Do Radiologists Fit in America’s Future Health Care System?

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

These aren’t fighting words—let’s call this a temperature check. Have you asked yourself lately: How do radiologists (replace radiologists with I) fit in America’s future health care system?

Bioethicist and Affordcredit the photographerable Care Act (ACA) architect Ezekiel J. (Zeke) Emanuel, MD, PhD, will address this question in his keynote address at ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®. Having heard him speak on this topic before, I expect that he will live up to his reputation as an “opinionator” in addressing “The Future of American Health Care: What Is the Role of Radiology?” Emanuel will provide advice for radiologists on how to adapt to the new health care environment, including responding to economics and costs as driving forces for change, and focusing on patients with chronic conditions.

He served as a special adviser for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget and has written a definitive account of the ACA. Trained both as an oncologist and a political scientist, his is a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, proposing that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs.

What will our health care system look like 5 and 10 years from now? How do radiologists evolve for the coming health care system change? Who should get medical care?

These are the types of questions that prompt dialogue, which in turn changes mindsets and routines. This is why you come to The Crossroads of Radiology®.

I would be interested to know:

What question(s) would you want to ask Emanuel about the ACA and/or our role in the future of American medicine?

What insights might you provide to him that could perhaps change his views on where radiology (and radiologists) fit into his ideal health care system?   

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?