Giving Voice to Our Patients’ Concerns

This post was contributed by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors.

Dr.McGinty(updated)A giant upside of making radiology care more patient-centered is that patients more easily understand why the American College of Radiology takes some of the stands it does on Capitol Hill and in state houses nationwide. This is tremendous help not only to patient care, but to health care reform overall.

For instance, more than 80 patient groups and minority health care advocates stood alongside the American College of Radiology to tell CMS to abandon reimbursement cuts to low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Prominent colorectal cancer care advocacy groups recently joined the ACR in calling on Medicare to cover CT colonography.

You will hear more next week about a coalition of patient groups and minority advocates joining forces to urge Congress to extend mandatory insurance coverage for women 40 and older who want annual mammograms.

As radiologists become more visible to patients, this helps our efforts to educate lawmakers, insurers and other decision makers on how the actions they take (or don’t take) affect their constituencies. This is a significant step forward radiology and those we serve.

Why else is being more visible to patients important? What steps have you taken to work with patients or patient groups?

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One thought on “Giving Voice to Our Patients’ Concerns

  1. I have spoken to community groups, appeared on local cable TV, met with senior groups and done an extensive local media profile all related to radiology in the community. I have traveled throughout our catch-man area to reach out to referring groups

    Work with your hospital or other media/PR professional to get the word out of the importance of radiology to the community.

    There are many opportunities and with the emphasis on added value, we need to be vocal advocates.

    Please share your experiences.

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