costs and redundancy in the diagnostic process; improve health outcomes; and save lives. Under this award, ACR will develop a clinical quality measure to improve adherence to evidence-based recommended follow-up imaging for incidentally detected abnormal findings.
Closing the Results Follow-Up Loop
As proposed, the patient-centered Closing the Results Follow-Up Loop (Closing the Loop) quality measure concept will assess diverse practices’ adoption of systematic tracking and care coordination to encourage the delivery of evidence-based radiologist-recommended follow-up care. Results of successful performance in this proposed measure includes a greater volume of patients benefiting from early detection of cancer or other treatable conditions and ensuring treatment as appropriate.
ACR’s announcement of the award may be found here.
Contact email@example.com for more information about ACR’s quality measure development project.
Call for Nominations
ACR is seeking multidisciplinary stakeholders to serve on a Technical Expert Panel (TEP). This panel will be responsible for refining the quality concept, informing appropriate measure specification details, and assisting with the testing and implementation of the proposed quality measure.
TEP members will be selected to ensure representation from a variety of stakeholders, including (but not limited to) physicians, other clinicians or healthcare professionals, measure science experts or developers, and quality improvement professionals. ACR is committed to capturing the patient perspective. As such, we also invite nominations from patients and caregivers (i.e., family members or non-family members).
Those appropriate for nomination into this TEP should maintain relevant expertise or experience with (at least one of the following):
- Radiology, primary care, oncology, emergency care physicians/clinicians or similar specialties
- Measurement science experts
- Cost and resource use
- Receiving radiological care (or a caregiver of someone who has received radiological care)
All potential TEP members must disclose any current and past activities prior to and during the nomination process in order to be considered.
Participation on the Panel requires a significant time commitment.
TEP members are expected to participate in all scheduled meetings and calls. Over the course of the 18-month development project, there will be approximately 10-14 conference calls and at least two in-person meetings in Reston, Virginia.
Panel participation includes:
- Participation in the scheduled meeting dates
- Identify and disclose potential biases (real or perceived)
- Complete all surveys and evaluations
- Review provided materials in advance of meetings
- Provide input during the TEP meetings
- Review summaries and/or draft reports resultant of the meeting
- Consideration for participating in testing and data collection
Self-nominations are welcome. Third-party nominations must indicate that the individual has been contacted and is willing to serve.
To nominate an individual, please submit the following information:
- A completed online nomination form, with a completed disclosure of interest
- A brief statement of interest (highlighting expertise and experience relevant to the measure’s development)
- A curriculum vitae or list of relevant experience (e.g., publications) up to 10 pages
Individual nominations or nominations made on behalf of an individual will be accepted through February 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET. All nomination materials must be submitted by the deadline.
To access the nomination form, please click here.
For those considering nominating themselves or being nominated by a third party, please use these date ranges when making the decision as to whether you are able to participate. We understand that these dates are vague and hope to update this section with greater detail as soon as possible. Please be aware that there is a likelihood for a few teleconferences to occur in advance of the In-Person Meeting #1.
- March 2020: Orientation Webinar
- April 2020: In-Person Meeting #1 (Reston, VA)
- June 2020: Webinar #1
- July 2020: Webinar #2
- January 2021: Webinar #3
- April 2021: In-Person Meeting #2 (Reston, VA)
Project Time Line and Announcements
Please check back regularly for updated project information, including important project milestones and meeting notes.
About the Project
Supported by Grant Number 9053 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Moore Foundation.