Advanced Track (subject to change)

Friday, March 8, 2019

7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:15 am – 8:30 am
Welcome Remarks

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models

John Carrino, MD, MPH - Vice Chairman - Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery - New York, NY 

To control soaring health care costs, payers are increasingly implementing reforms that have a dampening effect on imaging use (the effect of these reforms can be expected to grow with time). Shift from volume-based to value-based practice Radiologists should work to eliminate inappropriate imaging use by educating referring clinicians and engaging more directly in test selection and protocol refinement. Radiologists should show the value of their work through comparative effectiveness research, by developing and implementing measurable performance standards, and performance improvement. Adjusting to the complexity of value-based payment systems and population health management will require flexibility, experimentation, and collaboration with other disciplines

You will learn to:
Describe efforts at cost and quality control that affect imaging
Define healthcare value (over volume)
Assess the impact of professional branding

Credits: 1
Domains: FM,OM

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fear, Hope, and Hype of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging

Woojin Kim, MD - CMIO, Nuance Communications - Los Angeles, CA 

Dr. Kim has vast experience and knowledge on this topic.  He has over 165 presentations and abstracts.  He has presented at the 2018 Spring and Annual conferences with average scores of 4.84 and 4.74 respectively.  The topic for this presentation has been based on the attendees feedback questions when he presented on Analytics.  He hopes to educated attendees so that they understand the limitations and the opportunities of AI in Medical Imaging so that leaders are well informed to make business decisions.

You will learn to:
Recognize fear and hype surrounding AI in medical imaging and its current state
Differentiate hype vs. reality when it comes to AI technology
Examine the use of AI in image interpretation and beyond and how AI can benefit both medical imaging professionals and our patients

Credits: 1
Domains: OM, AM

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

It's Fluoro Time! 2019 JC Requirements from Standards to Practice

John Harvey, Ph.D., DABR, CHP - Senior Medical/Health Physicist, West Physics - Atlanta, GA 

The presenter will discuss the changes to the 2019 Joint Commission standards for Radiology providers using fluoroscopy. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate adverse events and close calls that have actually happened when adequate safety practices required by the standards were not followed.

You will learn to:
How to quickly self-evaluate your fluoroscopy safety program
Discuss TJC fluoroscopy standards and how TJC surveyors will address each standard during an on-site survey
Discuss safe practices that can be used by fluoroscopy (IR, Cath Lab, GI, etc.) staff to minimize radiation safety hazards

Credits: 1
Domains: OM

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Ensuring You are on the Right Path for Coding & Compliance in 2019

Melody Mulaik, MSHS - President, Coding Strategies, Inc. - Powder Springs, GA 

This session will include an overview of radiology-specific coding and compliance risks including new technologies, appropriate utilization of new codes introduced in 2019 and other top radiology coding and compliance concerns.
Potential audit concerns, including supervision, orders and coding responsibility, will also be discussed to identify potential opportunities for improvement in system operations.

Sufficient time will be designated during the session to ensure that session participants have ample opportunity to have their coding questions and/or concerns addressed.

You will learn to:
Overview of current radiology procedure coding risks including unbundling, payor audit targets and confusing codes.
Review procedure coding updates for 2019 as well as key areas of concern
Ensure attendee coding questions are addressed through an interactive Q&A portion of the session

Credits: 1.5
Domains: FM

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Beverage Break with Exhibitors

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

SuperTech: Essential Tools for Today's Technologists & Leaders

Joe Klaers, RT(R)(CT), MBA - Sr. Director Imaging Services, CentraCare Health System - Maple Plain, MN 

