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February 15, 2001 Executive Committee Meeting

Present: Berlin, Dachman, Dillehay, Feinstein, Kalbhen, Melian, Pritchard, Racenstein, Ramsey, Smoron, Vijayakumar, Vyborny, Ward

The meeting was called to order by Dr. Ward at 4:10 p.m. in the Council Room of the Standard Club.

Secretary/Treasurer Report

The minutes of the January 18, 2001 meeting were approved as submitted. The financial reports of January 1-January 31, 2001 were reviewed. Income and expense items were as expected.

Resident Section Report

There were 37 attendees at the January Resident Physician Section. For this afternoon's session, Dr. Cynthia Rigsby has graciously volunteered to substitute for an unexpected speaker vacancy and will give a presentation on pediatric trauma.

Program Committee Report

The dates for the 2001-2002 CRS meetings will be as follows:

  • October 18, 2001

  • November 15, 2001

  • January 17, 2002

  • February 21, 2002

  • March 21, 2002

  • April 18, 2002

Dr. Harvey Neiman will be the season's first speaker and will discuss the state of the profession in October. Other scheduled speakers will include Dr. Mary Jensen, who will discuss vertebroplasty in November, and Dr. Etta Pisano, who will discuss digital mammography in March.

The radiology section of the CMS 2001 Midwest Clinical Conference will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2001. The topic is "Interventional Radiology."

Vendor Support Ad Hoc Committee

Talks regarding vendor support for future CRS meetings are ongoing.

Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee reported the slate for the 2001-2002 CRS Executive Committee: Dr. Michael Racenstein for Program Chairman/Vice President and Drs. Jay Korach and Margaret Stull for Trustees. Elections will be held at the April meeting.

Standard Club Contract Review

The Executive Committee voted to remain at the Standard Club next year. A subcommittee will be formed to explore other options for 2002-2003.

Illinois Radiological Society Report

The management change from ACR to RSNA has proceeded without difficulty so far.

Fellowship Committee Report

Applications for ACR fellowship will be accepted until July 1, 2001. Please contact Dr. Smoron for further details.

RSNA Report

Mr. Dave Fellers is the new Executive Director of the RSNA.

Medicare Fee Advisory Report

The 2001 fee changes primarily affect interventional radiology procedures.

Old Business

Underwriting for the purchase of an LCD projector is still being investigated. The IRS may provide some assistance.

The possibility of a CRS-sponsored CME meeting was raised. The many inherent difficulties with this type of endeavor were discussed, and the topic was deferred

Letters of appreciation were mailed to the Illinois Congressmen (Blagojevich, Davis, Gutierrez, LaHood, Lipinski, Rush, Schakowsky) who sponsored the formation of a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Causes and possible remedies for the traditionally low turnout for the February CRS meeting were discussed. No specific changes were recommended at this time.

New Business

The CMS and ISMS are looking for physicians willing to serve on committees.

Having no further business, the Executive Committee adjourned at 4:52 p.m..

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Kalbhen, M.D.
Trustee/Acting Secretary

Dinner was served to 50 people. While dessert was being served, Dr. Ward conducted a brief business meeting. She then introduced Diane Hayek, Manager of the ACR Department of Economics and Health Policy, who gave the lecture "Coding Issues in Diagnostic Radiology."

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