Podcast: The Impact of Health Reform on Radiology

October 10, 2012

James Rawson, MD, discusses health care reform, appropriate imaging utilization, changes in practice structure, and the upcoming presidential election.

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Rawson co-edited the recent issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology along with Ruth Carlos, MD, an abdominal radiology professor at the University of Michigan. Rawson also wrote an article in the issue on the roots of health care reform, which he says was a response to chronic unresolved issues in the health care system, including universal health, population demographics, and value.

Rawson chairs the ACR Committee on Governmental and Regulatory Issues on Academic Radiology and served as a member of the CMS Ambulatory Payment Classification Advisory Panel. He’s also a board member of the ACR’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

In this podcast, Rawson explains:

• The impacts of reform on the practicing radiologist,
• The ongoing trend of practice mergers and hospital acquisitions,
• What the industry can do to further ensure appropriate use of medical imaging,
• And what the November presidential election will mean for the industry.