RSNA and ACR To Talk Patient-centered Initiatives
At a special interest session on Monday afternoon representatives of RSNA and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will discuss the efforts of the two societies to make the specialty more patient-centered.
"Imaging in a New Dimension: Radiologists Add Value" will feature Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., chair of RSNA's Patient-centered Radiology Steering Committee, and Bibb Allen Jr., M.D., vice-chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors. Dr. Mahoney will outline the mission and goals of RSNA's Radiology Cares™: The Art of Patient-centered Practice campaign. Dr. Allen will do the same for ACR's Imaging 3.0 campaign. William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., RSNA Board Liaison for Publications and Communications, will moderate.
A patient-centered focus fits perfectly into the RSNA 2013 theme, as physicians must think of their patients as partners, Dr. Mahoney said. "Our whole field will lose credibility and respect over time if all we do is read images and are not more engaged in the process of providing quality care," Dr. Mahoney said. "We need to bring more to the table or we'll become less relevant to clinicians and patients."
Monday's session will also teach attendees how to assess their radiology practice models and realign them to focus on value over volume. Attendees will learn specific tactics to put the concepts of patient-centeredness and value versus volume into practice.
"Imaging in a New Dimension: Radiologists Add Value" will be held Monday, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in Room N226.