Building a Successful Organization: Radiology as a Key Stakeholder

Martin-Carreras_TeresaTeresa Martín-Carreras, MD, diagnostic radiology resident and imaging informatics fellow, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, contributed this post.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit, a meeting where radiologists in all stages of their career joined business school experts to study the inner-workings of a successful health care enterprise. Organizational success has many facets, including fostering resilience amongst team members, shaping your professional brand, adequately navigating management transitions and understanding cost and reimbursement models.

My Summit experience began with a discussion about resilience. As a radiology leader, you can build a resilient team that can overcome leadership or financial issues within your organization. To build resilience, it is crucial to bring your team together, set your vision for success and learn how to deal with setbacks. The process starts with introspection, particularly of past challenges. As Scott Taylor, MBA, PhD, said, “Resilience grows through challenges and setbacks.” Is there something you realize now about your problem-solving process that you didn’t appreciate previously? How can you process and deal with failure in the future, both individually and as a member of your team? Identify your team’s commonalities, and leverage them to move forward and work towards a stronger and more purposeful relationship.

On the second day of the Summit, we had a comprehensive discussion regarding the critical role that personal branding plays in career success. Take a step back, and ask yourself – are you taking intentional action that reflects your core values? Do your relationships help enhance the messages you’re communicating? Build relationships with your colleagues and seek out mentors. The opportunities that arise from this support system will ultimately contribute to the success of your department or practice, and propel you towards the next step in your career.

Finally, we also tackled reimbursement models and organizational financial wellness. It’s no secret that many physicians lack sufficient knowledge about the intersection of health care and business theory. Financial fluency, including an understanding of cost and reimbursement, can make the difference between a healthy, functioning organization, and one which faces challenging times. Business concepts were solidified through participation in several case study group activities which explored how to deal with difficult times and management transitions in academic and private practice settings. Additional topics discussed included: opportunities and pitfalls of transparency in times of transition, how to evaluate offer letters and how to critically appraise profit and loss statements.

As I reflect on the many lessons learned at the 2019 RLI Leadership Summit, I encourage you to be the future of radiology that you want to see. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, use your platform to get engaged, and learn the functions of your department or practice. This will not only help advance your career, but it will also contribute to the success of the organization, and ultimately lead to better patient care.

  • Interested in digging deeper into these topics? Registration for the 2020 RLI Leadership Summit is now available.

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The Medicare AUC Mandate is Coming: Act Now!

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Zeke Silva, MD

This post is contributed by Ezequiel Silva, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics.

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule is out. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not delay the start of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) mandate.

CMS also released claims processing guidance for the 2020 AUC Education and Testing Period.

Barring a last minute change (unlikely), providers will have to consult AUC-based clinical decision support systems when ordering advanced imaging for Medicare beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2020.

All that is to say — the mandate is coming. We need to get ready.

The good news is there is still time — and we have help!

October 9 at 7pm ET, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) will host a free webinar to help us get ready.

Register now and invite your business manager and IT manager to do so as well!

I — and other presenters — will walk you through what you need to know and what we need to do make the transition as efficient as possible.

Don’t wait register now!

Let’s all move forward together!

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Gain Mentors and Experience at Young Investigator Symposium

Rahbar_HabibHabib Rahbar, MD, co-chair, ECOG-ACRIN Radiomics Working Group, contributed this post.

Right now, the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) is soliciting abstracts for oral presentation at its Young Investigator Symposium on October 24th in Fort Lauderdale. This is a great event not only for presenting research, but it is also an opportunity to observe scientific committee meetings, participate in educational sessions for clinical trial professionals and meet one-on-one with potential mentors and other attendees.

ECOG-ACRIN is an excellent group with which to align during your career. Imaging and biomarker studies pervade and enrich disease-specific trials, while imaging-specific trials focus on disease-relevant trials and integrate with laboratory-based markers.

Imaging researchers in ECOG-ACRIN are a diverse group of members who share a common interest in advancing oncologic imaging clinical trials. Together, we represent radiology and nuclear medicine physicians, oncologists, clinical trial methodologists, imaging technologists, and research associates. Our collaborative approach lends a positive precedence for how all groups work together in the National Cancer Trials Network.

How does this research unfold?

It begins with the Imaging Committee —a hub for imaging scientists. The committee develops and conducts trials for early evaluation of new imaging agents and approaches, and plans for their broader application. Every disease-oriented committee or working group in ECOG-ACRIN includes an Imaging Chair. Additionally, members of the Radiation Oncology Committee provide specialized expertise during the conception of new therapeutic trials.

Opportunities extend to the Imaging Committee’s four working groups. In precision oncology, the Quantitative Imaging Working Group and the Radiomics Working Group develop and evaluate imaging-related biomarkers to predict and monitor targeted treatment response. The Quantitative Imaging Working Group oversees our strong collaboration with the National Cancer Institute’s Quantitative Imaging Network. The Experimental Imaging Science Working Group maintains a network of academic and commercial cyclotron facilities to supply IND radiopharmaceuticals for trials. The Immunotherapy Working Group provides specialized expertise across the group.

This is an exciting time to be involved. ECOG-ACRIN and the American College of Radiology are collaborating on the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), a trial that will define the future of personalized screening for breast cancer and establish the largest ever biorepository for future research.

I encourage you to learn more about ECOG-ACRIN, and take advantage of the networking and mentorship opportunities available through the Young Investigator Symposium. Abstracts are due September 12th and up to eight individuals will be chosen. You can review the submission requirements at ecog-acrin.org.

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