Happy Spring. I am happy to update you on opportunities and recent WSRS activities pertinent to your practices.
The WSRS Leadership Scholarship has been created to promote and support the development of radiology leaders in Washington State. I hope you will join me in my excitement about this benefit for members! All interested members are encouraged to apply. You recently received a separate email announcement and call for applications. Visit the WSRS website for the application form and full information. Note: Application deadline is May 30, 2014.
Members should also be aware that applications to be considered for ACR Fellowship are due completed by June 30, 2014. ACR Fellowship is one of the most prestigious formal recognitions available to long-time ACR members and symbolizes exceptional achievements in the fields of radiology, radiation oncology or medical physics. More information and application instructions can be found on the ACR website.
Your society has continued to actively promote membership interests in the legislative and policy realms. Your WSRS board, accompanied by several state radiology residents, delivered the message of radiologist, radiation oncologist and medical physicist expertise and value to all 7 of our Representatives and both Senators during ACR Day on the Hill, held on April 30th in Washington, DC. In addition to thanking our members of congress for passing this year's SGR patch, we highlighted the positive impact that will be realized from the imaging-related provisions within the patch. We also requested each congress person put their signature on letters being circulated within the House and Senate urging CMS to provide reimbursement for low-dose CT lung cancer screening. In the aftermath of MEDCAC's bewildering unsupportive determination of benefit from CT screening for lung cancer (issued May 1st), congressional influence will be important to achieve access to this life-saving service for high-risk Medicare patients.
In state politics, as predicted, Washington State SB6050 concerning mandatory breast density communication died in committee. (See April 2014 President's Viewbox for details.) However, this issue is not dormant. The evidence associated with cancer screening in women with dense breasts will be examined by both the Bob Bree Collaborative and the HCA Health Technology Assessment committees and the issue will indubitably try to return to our State House soon. WSRS remains engaged in this and other active imaging related issues – including radiation dose and CT rules writing, for example – and will advocate for the best interests of our patients and practices. All members are encouraged to engage with these and other state and federal legislative activities through communication with your Society and elected politicians. If you need any further information, please contact me at email@example.com or Debra Alderman, WSRS Association Executive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, do avail yourself the opportunity to network and learn at the upcoming WSRS Annual Meeting to be held at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland on November 8, 2014. Save the date! More details on this important meeting will follow later this year.
Jonathan Medverd, MD
President, Washington State Radiological Society
Washington residents now have a new way to find, compare and enroll in health insurance. It's called Washington Healthplanfinder, and it allows individuals, families, and small business owners to choose the plan that best fits their needs and their budget. Enrollment is open now and coverage begins January 1, 2014. Please visit the WSMA for health benefit exchange physician resources.