Nov. 17, 2004 Executive Committee
Present: Drs. Edward Melian, Abraham Dachman, Carl Kalbhen,
Nandita Guha-Thakura, Jay Korach, Margaret Stull, Edward Michals, Davide
Bova, Thomas Anderson, Kate Feinstein, Harold Lasky, Richard Mintzer,
Michael Racenstein and Ruth Ramsey.
The meeting was called to order at 4:20 PM at The 500 Club of Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke’s Medical Center.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT/APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the October 21, 2004 meeting were approved after minor
RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
Dr. Guha-Thakurta stated that tonight’s Resident Section will be
given by Dr. Hector Ferral, who will speak on “Interventional Cases
For Boards Review”. This session will be sponsored by W. L. Gore
for $500, and W. L. Gore will be acknowledged during the dinner for their
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Dachman gave the list of speakers for tonight’s Breakout Sessions.
Last month marked the first meeting in which five, rather than the usual
four, Breakout Sessions were held. The Mammography Session was to be held
in the Board Room, geographically separate from the other Breakout Session
rooms. Because of poor attendance, the moderators, Drs. Schmidt and Newstead,
decided not to give the session. As the Mammography Breakout Sessions
have been very well attended in the past, possible reasons for this poor
attendance include suboptimal room location and dilution of attendees
(the 71 people who attended the meeting had five Breakout Sessions from
which to choose). As five sessions are also scheduled for the February
2005 meeting and will require the same room arrangement, Drs. Dachman
and Melian will speak with Dr. Newstead regarding her wishes for that
meeting. Dr. Marnix T. van Holsbeeck will be the Featured Speaker for
tonight’s Scientific Session. Dr. Dachman has begun work on the
speaker schedule for the 2005-2006 CRS season. As occurs tonight, the
November 2005 meeting will also be held on a Wednesday because of a yearly
500 Club commitment on the third Thursday of November.
ILLINOIS RADIOLOGY SOCIETY REPORT:
Dr. Mintzer was happy to announce that the 2005 ACR Annual Meeting in
Washington, DC will take place from April 9-14, not over Mothers’
Day weekend as have the previous several meetings. This should encourage
attendance for those ACR members who are, have or are married to mothers.
Drs. Minzer and Dachman discussed the controversies involved with reimbursement
of virtual colonoscopy (VC). It is difficult to get reimbursed for screening
VC examinations, but diagnostic studies (eg, failed colonoscopy, poor
colonoscopy candidate) are often reimbursed with the use of standard Category
I CPT codes (eg, CT abdomen/pelvis with reconstruction). However, it has
been recommended by some, including the ACR, that VC be billed using the
Category III CPT codes which are issued for emerging technologies. By
using these Category III codes, the government and other agencies can
collect data on how many VC examinations are being done, but their use
also makes it difficult - if not impossible - for radiologists and their
institutions to be reimbursed. The logistic and ethical issues involved
were discussed at some length, and an ad hoc committee may be formed in
the future to discuss these issues with insurance carriers, particularly
Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
GOLF OUTING REPORT:
Dr. Mintzer reported that the possibility of combining the CRS Golf Outing
with the IRS Educational Symposium has been investigated and is feasible.
Unfortunately, there is not enough planning time available to organize
such an event for 2005. Because of this and the continuing yearly decrease
in radiologist attendance at the Golf Outing, it was decided to not have
a CRS Golf Outing in 2005. For 2006, the possibility of restarting the
Golf Outing, with or without a concurrent IRS Educational Symposium, will
Dr. Kalbhen reported that the Society’s finances remain strong and
are nearly $20,000 above last year’s levels at this time. However,
some of this is the result of the fact that the Society has yet to be
billed by Rush for dinner or audiovisual services for the October meeting.
It was suggested to Dr. Kalbhen that the dinner reservation process could
perhaps become paperless. There are several teaching institutions that
have written sign-up sheets for the dinners that they prefer to fax. This
will be discussed with the individual institutions over the course of
this CRS season, as dinner reservations made by email should be simpler
and less prone to error or loss.
Dr. Kalbhen reported that the individual email addresses have been removed
from the website, with only a general information address ([email protected])
now present. The website hosting services have been renewed for the next
five years. There are currently logos and links to two corporate sponsors
on the website because of past financial support of the CRS Golf Outing.
Dr. Kalbhen will contact these sponsors to see if they wish to continue
their CRS sponsorship and presence on the website.
An article published in the Wall Street Journal on 11/16/04 gave
recommendations on screening examinations and stated that VC “may
Dr. Lasky brought up the topic of offering CME credit at CRS meetings,
and past difficulties with attempting this were discussed. As the Chicago
Medical Society (CMS) granted CME credit for the recent IRS Educational
Symposium, Mr. Merle Hedland will be contacted about the possibility of
a similar arrangement being made with the CMS for CME at CRS meetings.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 PM.
Carl Kalbhen, MD
Dinner was served to 81 people. Following dinner and a short business
meeting, Dr. Thomas Grant introduced Dr. Marnix van Holsbeeck who gave
a talk entitled, “A Dynamic Approach to Rotator Cuff Disease”.