Impact of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Academic Radiology Departments' Clinical, Research, and Education Missions

Bahar Mansoori, Lorenna L. Vidal, Kimberly Applegate, James V Rawson, Ronald D. Novak, Pablo R. Ros

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) generated significant media attention since its inception. When the law was approved in 2010, the U.S. health care system began facing multiple changes to adapt and to incorporate measures to meet the new requirements. These mandatory changes will be challenging for academic radiology departments (ARDs) since they will need to promote a shift from a volume-focused to a value-focused practice. This will affect all components of the mission of ARDs, including clinical practice, education, and research. A unique key element to success in this transition is to focus on both quality and safety, thus improving the value of radiology in the post-ACA era. Given the changes ARDs will face during the implementation of ACA, suggestions are provided on how to adapt ARDs to this new environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1217
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013



  • Academic radiology departments
  • Clinical practice
  • Education
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Quality
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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