This presentation will be an interactive and exciting session to inspire the attendees to apply new skills. Today's technologists are no longer able to just take an image; they must do much more to ensure quality, safety, financial security, patient satisfaction, etc. Imaging leaders are no longer able to know all of the answers and solve all of the problems; they must allow their teams the autonomy to make decisions and solve problems. The session will highlight 12 different tools or roles that today's technologists and imaging leaders need to demonstrate in order for the future of imaging to thrive in the changing healthcare environment. The end of the session challenges the attendees to improve by using a 1 year challenge highlighting each of the 12 tools, one per month. This session is valuable for both technologists and leaders.
 Presentation Outline:
 •Background of past requirements of technologists
 •Essential tools/skills needed by today’s technologists 
 •Application of the tools
 •Challenge and inspire to improve

You will learn to:
gain an understanding of the essential skills and knowledge needed to be an effective technologist and leader in today’s healthcare environment.
be able to identify areas for self-improvement and understand a connection to purpose in your work.
be able to apply learning to everyday activities.

Credits: 1
Domains: OM,HR

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

A War Against Millennials..."Can't We All Just Get Along?"

Tosca Bridges Taylor, B.S.RT(R)(CT)(QM) - Trainer/ Speaker/Radiology Instructor, John Muir Health/Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences/Samuel Merritt University - San Ramon, CA 

Learning to communicate and relate is key in forming productive, respectful, and educational environments for younger staff, managers, and students. In radiology there was a time were accuracy was king. Techniques had to be precise and positioning was paramount. A time where separating a great technologist from a horrible one came down to what was hung on the view box for all to see once it dropped from the processor. Those times are gone! In this session Tosca will discuss the differences between millennials and the generations before them. We will talk about ways to stay with the times and remain respectable. We will also exchange thoughts about what being a mentor truly is. In this day and age we must stay current with the technology as well as the terminology. Radiology has changed exponentially since millennial year 2000. The speaker's one question is...have you?

You will learn to:
Understand the millennial thought process. Learn to speak their love language.
Utilize tools to become an educational resources
Take ownership of how valuable of a role elder technologist play in helping mold younger radiology professionals

Credits: 1
Domains: CI,OM

Saturday, March 9, 2019

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

AHRA Regulatory Affairs Update

Nathan Baugh, BA - Associate, Capitol Associates - Alexandria, VA 

The AHRA Regulatory Affairs Update will cover the latest information regarding new and forthcoming imaging regulations. Topics will include Appropriate Use Criteria/Clinical Decision Support, Site-Neutral Payment Policies, CR to DR incentives, patient-relationship categories and codes, among others.

You will learn to:
Attendees will learn about the Appropriate Use Criteria timeline and next steps for your imaging department
Attendees will gain an understanding of site-neutral policies and the implications for HOPDs
Attendees should be aware of the full suite of new regulations that will apply to their imaging department beginning in 2018 or 2019

Credits: 1.5
Domains: FM, CI, OM

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Laughing to Ease the Pain: The Role of Humor in Patient Comfort

David Jacobson, MSW, LCSW, CHP - Director, Banner University Medical Center - Tucson, Arizona 

This presentation is full of entertaining stories that educate attendees on the role therapeutic humor plays in healing and coping with health issues and everyday stress. It reveals humor strategies that anyone can use to improve their health. David is one less than 30 Certified Humor Professionals in the Country. A designation bestowed through the three-year Humor Academy of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. This presentation begins with the presenter’s story of being in critical condition at age 22 and a diagnosis of rheumatic fever and severe arthritis and a humorous interaction lead to a life transforming event. The physiological, psychological and social benefits of using therapeutic humor will be explained. Research on appropriate, healthy humor and inappropriate, unhealthy humor will also be discussed. The final part will discuss and apply humor strategies that anyone can learn to use either as patients or health care providers.

You will learn to:
Gain an understanding of the role therapeutic humor can play in coping with illness.
Explain the physiological, psychological and social benefits of using therapeutic humor.
Discuss and apply humor strategies that can be utilized to enhance ones use of therapeutic humor.

