The Crossroads of Radiology Shows Us the Path Forward

This post is contributed by Cheri Canon, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR 2016 program committee.

Cheri CanonphotoWe are at a crossroads in how we deliver care, how we are reimbursed for services, and how we interact with patients, other providers, and payers. As the health care landscape shifts, we need to find the new solid ground, to learn how to strengthen our practices and become better providers. ACR 2016 — the American College of Radiology all-radiology annual meeting — can help us do that and more.

The Crossroads of Radiology® (as ACR 2016 is known) focuses on advocacy, policy, Imaging 3.0, economics and practice quality improvement — issues that shape radiology’s future. Its flexible program provides sessions on leadership, clinical education, advocacy, economics, informatics and innovation, and quality and safety.

I strongly urge you to take part in Capitol Hill Day. ACR volunteers and staff schedule meetings with our elected officials and help prepare us to bring the “Voice of Radiology” directly to our lawmakers. In advocacy sessions, we’ll examine the nuts and bolts of health payment policy and explore how quality, data and informatics intersect with radiology practice and payment models.

Imaging 3.0™ and Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) sessions help us provide more patient- and family-centered care and learn business and leadership skills to succeed in new health care delivery and payment systems.

Health care is changing. We have to stay ahead of the curve. ACR 2016 helps equip us to do that—whether you’re a seasoned expert, a resident or fellow who needs practical tools for career development, or a young/early-career physician, who wants to continue building a successful practice.

With that in mind, what steps are you taking to shape the future of your practice?

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