Membership Benefits of the American College of Radiology
Publications and periodicals to keep you informed and up-to-date. Seminars, workshops and educational programs to help you maintain your professional expertise. Meetings and conventions where you can network with your peers. Tangible benefits such as these are only part of the reason you should belong to the ACR. As an ACR member the following are available free or at reduced rates:
- The monthly ACR Bulletin
- Professional Self-Evaluation Series - syllabi for CME credit
- ACR Learning File and other educational programs on CD-ROM
- Practice accreditation programs in radiation oncology, mammography, ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy and MRI
- Interactive viewbox seminars
- Resource materials on practice issues, including partnerships and hospital contracts, regulatory compliance manuals, etc.
- Substantial discounts on ACR publications
- ACR Professional Bureau - job listing services free of charge to members
- ACR Appropriateness Criteria
- ACR Standards
- Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI) Program for CME credit
Just as important as the programs, materials and services you receive and participate in are the ACR's ceaseless efforts to maintain and advance radiology's place in medicine. Acting on your behalf - both publicly and behind the scenes - we represent your interests at all levels of government and before private payers:
- articulating and defending the positions of radiology with testimony before the U.S. Congress and interaction with government agencies,
- working closely with the HCFA to optimize Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement levels for radiology services,
- working closely with the FDA on issues related to the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 and new drug and medical device approvals,
- establishing radiology practice standards to ensure delivery of quality radiology services nationwide,
- managing grants from the National Cancer Institute for the Patterns of Care Study, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN),
- promoting radiology before managed care organizations and other third-party payers, and
- working with the AMA Relative Value Update Committee and the CPT Editorial Panel to assure proper reimbursement for radiological procedures.
As a member of the Wisconsin Radiological Society (a chapter of the ACR), you will receive legislative updates, discounted prices to educational events and networking events with fellow radiologists.