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William Doss
As a Senior Writer for TriMed Media Group, Will covers radiology practice improvement, policy, and finance. He lives in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Science Communication and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked as a media specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work you might see him at one of the many live music venues in Chicago or walking his dog Holly around Lakeview.
 - Checklist

An alphabet soup of regulatory bodies and accreditation agencies can make the process of properly credentialing radiologic technologists a head-spinning affair. Fortunately, Cybil Nielsen, MBA, nuclear medicine technology program director at Indiana University School of Medicine, will set the record straight at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition.

 - DocApproves

Pre-authorization can bog down the imaging process but the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO, has taken ownership of front-end authorization and medical necessity review, saving time and money when compared to outside referral specialists. This in-house review has reduced the time-to-authorization from 5 weeks to under 48 hours, according to Aaron Hackman, Radiology Reimbursement Specialist at University of Colorado Hospital.

 - Michael Janis

Employee engagement and patient experience are often regarded as separate courses in the hospital administration curriculum, but they are closely connected.

Gadolinium deposition in the brain may be worse than previously feared, bypassing the blood-brain barrier and landing in regions of the brain responsible for voluntary motor control.

 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky

Senate Republicans are delaying the vote on their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement until after the July 4 congressional recess, missing a self-imposed deadline due to holdouts on both ends of the conservative spectrum.

The 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule eases the burden on small and rural practices compared to the 2017 rule, more or less responding to criticism of the 2017 rule’s high expectations on practices.

The RSNA Research and Education (R&E) will award $4 million in grants in 2017, funding 30 percent of all grant applications. 50 institutions from across the globe will receive grants funding for a variety of research and educational objectives, including a sorely-needed overhaul to radiology policy education.

 - doctor communication

The shift from volume to value puts a premium on the patient experience. Radiologists can do their part with effective physician-patient communication, but a survey published in Radiology shows a disconnect between the values espoused by leaders and the ground-level practices of radiology departments today.

A draft verison of the Senate's iteration of the American Health Care Act will be released on Thursday, according to Politico. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, appears to be sticking to his guns by moving towards a vote on the healthcare bill before the July 4 recess.

 - Congress

45 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, imploring against future cuts to lung cancer screening reimbursement.