2019NoninterpretiveSkillsStudy GuideThis study guide is to be used in preparation for all Diagnostic Radiology Core andCertifying examinations administered during calendar year 2019.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.iiiChapter 1. Core Elements of Professionalism.11.1 ABIM Physician Charter for Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium. 11.2 Ethical Considerations Specific to Radiology. 2Chapter 2. Core Concepts of Quality and Safety.42.1 Core Concepts of Quality. 42.1.1 Introduction to Quality. 22.214.171.124 Quality as a Discipline. 126.96.36.199 2001 Institute of Medicine Report, Crossing the Quality Chasm. 188.8.131.52 Core Competencies of the ABMS and ACGME. 52.2 Core Concepts of Safety. 184.108.40.206 2000 Institute of Medicine Report, To Err is Human. 62.2.2 2015 Institute of Medicine Report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. 62.2.3 Human Factors. 72.2.4 Human Error. 92.2.5 Culture of Safety. 9Chapter 3. Practical Quality and Safety Applications in Healthcare.123.1 Practical Quality Applications in Healthcare. 220.127.116.11 Daily Management Systems. 18.104.22.168 Project-based Improvement Methods. 133.2 Practical Safety Applications in Healthcare. 22.214.171.124 Periprocedural Care. 126.96.36.199 Hand Hygiene. 188.8.131.52 Root Cause Analysis. 20Chapter 4. Practical Safety Applications in Radiology.214.1 MR Safety. 214.1.1 Zoning and Screening. 184.108.40.206 Intracranial Aneurysm Clips and Pacemakers. 220.127.116.11 MR and Pregnancy. 224.1.4 MR-induced Burns. 18.104.22.168 Quenching. 23.4.2 Management of Intravascular Contrast Media. 22.214.171.124 Iodinated Contrast Media. 126.96.36.199 Gadolinium-based Contrast Media (GBCM) . 188.8.131.52 Treatment of Acute Contrast Reactions . 31Chapter 5. Reimbursement, Regulatory Compliance, and Legal Considerations in Radiology.32.5.1 Reimbursement and Regulatory Compliance. 325.1.1 Coding, Billing, and Reimbursement. 184.108.40.206 Patient Privacy and HIPAA. 220.127.116.11 Human Subjects Research. 35.5.2 Malpractice and Risk Management. 18.104.22.168 General Principles of Malpractice. 22.214.171.124 Malpractice Related to Diagnostic Errors. 126.96.36.199 Malpractice Related to Procedural Complications. 188.8.131.52 Malpractice Related to Communications Deficiencies. 184.108.40.206 Discoverability of Communications. 392019 Noninterpretive Skills Study Guidei
Table of Contents, continuedChapter 6. Core Concepts of Imaging Informatics.416.1 Standards. 416.2 The Reading Room Environment. 426.3 From Order to Report: Workflow Considerations. 42.6.4 Data Privacy and Security. 43.6.5 Image Post-processing. 432019 Noninterpretive Skills Study Guideii
IntroductionThis study guide has been created to assist examinees in preparing for the noninterpretive skills (NIS) section ofthe American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core and Certifying examinations administered between January 1 –December 31, 2018.The guide has undergone a few minor changes compared to the 2018 version, which was significantly revised compared to earlier versions, reflecting changes in NIS content on the examinations. The primary change in this studyguide is the addition of Core Concepts of Imaging Informatics. Details of contrast safety and MR safety have alsobeen updated, reflecting new published findings.The determination of whether specific NIS topics merit inclusion in the study guide—and on the examinations—isbased primarily on two factors. First, material contained in the NIS section should reflect knowledge that is neededto perform effectively in a modern radiology practice. Second, the public interest should be served by expectingthe examinee to know the material.Core Elements of Professionalism were deemed to merit inclusion because they reflect basic principles to which allphysicians, including radiologists, should adhere. Core Concepts of Quality and Safety were included because theyreflect underlying principles that drive quality and safety in any complex environment. Practical Quality and SafetyApplications in Healthcare contain quality and safety strategies as they are applied to healthcare. Practical SafetyApplications in Radiology focus on radiology-specific topics such as MR safety and management of intravenouscontrast material. Reimbursement, Regulatory Compliance, and Legal Considerations in Radiology reflect mechanisms that external parties use to ensure quality and safety in radiology practice.The guide covers the majority of general conceptual and practical NIS information contained in the Core andCertifying examinations. However, questions on important subspecialty-specific quality and safety knowledge andskills are also included on the examinations that are not included in this guide, especially those related to nuclearmedicine and other procedure-based specialties. Examinees should be knowledgeable in basic quality and safetypractices