The 2019-2020 term has been a year full of challenges for the AHRA, through the cancellation of the Spring Meeting and moving the Annual Meeting to a virtual setting. But we hope that as you read through this Annual Report you will see the great range of programs, products, and services that your professional association provides for its members. We are grateful to have such a talented, committed, and professional staff, but it is clear the driving force behind all this activity is the time and energy devoted by hundreds of our member volunteers. AHRA is a volunteer-driven organization, so it is remarkable to realize that all this has been accomplished by our members from all over the country. Design Teams, committees, task forces, and individuals have devoted much time and energy to produce these results on your behalf, and we express our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts.
Some highlights of the year:
- Our membership has remained consistent while we transition to a calendar year membership.
- Our Regulatory Affairs Committee has remained aggressively active representing our members’ interests with CMS and other regulatory agencies. We have taken a leading role in working cooperatively with other organizations to develop reasonable guidelines for the implementation of Appropriate Use Criteria and Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms.
- Our Education Foundation continues to look for corporate partnerships to enable the continued efforts to provide scholarships and funding of various programs. Vendor partners place great emphasis on a high level of member engagement in the foundation. I am pleased to report that the membership continues to increase their support year after year. If you are a donating member, we thank you! Our vendor partners are a source of knowledge on new technology, market trends, and process improvement that help to keep our members on the leading edge of their profession.
- The Education Foundation created the Imaging Innovation Council that will serve as a resource for industry and AHRA thought leaders to work together in providing value to members as the world of imaging evolves.
- The number of CRAs continues to grow. The credential is a statement of professional competence and commitment, and we applaud the over 1100 active members who have attained it. CRA is becoming a requirement in medical imaging job descriptions across the country.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge AHRA’s Board of Directors for their leadership of our association. These women and men have committed many hours to ensuring our strategic direction remains relevant and attractive to our members, and provide careful oversight of our operations. And, true to AHRA’s wonderful culture, working with them has been very enjoyable, as we have developed lifelong friendships.
Please take some time to review this report, find a way to be engaged, and continue to make AHRA a great organization!