2012 AAPM Annual Meeting
Per Halvorsen, Alliance Imaging/Alliance Oncology, Newton, MA, 02461, United States
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Recent coverage in the mainstream media has brought significant attention to the uses of ionizing radiation in medicine. This is not a transient concern, however. Many factors are contributing to this trend, in addition to the general public’s concern: ASTRO, ACR and AAPM have advocated clear practice guidelines and mandatory accreditation of all clinical programs in imaging and radiation therapy; payers’ requirements and/or assumptions about physicist support for billable procedures, including physicist credentials and supervision; ASTRO’s White Paper series on patient safety, which have included a significant focus on staffing; and some states’ requirements for external audits of clinical programs.
At the end of this presentation, participants will:
1. Understand the convergence of external factors that are driving the trend toward minimum practice standards, including CMS assumptions about physicist supervision of certain procedures;
2. Understand the effect of this trend in imaging, particularly the impact on community clinics and consulting physicists; and
3. Understand the impact in radiation oncology, particularly on free-standing and small community centers.
4. Understand the AAPM’s multi-faceted approach to ensuring that medical physicists can shape the future of clinical medical physics practice.