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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - Rich Duszak, MD

Basing research and best practices on evidence is nothing new. But for radiologists to best represent their professions to federal lawmakers and regulators, their advocacy should be evidence-based, argued Emory University’s Rich Duszak, MD, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice at the school’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

 - David-Levin

David Levin, MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, asked a simple question with his Nov. 26 presentation at RSNA 2017: Will the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) kill your radiology practice?

Medical researchers, particularly those in the neuroscience field, will soon have the chance to submit proposals for a piece of the $40 million the NFL is making available for grants.

John Flannery, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will become CEO of General Electric on Aug. 1 and will assume the chairman position in 2018. He will replace GE’s current CEO and chairman, Jeff Immelt, who will step down after 16 years in the leadership roles.

 - W. Kenneth Davis, JD, speaking at RSNA 2016

Contracting with hospitals can be a proverbial minefield for radiology groups, unless you have a strategy for negotiations and some legal guidance. Kenneth Davis Jr., JD, a healthcare attorney, and Lawrence Muroff, MD, CEO of Imaging Consultants, presented both the attorney and radiologist perspectives on exclusive provider agreements at a presentation at RSNA 2016.

 - Zachary Ballenger

Teaching leadership skills should be done through a radiologist’s residency, allowing those reluctant to lead to get comfortable and make some mistakes in a more protected environment.

Radiation oncology can use non-technological advances within patient-centered care and shared decision making to support “high quality, high value” care while also enhancing and changing clinical trials on cancer treatments, according to a study published in the Journal of American College of Radiology.

 - J. Anthony Seibert

Radiologists are becoming a little less in “denial” about the need for imaging security, according to J. Anthony Seibert, PhD, professor and associate chair of informatics in the radiology department at the University of California Davis Health System, Sac­ramento. But he still sees plenty of room for improvement.

Healthcare’s new reality could be a return to pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies and turning Medicaid into a state block grant program after Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is facing three counts of felony securities fraud, accepted a $100,000 gift to fund his defense from the head of an imaging company his office was investigating for Medicaid fraud, according to the Associated Press.