The bi-monthly journal continues to be rated the most valuable AHRA product, program, or service among members. It is peer reviewed by AHRA’s Editorial Review Board. A total of 66 articles were published between July 2016 and June 2017. And 11% of members and subscribers opt out of print to receive the digital edition only.
In March 2017, a special online issue, “ICD-10” was published, containing over 30 of Melody Mulaik’s ICD-10 columns published since 2011.
AHRA’s online newsletter averages 2,757 visits and 6,056 page views a month. The most popular content is the “Regulatory Review” series. A total of 147 articles were published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
The success of this textbook series continues. Development of subsequent editions is ongoing:
- Financial Management in Radiology, 2E
- Communication & Information Management in Radiology, 2E
- Human Resource Management in Radiology, 2E
- Asset Management in Radiology
- Operations Management in Radiology
Each book has a coordinating free exam in the Online Institute that has been approved for ARRT Category A CE credit.
The AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee has kept AHRA members up-to-date on important issues through webinars, conference presentations, a regulatory news web page, emails, and articles. Notably, in 2016-17, the biggest regulatory issues AHRA members have been facing are clinical decision support, site neutral payments, and the CR/DR transition.
The committee works to educate government entities on how regulations may impact members, their facilities, and their patients and submits formal comments on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rules.
In December 2016, the committee was invited to meet with CMS staffers about clinical decision support and share concerns around the proposed timeline for implementation. The committee continues to advocate on behalf of members while collaborating with other industry stakeholders.
The Virtual CRA Exam Workshop is delivered via a series of pre-recorded webinars by seasoned presenters. It covers each domain, or subject area, in the exam: Fiscal Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Asset Management, and Test Taking Tips and Communication & Information Management. As of July 2017, there have been 119 course participants.
The Virtual Basic Management Skills course brings our popular Basic Management track from our in-person conferences to anyone, anywhere, any time. The 13 pre-recorded presentations are delivered by seasoned presenters, covering important managerial areas such as budgeting, communication, marketing, patient satisfaction, and more. As of July 2017, there have been 68 course participants.
The Online Institute contains dozens of courses updated on a regular basis, including archived webinars and conference sessions. The most accessed are:
24 FREE exams based on the most recent Radiology Management articles. Between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, a total of 12,481 exams were taken.
107 FREE exams based on chapters from the AHRA Professional Development Series. Between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, a total of 856 exams were taken.
This program evaluates and grants ARRT Category A CE credit to qualified education tools.
Number of submissions between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017: 988
There were an additional 426 reviews for AHRA and Institutional Providers.
MICI is a quarterly index calculated based on the input of US hospital imaging directors and managers who complete the same online survey about their perceptions of macro trends in medical imaging (cost, revenue, operation). Data has been tracked since 2011.
AHRA upgraded its website in early 2017. In addition to the user-friendly facelift, the performance of the website has also increased with higher speeds, and the domain name is now www.ahra.org.
The AHRA Career Center was launched in April 2017. As part of the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), the AHRA Career Center joins members with an extensive network of jobs and candidates from hundreds of healthcare organizations and job boards. The National Healthcare Career Network’s (NHCN) career resources include services for resume writing, career coaching, and reference checking.