relevant to all subspecialties regardless of whether they are included in this study guide. Physics topics, including radiation safety, remain on the examination but are no longer included in the NIS section. Contentrelated to research methodology and Bayesian statistics, included in previous versions, has been removed from thestudy guide and the examinations.Examinees are expected to understand general NIS concepts rather than esoteric details. For example, examineesshould understand the basics elements of regulatory requirements commonly found in radiology practice, as wellas their underlying purpose. Less emphasis is placed on more superficial details, such as the names of the variousregulatory agencies.It is expected that this study guide will continue to evolve in future years to reflect continuing changes in the noninterpretive knowledge and skills needed to practice effectively in a modern radiology practice.We also draw your attention to the references provided at the end of each chapter. We recommend that you consult these “deeper” resources, which provide perspective and depth of understanding of the concepts that are onlysuperficially outlined in this study guide.2019 Noninterpretive Skills Study Guideiii
1Core Elements of Professionalism1.1 ABIM Physician Charter for MedicalProfessionalism in the New MillenniumMerriam-Webster defines a profession as “a callingrequiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.” Professionalism, definedas “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize ormark a profession or a professional person,” has beencharacterized as the basis of medicine’s contract withsociety.Several fundamental principles and physician responsibilities that apply to all professionals in medicine havebeen specified in a Physician Charter supported by theAmerican Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Tenprofessional responsibilities support the following threefundamental principles of medical professionalism:1. Principle of primacy of patient welfare.Physicians must be dedicated to serving theinterest of the patient. Trust is central to thephysician-patient relationship, which mustnot be compromised by market forces, societalpressures, or administrative exigencies.2. Principle of patient autonomy. Physiciansmust be honest with their patients andempower them to make informed decisionsabout their treatment. Patients’ decisions abouttheir care must be paramount, as long as theyare in keeping with ethical practice and do notlead to demands for inappropriate care.3. Principle of social justice. The medicalprofession must promote the fair distributionof healthcare resources. Physicians shouldwork actively to eliminate discrimination inhealthcare.The 10 professional responsibilities are summarizedbelow:1. Commitment to professional competence.Physicians must be committed to lifelonglearning of medical knowledge and teamCore Elements of Professionalismskills necessary for the provision of qualitycare. More broadly, the profession as a wholemust strive to see that all of its members arecompetent and must ensure that appropriatemechanisms are available for physicians toaccomplish this goal.2. Commitment to honesty with patients.Physicians must ensure that patients arecompletely and honestly informed beforethe patient has consented to treatmentand after treatment has occurred. Medicalerrors should be communicated promptlyto patients whenever injury has occurred.Physicians should be committed to reportingand analyzing medical mistakes to developappropriate prevention and improvementstrategies.3. Commitment to patient confidentiality.Physicians are responsible for safeguardingpatient information. Fulfilling this commitmentis more pressing now than ever before, giventhe widespread use of electronic informationsystems. However, considerations of publicinterest may occasionally override thiscommitment, such as when patients endangerothers.4. Commitment to maintaining appropriaterelations with patients. Given the inherentvulnerability and dependency of patients,certain relationships between physiciansand patients must be avoided. In particular,physicians should never exploit patients for anysexual advantage, personal financial gain, orother private purpose.5. Commitment to improving quality of care.Physicians should not only maintain clinicalcompetence, but should work collaborativelywith other professionals to continuouslyimprove the quality of healthcare, includingreducing medical errors, increasing patientsafety, improving utilization of healthcareresources, and optimizing outcomes of care.1
