Below are some of the issues
discussed at our recent bimonthly RSNJ meetings:
1. Breast radioactive seed
localization is a new program, which many hospitals have started.
Currently, the Department of Environmental Services only allows
radiation oncologists to perform the procedure and RSNJ would like to
work on changing the statute to have mammographers also do this
2. Screening “walk-in”
mammograms do not need a prescription. As a radiologist, you can legally
order a follow up study. However, insurance companies may not
necessarily cover the study if it is ordered by the radiologist.
3. RSNJ is working with the
Department of Health to introduce a pilot study utilizing ACR Select.
4. The state of NJ is
opposed to a law allowing doctors to see and treat patients remotely
through telemedicine. Radiologists need a NJ license to generate a final
report and you need to be physically within the tristate/Medicare zone
to finalize reports for Medicare patients.
5. A law called “Claudia’s
law” which was proposed over a year ago and would require radiologists
to let their patients know if they have an abnormal chest xray is still
6. The RSNJ legislator
mentioned that they will attempt to decrease the ambulatory care tax.
Click here for an editorial that the RSNJ prepared regarding the ACF
tax which came out in the NJ Star Ledger recently.
Radiology residents are an important priority
of both the Radiological Society of New
Jersey and the American College of Radiology. They represent the future of both the
specialty and our respective societies and it is from their ranks that tomorrow's leaders
will emerge. All radiology residents are automatically accorded membership in both the
RSNJ and ACR free of charge in order to foster lifelong membership. Currently there are
over 100 resident (junior) members of the RSNJ. Residents, attending radiologists and
radiation oncologist members of the RSNJ and ACR enjoy many significant
benefits which are promoted on this website.
The RSNJ through the Educational Committee
sponsors eight lectures a year, covering a variety of current topics in Radiology. Once a
year, the RSNJ also sponsors a continuing Medical Education Symposium in a subspecialty
area, which is free for members of the RFS. This meeting, planned in conjunction with the
Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, occurs during a weekend in the Fall. Past topics have
included: MRI, Breast Imaging, and Ultrasound. A complete list of these activities with
topics, dates, times, and locations can be found elsewhere on this site under the Activities section.
In addition to the Educational activities
discussed above, the RSNJ maintains a list of job opportunities to aid graduating
residents in finding employment. A similar listing is available on a nationwide basis
through the ACR.
Other important functions of the RSNJ are to:
1. promote quality
radiological services for patients in New Jersey
2. maintain high
ethical standards in the practice of radiology
3. represent the
radiological community with respect to regulatory, legislative, and
health issues that arise in the state.
These issues are discussed at the RSNJ
Executive Committee each month. A semi-annual meeting in November and an annual meeting in
April are held for the general membership. Both feature a review of recent chapter events,
a detailed legal/legislative report, and a guest speaker on relevant socioeconomic issues.
Detailed monthly reports written by the President and our attorney, John Fanburg are
posted under the Membership section of the RSNJ website. Access to some sections of the
website is limited to RSNJ members only; the password can be obtained by contacting the
RSNJ Executive Director.