Jan. 19, 2006 Executive Committee
Present: Drs. Abraham Dachman, Carl Kalbhen, Jay Korach,
Steven Zangan, Joe Carabetta, Edward Michals, Davide Bova, Leonard Bok,
Thomas Anderson, Kate Feinstein, Thomas Grant, Ruth Ramsey, Michael Racenstein,
William Small and Aruna Vade.
The meeting was called to order at 4:15 PM at The 500 Club of Rush University
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the November 16, 2005 meeting were approved.
RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
Dr. Zangan stated that tonight’s Resident Section speaker will be
Dr. Rita Agrawala from Storger Hospital of Cook County who will be giving
a presentation on “Emergency Medicine Cases”. Dr. Agrawala’s
session has been generously sponsored by Bracco Diagnostics for $500.
The number of Resident Delegates from Illinois allowed to attend the annual
ACR meeting will increase from three to six beginning with the 2006 meeting
in Washington, DC this May. Three of these delegates will come from the
CRS. If more CRS residents are interested in attending the ACR meeting,
it may be possible to get additional funding for them as well.
Dr. Dachman was happy to report that some local radiologists did take
part in the RSNA’s Career Day Program during the recent Chicago
meeting in December. He passed out information regarding a recent United
States Pharmacopeia (USP) study that claimed that medication errors in
radiology are seven times more harmful than errors in other areas of medicine.
The ACR has responded with a strong statement criticizing the study for
its poor methodology and failure to provide a context for the scope of
the described errors. All were in agreement with the ACR’s reaction
and comments. Because of a funding crisis, Stroger Hospital will no longer
be able to pay for their residents to attend CRS dinners. The possibility
of offering an inexpensive meal option – and subsequently charge
the residents less than the standard $50 CRS meeting fee – will
be explored in an effort to retain their attendance.
Dr. Kalbhen gave the Financial Report for November and December of 2005;
revenue and expense items were as expected, with the Society’s finances
remaining strong. He also reported that the RSNA has budgeted $1000 for
speaker sponsorship for both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 CRS seasons. A request
for sponsorship funds for the 2004-05 season has been submitted to the
RSNA. The revised By-Laws have been mailed out to the CRS membership (with
additional copies available at tonight’s meeting), with voting to
take place after tonight’s dinner.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD COMMITTEE REPORT:
The Distinguished Service Award Committee has selected Dr. Gregory Moss
to be this year’s recipient. Dr. Moss has had a long and distinguished
career in radiology, having been very active in the CRS, ACR and RADPAC,
among many other accomplishments. He is also a past-President of the CRS.
He has accepted the nomination and wishes to be presented with the award
at the April 2006 CRS meeting.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
The Nominating Committee is actively working on a recommended slate of
officers for the 2006-07 season and will soon report back to the Executive
Committee with their selections.
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Korach gave the list of Breakout Session speakers for tonight’s
meeting. Dr. Thomas Grant will moderate for Multimodality, Dr. Matthew
Walker for Neuroradiology, Dr. Kate Feinstein for Pediatric Radiology,
Dr. Ellen Mendelson for Breast Imaging and Dr. Adam Dickler for Radiation
Oncology. Tonight’s Featured Speaker will be Dr. Frank Miller from
Northwestern University. Dr. James Provenzale from Duke University has
graciously accepted an invitation to be the Featured Speaker for the April
2006 meeting, replacing Dr. Anne Osborn who unfortunately had to cancel.
Dr. Provenzale’s lecture topic has not yet been finalized but will
likely encompass some aspect of brain MR imaging. Dr. Korach is actively
working on the program for the 2006-07 season.
ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT:
Dr. Racenstein reminded everyone about the combined IRS/CRS/CIRS Annual
Meeting and Breast Symposium to take place Thursday and Friday, March
16 and 17, 2006 at the Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center at Northwestern
University, with the exception of the Thursday evening portion of the
program which will take place at the nearby Wyndam Hotel. No CRS functions
will take place at Rush University in March.
In an effort to further increase resident attendance at CRS meetings,
the possibility of altering the meeting schedule to include a Board Review
Session following the Featured Speaker presentation was discussed and
will be further explored.
Dr. Ramsey reported that she has contacted Mr. Robert Bennett with CMS
regarding the possibility of altering Medicare rules to allow the remote
monitoring of Medicare patients undergoing imaging. The current regulations
require on site patient monitoring. She has not yet heard back from Mr.
The CPT code for 2D CT reformations has been cancelled as of January
2006, and radiologists can no longer bill for this service. A code for
3D reformations still exists.
Because of HIPPA rules, patient Social Security numbers can no longer
be used as a medical record number.
The possibility of offering CME at CRS meetings was again discussed as
a way to increase attendance. This will be investigated prior to the next
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM.
Carl Kalbhen, MD
Dinner was served to 69 people. Following dinner, a short business meeting
was held. The membership voted on the proposed revisions to the CRS By-Laws,
and the revised By-Laws were accepted and will be immediately incorporated.
Dr. Jay Korach then introduced Dr. Frank Miller who gave a talk entitled
“New Advances in Abdominal MRI”.