Bridging Disconnected Groups and Dramatic Reforms

The following post was contributed by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR

These days it seems that change, and the need to adapt, are constants in our lives. I’m always looking for ways to help myself, and my professional community, turn what could be a source of anxiety into a step forward.

My takeaway from an article that spoke to what makes an effective change agent was: “People who bridge(d) disconnected groups and individuals were more effective at implementing dramatic reforms.”

Our networks, both informal and formal, have never been more important as we try to navigate our way forward. I was delighted recently to see the effect of some informal networking that I did last year.

I was introduced to Alexe Page who does the same type of economics advocacy work that I do, but for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). We’ve kept in touch and I’ve kept her posted on the Clinical Decision Support initiative.

So, when she was asked for a resource for a blog post to educate the orthopedic community on the issue, I was able to represent our efforts and showcase our collaboration on criteria development.

Telling the story of the benefits of CDS using the ACR Appropriate Use Criteria is one of our most important priorities between now and the effective date of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” imaging provisions in January 2017. You can do your part in your network and we have resources to help you!

Clinical decision support will be among the topics covered in informatics and innovation sessions offered at The Crossroads – ACR 2015™, the College’s all-new, all radiology annual meeting, May 17-21 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

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