President’s Message

June 24, 2021

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your continued membership in the Massachusetts Radiological Society (MRS).  Our society and its leadership represent all physicists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and diagnostic radiologists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every year, we face challenges to our practices, and working together, we continue to successfulladvocate on behalf of our members, and even more importantly our patients. As we emergfrom the COVID pandemic, we look forward to inperson meetings and inperson advocacy work, but are planning to continue with the virtual option as it allows more members to remain engaged, especially those located in the western part of the state. 
 
This coming year, as diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we hope to foster greater participation of our members in the many activities that MRS supports. Every year, MRS is actively involved in legislative advocacy, brings membertogether to discuss statewide quality and safety concerns, and educates members and our patients about reimbursement issues and a variety of other topics. In addition to the Executive Committee meetings that take place monthly from September through June, MRS has multiple committees, all of which have variable time commitments. At the present time, the committee options include: ByLaws, Breast Imaging, Diversity, Electronic Communications, Fellowship, Judicial Affairs, Medical Physics Advisory, Membership, Nominating, Radiation Oncology, Subcommittee on Resident and Fellows, and Subspecialty Advisory Network. If you are interested in getting more involved in any of these committees, please email Ms. Lina Szymkowski, our chapter administrator, alszymkowski@mms.org by July 15, 2021.
 
Advocacy will continue to be an important role for the society in 20212022. At the statlevel, MRS leadership sponsored a bill on mandating firstdollar insurance coverage for digital breast tomosynthesis, highrisk screening breast MRI, and diagnostic breast imaging (SD1757 and HD2300). If this bill passes, the law will permit eligible women to undergo these imaging exams without any copay or deductible, thereby eliminating currently existing financial barriers to access. Other legislative topics that will remain at the forefront center on outofnetwork billing and scope of practice. At the federal level, MRS Councilors attending the ACR annual meeting virtually lobbied on three main areas including improved access to mental health for physicians, appropriate use of advanced imaging, and mitigation of Medicare physician payment cuts for 2022.
 
Education will remain at the forefront as well. Our Quality Council will continue to hold bimonthly sessions. In 20202021, programming discussed how to implement an effectivpeer learning programs, how institutions and practices responded to COVID19, and how to be prepared for imminent cyberattack threats. Members of the Breast Imaging, Diversity and Resident and Fellow Section committees are currently planning a health equity symposium for Fall 2021 so please look out for further information about this event in the near future. Iaddition, the Resident and Fellow section will once again offer a call prep session and careepanel for current trainees.
 
Finally, the ACR annual meeting will be held in Washington DC from April 24-28, 2022. We also look forward to holding our annual business meeting on March 9, 2022. Despite being virtual this past year, 111 MRS members gained insight into how corporatization, consolidation and oligopoly impact radiology practice. The tentative topic for 2022 will focus on environmental sustainability in radiology.
 
In the meantime, I hope that you have a wonderful summer. The 2021-2022 year is certain to be yet another year where MRS will play an important role in ensuring that we can all provide the best care to our patients. Please join us!
 
With warmest regards,
 
Priscilla J. Slanetz MD MPH FACR FSBI FAAWR FAUR
2021-2022 President, Massachusetts Radiological Society