Better to Eat than Be Eaten

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

Dr.McGinty(updated)_andcroppedWhen it comes to shaping health care’s move from volume to value-based care, “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”

As I stated in my recent presentation at the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Annual Meeting, value-based payment is not going anywhere. Despite recent slowdowns in the implementation of the MACRA legislation we must remain engaged.

One of the primary challenges that ACR is addressing is developing metrics that accurately apply to our work. It is challenging to develop “metrics that matter.” Several ACR commissions and scores of College volunteers and staff are doing so.

We are also in dialogue with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help ensure that these metrics are what will be applied to radiology as Medicare’s Quality Payment Program moves forward (and not those made up for us by others).

Imaging clinical decision support (CDS) is a unique opportunity for radiologists to demonstrate their value as stewards of appropriate imaging. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Medicare will require referring providers to consult these appropriateness-criteria based systems prior to ordering advanced imaging for Medicare patients.

The Radiology Support Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™) is a great (free) way for you and your referring providers to get started with CDS now.

You can build your role as “steward” and gain continuing medical education credit and American Board of Radiology maintenance of certification Part 4 credit.

Both radiologists and referring provider practices can fulfill their improvement activity credit requirement under MIPS by completing an R-SCAN project.

Value-based care is here. ACR is at the table.

  • What is your experience participating in the ACR’s value-based care initiatives
  • What other value-based care initiatives do you think would be helpful for the ACR to support?
  • What barriers have you experienced and what recommendations do you have for overcoming or avoiding?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).

 

 

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