ACR coding, nomenclature chair named to AMA editorial panel

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has appointed Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, FACR, to its CPT Editorial Panel, the organization responsible for the maintenance of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) national code set. 

Duszak, who is also chair of the ACR’s Economics Committee on Coding & Nomenclature and the ACR’s CPT Advisor, is the fourth radiologist to occupy a seat on the CPT Editorial Panel since its creation in 1966.

The CPT Editorial Panel, appointed by the AMA’s board of trustees, is comprised of 17 members, including: 11 physicians nominated by the national medical specialty societies; one physician each nominated from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the America's Health Insurance Plans, the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; one Performance Measures representative, and two members of the CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee, the ACR said.

Duszak is actively involved with numerous coding publications, lectures, and courses. He is editor-in-chief of the AMA/ACR Clinical Examples in Radiology, associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), a reviewer of the ACR Radiology Coding Source, and previously served on the editorial boards of both Radiology and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

He is the ACR liaison to the Radiology Coding Certification Board, the organization responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the only radiology-specific coding certification examination. Duszak currently serves as a full-time diagnostic and interventional radiologist at Mid-South Imaging and Therapeutics in Memphis, Tenn.