Happy New Year from the Arizona Radiological Society (ARS) and welcome to 2020. Our goal for this brief newsletter is to illuminate what the ARS is doing throughout the year and encourage participation from radiologists around the state.

Below is a quick list highlighting upcoming events and goals for the ARS in 2020:
ACR 2020 is happening this May! Please join us in Washington D.C.
The first 2020 quarterly executive meeting will be held this March. We will be discussing plans for our visit to Capitol Hill in May, including pertinent legislation affecting our field such as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and Surprise Billing.
We are currently submitting Chapter Recognition Awards to the ACR for the annual meeting and hope to highlight the great work our state chapter has been doing over the past year.
The Arizona Radiological Society is available online through the ARS website (azradiology.net) or through social media on Facebook (@arizonaradiologicalsociety) and twitter (@AZradiology).

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join the ACR. Top accomplishments of the ACR in 2019 include:
Ensured physician priorities were considered and included in several of the prominent Surprise Billing legislative bills debated in Congress
Successfully opposed continued legislative efforts to weaken or repeal the appropriate use criteria provisions included in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Launched the ACR AI-LAB™ to enable radiologists to evaluate and create artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms at their own institutions, and facilitated development and publication of the international and multisociety Statement on Ethics of AI in Radiology to set expectations and provide guidance on AI in radiology
Offered 50+ courses across 19 topic areas at the ACR Education Center, catering to nearly 1,700 attendees

Please stay tuned for future emails and updates from the ARS. If you have any questions or would like to become more involved, please visit us online or email Linda DiBiase at LDiBiase@azmed.org.

Thank you,
The Arizona Radiological Society

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