News

MORADS members active in the ACR

We are pleased to announce that:

Member Pamela Woodard, MD continues on the ACR Board of Chancellors as Chair of the  Commission on Research.

Member Amy Patel, MD is now on the Council Steering Committee.

We are proud to have such active College participation from Missouri members.

New Fellows

New Fellows from Missouri inducted at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiology are James A Nepute MD and Rebecca Lee Hulett Bowling MD.

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a member in good standing is recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching, and/or research. Only 10 percent of College members have been awarded this honor.

Please join us in congratulating our new Fellows!

For a list of recent Fellows from Missouri see here.

News from the ACR Annual Meeting

The ACR meeting was successfully held in an entirely virtual format this year.

Member Carlin Ridpath, MD was active on Reference Committee #1, a very active committee.  Thanks to Dr Ridpath for her participation in this important work of the College.

MORADS Spring Legal Presentation

Despite our spring meeting cancellation, our attorney, Harvey Tettlebaum, has nonetheless kindly provided us with his spring legal report and presentation.

 

Missouri Radiological Society Elects New Officers

President Neal Meyer, MD
President-Elect Michael Raney, MD
Vice-President Christopher Swingle, DO
Secretary-Treasurer Amy Patel, MD
Immediate Past-President Carlin Ridpath, MD

Due to cancellation of our annual meeting the Executive Committee has elected these officers pro tem.  Final election will be at the fall meeting.

Congratulations to all!

COVID-19: Radiology, Revised April 3, 2020

Information from our lawyer:

April 3, 2020

The MO HealthNet Division (MHD) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Effective with dates of service on or after March 1, 2020 providers do not need to obtain prior authorization for Chest CT Scan HCPCS codes 71250, 71260, and 71270 when the following COVID-19 related diagnosis codes are present: B34.2, B97.29, J1289, J20.8, J22, J40, J80, J98.8, R05, R0602, R509, Z03.818, and Z20.828. The MHD will continue to waive the co-payment for these codes.

Prior authorizations for ALL procedures managed by the MHD’s RBM will be approved for 90 days during the COVID-19 crisis. The list of procedures the RBM manages can be found here: https://www.healthhelp.com/wp-content/uploads/MOHTN_PROCCODES.pdf

This Hot Tip also applies to providers that are contracted with the Managed Care Organizations.

Harvey M. Tettlebaum

ACR Annual Meeting Converts to Virtual Format

The ACR® 2020 annual meeting is transitioning to a completely virtual meeting that prioritizes ACR governance activities. ACR 2020 will be held entirely online May 16-19.

The ACR 2020 virtual meeting will enable participants to take part in and experience:

  • ACR caucus meetings
  • ACR elections
  • Consideration of ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards
  • Consideration of ACR policy resolutions
  • Livestreaming of Presidential Address and Chair’s report
  • Awarding of ACR Gold Medals and Honorary Fellowships

Meeting materials here.

ACR Urges President to Speed PPE Resupply

The American College of Radiology® recently sent a letter to President Trump stating that we are “concerned by the insufficient supply of N95 masks, protective face shields, gowns, gloves and other equipment needed to keep diagnostic imaging professionals safe.”

The College told the President that “We stand ready to work with you and all of the federal and state agencies, as well as the private manufacturing community, to expand the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and we implore you to further accelerate that production by all means necessary.”

Read the letter.

Missouri Radiological Society Response to COVID-19

The Missouri Radiological Society supports the ACR in strongly recommending that all non urgent imaging is rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak as we all unite in our efforts to flatten the curve. This is in keeping with recommendations from many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society. This includes non-urgent imaging, including but not limited to the following: screening mammography, lung cancer screening, non urgent CT, plain film x-ray exams, MRI, and other non-emergent or elective radiologic and radiologically guided exams and procedures.

SPRING MEETING CANCELED

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the decision of MSMA to cancel its meeting next month, the Missouri Radiological Society Executive Committee has also decided to cancel the MORADS Spring Meeting scheduled for April 4, 2020. Thank you for your understanding during this time.