Imaging 3.0: We Need Actions, Not Words

18083975-The-words-Time-for-Action-on-a-stopwatch-timer-clock-demanding-you-to-act-to-solve-a-crisis-or-solve-Stock-PhotoIt has been nearly four years since ACR introduced the Imaging 3.0 initiative™ to help radiology adapt to coming value-base health care delivery and payment models.

As ACR Chair Bibb Allen, Jr., MD, FACR, said in “Changing Platitudes to Attitudes: Making the Imaging 3.0 Culture Stick” in this month’s Journal of the American College of Radiology, Imaging 3.0 has always stressed (1) awareness and culture shift, (2) tools for workflow integration and (3) a strategy for creating incentives for payers and policymakers that encourage integrated patient-centric radiologic care.

However, the Merit-Based Incentives Payment System (MIPS) and other value-based programs outlined in this year’s Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) bring into sharp relief that practicing radiologists and allied professionals must now begin to act on the Imaging 3.0 game plan.

The College is working to ensure that the tools radiologists have developed for value-based, patient-centered care – including clinical decision support, dose-reduction strategies and actionable reporting using data registries, become metrics for compliance with the MIPS and development of APMs.

In tandem, radiology professionals must take advantage of the tools and information already compiled by the College, along with those to come, and integrate these resources with lessons learned in their own practices. Imaging 3.0 can no longer be regarded as a pleasant slogan. Now, is the time for action, not words.

Please use the comments section below to share with our colleagues how your group or institution is putting Imaging 3.0 concepts into practice.

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