WSRS Day of Advocacy in Olympia, Thursday, January 30, 2020

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This annual event brings members of WSRS from around the state to Olympia to advocate for policy that assures healthcare access and safety for members of the public. It’s an exciting introduction to how ordinary healthcare providers can promote good sense public policy by making themselves available to explain issues, challenges and innovations to lawmakers and members of their staff.  Don’t miss it! 

ACR Breast Imaging Toolkit

“Talking to Patients about Breast Cancer Screening” CME Toolkit from ACR

The ACR strongly encourages radiologists to download these materials now available on their website. This toolkit contains informative materials designed to better inform patients and help providers assess the breast cancer screening needs of their patients.

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  • Share with your referring clinicians and advise them of CME availability!
  • Place patient materials on your website and in your waiting room
  • Print and include in correspondence with patients and referring providers

WSRS President’s Viewbox: May 2019

Dear Members,

The first quarter saw the Executive Committee undertake activities involving political advocacy and networking both locally and in Washington D.C.

At the annual Olympia Day held on January 23rd this year, our delegation visited several State House and Senate members to discuss our concerns regarding proposed legislation on Balance Billing and Wrongful Death expansion. A more detailed account of our activities was provided in the prior legislative update from February. Please click on the link to the May State Legislative Update for more information on how these bills fared.

We have just returned from the annual ACR meeting in Washington D.C., from May 18 – 22. The ACR’s Hill Day was a success for the WSRS; our members met in person with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell as well as representatives Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Dr. Kim Schrier. We also met the aides for representatives Pramila Jayapal, Denny Heck and Adam Smith. A Federal Legislative Update will be posted shortly.

One of our new goals this year is to share ideas on advocacy with other physician groups with the aim of fostering alliances and possibly furthering our legislative priorities. To that end, I had dinner with Dr. Dominque Coco, the President of the Washington State Society of Pathologists and Dr. Robert Hsiung from the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists. The gathering was fruitful, and we will continue to discuss working together on advocacy and organizational issues.

Another goal for the year is to raise the profile of the WSRS by participating in charity events relevant to our patients. The WSRS will be a corporate sponsor at the annual Susan G. Komen “More Than Pink” Breast Cancer Walk on June 2nd in Seward Park. I would like to encourage as many members as possible to sign up and join the WSRS group.

The annual meeting this year will be co-hosted with the WSMA on October 12th, approximately 3 weeks earlier than usual. Dr. Jeff Robinson is developing the program that will include speakers from the ACR and those provided by the WSMA.

Successful networking events were held by both the YPS and Women In Radiology (WIR) sections.

The WSRS Board and Executive Committee are all volunteers; we are practicing Radiologists from both the private and academic sector. We are always looking for fresh volunteers to provide new energy and ensure the viability of the organization. If you would like to participate, please contact our Executive Director at admin@wsrs.org

Best wishes for the summer, and I hope to see you at the Susan G. Komen walk.

Dr. Ruben Krishnananthan, MBBS. MPH
President, WSRS, 2018-2020

Ruben Krishnananthan, President of WSRS with Dominique Coco, President of WA State Pathologists Society and Robert Hsiung from WA State Anesthesiologists Society”.

 

WSRS 2019 Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center 
17620 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188

Online registration is closed. Onsite registration will be available Saturday morning.

 

Please help us thank our exhibitors for their generous support:

APS Medical Billing
Foundation Medicine, Inc
GE Healthcare
Hologic
UBS

Meeting Agenda

7:30am Registration opens 

7:30–8:30am Continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:30-8:45am WSRS Annual Meeting WelcomeRuben Krishnananthan, MD, MPH, President

8:45-9:30am Challenges and Opportunities for Radiologist Empowerment: An ACR Update, Richard Duszak, MD 

9:30–10:00am Break with exhibitors 

10:00–10:45am Radiology’s Cost Conundrum: Who Pays? Richard Duszak, MD

10:45 – 10:55am ACR Breast Imaging Toolkit. Peter Eby, MD

10:55–11:35am High-Value Imaging. Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH | Bob Bree Memorial Lecture

11:35 a.m.–12:00pm AI Applications in Radiology and Medicine. Nathan Cross, MD | Doug Green Memorial Lecture

12:00–12:30pm Protecting Access to Medicare Act and Clinical Decision Support Update. Jeffrey Robinson, MD, MBA, FACR 

12:30–2:00pm WSRS Residents and Fellows Lunch Program

12:30-2:00pm Medical Student Lunch Program

12:30–2:00pm WAMPAC Luncheon*  

2:00–3:00pm Keynote Presentation: Healthcare 3.0: How Technology is Driving the Transition to Prosumers, Platforms, and Outsurance. Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD 

3:00–3:30pm Break with exhibitors

3:30-4:30pm WSRS Annual Business Meeting 

4:30-5:30pm Physician Leadership and the Urgency of the Moment in Medicine. AMA President Patrice Harris, MD 

5:30-7:00pm Reception and WSMA President’s Inauguration 

7:oopm WSMA Foundation Dinner* 

*Requires ticket purchase to attend. Tickets may be purchased when registering. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Washington State Medical Association and Washington State Radiological Society. The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6.25 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

ACR Annual Meeting

The 2019 ACR Meeting in Washington DC was a success.  This important meeting included the annual Capitol Hill Day visits with our Washington State legislators. The WSRS delegates had the opportunity to meet with our legislators in Washington DC on May 22, 2019 to advocate on behalf of our Washington State Radiological Society members on issues that are important to us. If you would like to get more involved in WSRS Advocacy please contact Dr. Jonathon Medverd, WSRS Government Affairs Chair to learn more.  jmedverd@gmail.com

Bill Keyes, Rachel Gerson, John Medverd, Ruben Krishnananthan & Eric Stern visit with Congresswoman Kim Schrier
Bill Keyes and Ruben Kirshnananthan talk with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WSRS launches website to answer patient & provider breast density questions

The WSRS Breast Imaging Task Force has created a new website to provide information and answer questions regarding the Washington State Bill 5084, passed in 2018, which requires mammography facilities to inform patients of their breast density beginning January 1st, 2019.  Pages targeted at healthcare providers, facilities, techs/sonographers and patients are available now and will be updated over the next several months.  Please help us spread the word about this very valuable resource.   The website is found at: www.WA-densebreastanswers.org

Gold medal Chapter Recognition Award

ACR Chapter Recognition Program. ACR IS pleased to announce that WSRS has been selected to receive the award for Excellence in Meetings & Education in Division D. Your chapter’s commitment to excellence in Meetings & Education has not gone unnoticed by ACR.

WSRS President Ruben Krishnananthan and the WSRS Executive Council accept the award on behalf of WSRS Membership at the ACR Annual Meeting May 20, 2019