How are you preparing your team for the upcoming changes to radiology reimbursement?
It's been three years since the launch of the ACR's Imaging 3.0 initiative, which aimed to change the culture of radiology and make radiologists more visible and engaged in the care of their patients. Starting in 2017, radiologists will be measured on how effectively they do this under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) established as part of the Medicare program. And increasing amounts of our reimbursement will be linked to how well we do.
We're looking to understand the real-life challenges and successes that our Twitter community has experienced around making their practices more patient-centered. We'll be discussing where to start, strategies for countering resistance and, very importantly, figuring out how to balance these activities with getting the core imaging interpretation work completed in a timely way. We'll be sharing our own stories, and we hope to hear not just from radiologists but also from other physicians and health care providers as well as the critically important voice of our patients.
If you have implemented a program, workflow change, or new compensation structure to incentivize a more effective connection with your patients, we want to hear from you. If your colleagues were skeptical of the need to change and you overcame that, please jump in and tell us how. If you failed miserably, we also want to hear from you and hope you'll take away some novel approaches to succeeding the next time. We also want to hear what you need from your leadership in organized radiology to support your journey.
We look forward to a robust discussion and invite you to share this widely. Join us on Thursday, July 28, at 12 noon EDT, when we'll be moderating a JACR tweet chat on radiology leadership.
Alexander M. Norbash, MD, is the chair of radiology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, is vice chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors and a radiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. Gaurab Bhardwaj, MBA, PhD, is associate professor of management and strategyin the School of Management at Babson College