Build Lung Cancer Screening Programs That Grow, Evolve

Washington, DC (March 23, 2016) — Radiologists can get “the right stuff” to build effective multidisciplinary teams and to advance the quality and effectiveness of lung cancer screening programs at ACR 2016 —The Crossroads of Radiology®.

“It’s been more than a year since Medicare’s final decision to cover  computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening for seniors at high-risk for lung cancer. While insurance reimbursement has speeded expansion of lung cancer screening programs in the United States, there’s much that can be learned to develop effective multidisciplinary teams and maximize the quality and effectiveness of those programs,” said Cheri Canon, MD, FACR, chair of the meeting’s Program Committee. “ACR 2016 attendees get this needed information, along with critical details on how to incorporate information technology solutions,” she added.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) annual meeting provides the following sessions, developed in conjunction with the Fleischner Society and the Society of Thoracic Radiology:

·         Developing an Effective Lung Cancer Screening Team

·         Advancing the Practice of Lung Cancer Screening

Expert presenters include Phillip Boiselle, MD; Francine L. Jacobson, MD, MPH; Jeffrey P. Kanne, MD; Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR, FSCBTMR; Carla Lamb, MD; Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH, MPH; Andrea McKee, MD; Shawn Regis, PhD; Geoffrey Rubin, MBA, MD, FACR; Jo-Anne O. Shepard, MD; and Eliot Siegel, MD, FACR.

Other sessions of interest include

·         Patient-Centered Radiology: Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Compassionate and More Effective Communications

·         ACR Education Center: High-Resolution CT

·         Radiology Practice Improvement: Advances in Optimizing the Patient Experience

·         Maximizing the Patient Experience in Radiology: Interactive Case-Based Discussions

·         What We Can Learn From Our Customers: Perspectives From Three Non-Radiologists (and One Radiologist)

 ACR’s annual all-member meeting will be held May 15–19 in Washington, DC. The keynote address is being given by Ezekiel J. (Zeke) Emanuel, MD, PhD, an architect of the Affordable Care Act and a leading practitioner shaping the future of health care. Special events include Capitol Hill Day, with exclusive meetings scheduled for members to bring the “Voice of Radiology” to elected officials; the Body MRI Boot Camp and the Economics Forum. Sessions are organized into nine Program Pathways, with more than 100 hours of continuing education programming. More information may be found in the ACR 2016 program schedule. Online registration is open; take advantage of reduced rates before April 30.

Visit ACR’s lung cancer screening resource webpage for information about becoming a designated lung cancer screening center and links to programs for smoking cessation, which is an important component of a lung cancer screening program.