After a very successful annual meeting in November 2015, with our highest registration ever, we began the New Year on a terribly sad note. Our WSRS meeting program chair, Dr. Douglas Green, a UW radiologist, died tragically in an avalanche while skiing in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. He was 49. Doug was in the initial stages of planning our 2016 meeting, which will be dedicated to his memory. As many of you know, Doug was a wonderfully thoughtful, intelligent, and forward thinking radiologist with a deep understanding of our specialty and how it related to the many aspects of day-to-day work, business, and a vision for our future. For the past several years, Doug had a regular column in the JACR called a “Reading Room with a View”. It was here that we were witness to the insights into his very clever mind. I urge you all to revisit these many editorials.
For more information about Doug and the tragic accident that took his life, click here
Dr. Doug Green, center-right, cuts an x-ray-decorated cake at the November 2015 meeting of the Washington State Radiological Society. (left to right, Ruben Krishnanathan, DJ Perry, Pooja Voria, Anne Roberts, Doug Green, Eric Stern)
On a brighter note, I want to bring to your attention the tremendous success of the American College of Radiology this past year and ask for your help in making 2016 even better.
I want to urge more radiologists to get involved in the ACR and WSRS. If you have colleagues who are not yet members, please invite them to join ACR. Why? Just look at the tremendous success from ACR advocacy just this past year alone, spearheading a rollback of the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) to Medicare reimbursement for interpretation of advanced imaging scans performed on the same patient, in the same session, on the same day. Reducing the MPPR cut from 25% to 5% equals roughly $352 million over 10 years in reimbursements not cut. This equals $1,600 per radiologist for 10 years, or $16,000! In addition, the ACR spearheaded a two-year delay of recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft mammography recommendations. This extends insurance coverage to millions of women.
These victories are possible because thousands of radiologists joined together to make them happen. ACR member dues pay for advocacy efforts. We could accomplish so much more if all of our colleagues join the College and work with us to advance our profession.
Together, we can do even greater things!
Eric J. Stern MD