May 2004

Meeting on 05/26/04
at BWH, Radiology Conference Room

In attendance:

Meghan Blake, Seth Hardy, Sanjay Shetty, Josh Rosebrook, Tara Lawrimore, Becky Benz, Juan Small, Eric Handley, Bruce Stewart, Jeremy Schiller, Matthew Schenker, Maryellen Sun

Items:

  1. ACR Debrief
  2. Legislative Update
  3. Officer Position Responsibilities
  4. Membership Initiatives: Summer Gathering
  5. Web site Update
  6. Meeting Times and Format
  7. Next Meeting

I. ACR Debrief: Sanjay Shetty
Sanjay debriefed the group regarding the most recent ACR meeting in Washington DC. Through the use of a Powerpoint presentation, Sanjay detailed the three largest issues at the top of the current ACR agenda:

  1. 1. Physician Self Referral,
  2. Medical Liability Reform, and
  3. Declining Reimbursements.

Other issues he included were International Teleradiology, Physician Extenders and MR Education. Sanjay hopes to make his presentation available for educational use.

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II. Legislative Update: Juan Small
Juan showed several slides summarizing the increasing cost of premiums for medical malpractice in Massachusetts, particularly for radiologists. He also discussed the 2004 Physician Workforce Study which outlines several new initiatives including establishing lower pre-judgment interest rates, new expert witness qualifications, and establishing a provision to study the formation of a medical court.

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III. Officer Position Responsibilities: Josh Rosebrook
Josh outlined the various responsibilities of the officers, including the vice president representatives of each hospital whose role is to hopefully increase membership and involvement in the organization.

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IV. Membership Initiatives: Summer Gathering
Over the last 3-4 years, the August Summer Recruitment Gathering has been held at “The Rack,” which some members have felt has been overcrowded, noisy and impersonable. Members proposed other venues including a possible gathering at a HMS site in the Longwood area, which Juan will look into further. The overall budget for the event is approx. $2000, with an expected attendance of 60-70. Other venues discussed were Jillian’s on Landsdowne Street and the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. The possibility of holding the event at a location with a sit-down dinner was also proposed, as well as holding an event following the ARRS meeting on Friday afternoons.

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V. Web site Update
Gregg Miller will provide a web site update at the next meeting.

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VI. Meeting Times and Format: Josh Rosebrook
Meetings will be held during the last Wednesday of every month. An agenda will be distributed before each meeting. The location will alternate between the Radiology Conference Room at BWH, and the Robbins A Room at MGH.

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VII. Next Meeting: Josh Rosebrook
The next meeting will be held in the MGH Robbins A room on June 30th 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

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Respectfully submitted by
Bruce Stewart
Secretary

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