6. Commitment to improving access to care.Physicians should work individually andcollectively toward providing a uniform andadequate standard of care and reducing barriersto equitable healthcare. These barriers may bebased on education, laws, finances, geography,or social discrimination. This commitmententails the promotion of public health andpreventive medicine, without promotion of theself-interest of the physician or the profession.7. Commitment to a just distribution of finiteresources. To provide cost-effective healthcare, physicians should work with otherphysicians, hospitals, and payers to developevidence-based guidelines for effective useof healthcare resources. This includes thescrupulous avoidance of superfluous tests andprocedures to reduce patient exposure to harm,decrease health expenses, and improve accessto resources for patients who need them.8. Commitment to scientific knowledge.Physicians should uphold scientific standards,promote research, and create new medicalknowledge and ensure its appropriate use. Theintegrity of this knowledge is based on scientificevidence and physician experience.9. Commitment to maintaining trust bymanaging conflicts of interest. Medicalprofessionals and organizations cancompromise their professional responsibilitiesby pursuing private gain or personal advantage,especially through interactions with for-profitcompanies. Physicians have an obligationto recognize, disclose to the general public,and deal with conflicts of interest that arisein the course of their professional duties andactivities. Relationships between industry andopinion leaders should be disclosed, especiallywhen physicians are determining criteria forconducting and reporting clinical trials, writingeditorials or therapeutic guidelines, or servingas editors of scientific journals.10. Commitment to professional responsibilities.Physicians have both individual and collectiveobligations to work collaboratively to maximizepatient care, be respectful of one another, andparticipate in the processes of self-regulation,including remediation and discipline ofmembers who have failed to meet professionalCore Elements of Professionalismstandards. The profession should also defineand organize the educational and standardsetting process for current and future members.These obligations include engaging in internalassessment and accepting external scrutiny ofall aspects of their professional performance.1.2 Ethical Considerations Specific to RadiologyThe ABIM professional responsibilities largely overlapwith the Code of Ethics as described in the AmericanCollege of Radiology (ACR) Bylaws. However, severalprinciples and rules of ethics apply specifically to thefield of radiology, as stated by the ACR.1. Professional limitations. The Bylaws state thatradiologists should be aware of their limitationsand to seek consultations in clinical situationswhere appropriate. Any limitations should beappropriately disclosed to patients and referringphysicians.2. Reporting of illegal or unethical conduct.To safeguard the public and the professionagainst physicians deficient in moral characteror professional competence, radiologists areexpected to report any perceived illegal orunethical conduct of medical professionals tothe appropriate governing body.3. Report signature. Radiologists should not signa report or claim attribution of an imagingstudy interpretation that was rendered byanother physician, making the reader of areport believe that the signing radiologist wasthe interpreter.4. Participation in quality and safety activities.Radiologists who actively interpret imagesshould participate in quality assurance,technology assessment, utilization review, andother matters of policy that affect the qualityand safety of care.5. Self-referral. Referring patients to healthcarefacilities in which radiologists have a financialinterest is not in the best interest of patients andmay violate the Rules of Ethics.6. Harassment. Radiologists are expected to relateto other members of the healthcare team withmutual respect and refrain from harassment orunfair discriminatory behavior.2
7. Undue influence. Radiologists should seek toensure that the system of healthcare delivery inwhich they practice does not unduly influencethe selection and performance of appropriateavailable imaging studies or therapeuticprocedures.8. Agreements for provision of high-qualitycare. Radiologists should not enter into anagreement that prohibits the provision ofmedically necessary care or that requires care atbelow acceptable standards.9. Misleading billing arrangements. Radiologistsshould not participate in billing arrangementsthat mislead patients or payers concerning thefees charged.10. Expert medical testimony. Radiologists shouldexercise extreme caution to ensure that thetestimony provided is nonpartisan, scientificallycorrect, and clinically accurate. Compensationthat is contingent upon the outcome oflitigation is unacceptable.12. Plagiarism. Claiming others’ intellectualproperty as one’s own is unethical. This includesplagiarism or the use of others’ work withoutattribution.13. Misleading publicizing. Radiologists shouldnot publicize themselve
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