Credits: 1
Domains: CI,OM

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Radiography Lawsuit: How to Avoid One, How to Survive one

TerriAnn Ryan, M.Ed. RT (R,M) - Director, Mercyhealth - Rockford, IL 

With the decline of the "respondent superior" theory, more and more radiologic technologists are being held liable for their actions in a court of law. And it is not just the technologists that are being sued, but the administrators, the supervising technologists and the radiologists are also being named in cases where a technologist fell below the standard of care. When was the last time your department held an in-service on the symptoms of contrast media reactions? Does your department have any stools with wheels on them hiding in a cubby hole? Do you address culture and diversity with your staff and help them understand how people of these cultures react to western medicine? These are all topics that the speaker has been involved in as an expert witness. As a educator and a manager, she sees both sides and wants to help remind everyone that the consequences of action may save or cost your career.

You will learn to:
identify areas that should be addressed in inservice meetings as either refresher courses or as new information
how to make sure that your staff are adequately informed of potential hazards that arise through moments of not thinking ahead
keep your staff and radiologists from a possible litigation

Credits: 1.5
Domains: OM,CI

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Productivity Targets: Right Staffing Through Workload Analysis

Brett Wehmeyer, BS - Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor, UW Health - Madison, WI 

Be your own labor management consultant!  Productivity Targets are progressively becoming the relied upon metric for healthcare staffing nationwide.  A key to successful productivity management is to understand your department volumes and resources on a granular level.  In this session, we will provide solutions on how to analyze your workload and gain a deeper understanding of your business and staffing needs.  While knowing how much direct time should be dedicated to each exam is easy in our increasingly data driven industry, understanding how to account for the indirect productivity is less explicit.  Defining the indirect standards is unique to each institution and modality.  With the information from this session, you will have the level of understanding and the confidence needed to set those standards.  Employee engagement through this process is also important.  The presenter will touch on ways to keep your employees informed, engaged, and participating in setting these standards.  Finally, continued monitoring and tracking of your workload is the last step in sustaining a productive department.

You will learn to:
Understand the difference between direct & indirect productivity
Use historical data to analyze workload and staffing needs
Set variable productivity targets for sustainability

Credits: 1
Domains: HR, OM

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Beverage Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Imaging Market Outlook: An Immersive Dialogue

Les Jebson, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FACMPE - Executive Director, Texas A&M Health Science Center

What do regional and national markets look like for imaging services? How will new technologies, staffing, reimbursement models affect us? This practical, yet thought provoking presentation is amplified through your real time participation. Harnessing real-time audience engagement tools, we will categorically review what the immediate and future professional horizon has in store for the imaging professional and market.

You will learn to:
Review the current and looming hot button topics facing the imaging market
Discuss proactive opportunities for effective imaging leadership in evolving markets
Analyze opportunities shared from peers in achieving leadership success

Credits: 1
Domains: OM, HR, FM

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Power of Team Engagement

Josh Block - President, Block Imaging - Holt, MI 

Leadership Toolbox for Team Engagement- Reducing blame and politics and increasing teamwork and healthy communication are what we’re after as leaders! Each of these leadership tools has the potential to dramatically shape organizational culture.
 1. Start with Why – the deeper “why” behind what we do is critical to developing formidable team members, departments and organizations. 
 2. Chemistry – the three C’s of hiring – competency and character are fundamental. But it’s the third “c”… chemistry that makes good teams great. 
 3. Whole People – how relating with and seeing people holistically impacts performance and progress. 
 4. Curiosity – What assumptions can lead to and how curiosity can have an enormous impact in our work. 
 5. Believe – people can feel our level of belief in them without saying a word. Why belief in the people we work for and who work for us is so important.

You will learn to:
Journal in detail your specific "why"
List your "assumptions" and how they impact your work relationships
Create a plan with steps to address and change

Credits: 1
Domains: HR, C


Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) Domains:
The following are used to denote specific domains (subject areas) addressed by the CRA credential.

AM = Asset Management
CI = Communications/Information Management
FM = Fiscal Management
HR = Human Resources
OM = Operations Management