A Value-Based Proposition

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By Mark W. Steffen, CRA, FAHRA

June 2013—The Radiology Administration Certification Commission continues to brainstorm effective ways to make the CRA designation more valuable to the membership base.  During our May conference call, we set a goal of achieving CRA certification of 20% of the entire AHRA membership by June 2014.  That amounts to getting about 154 more CRAs in the next year, so help us reach this goal by signing up for the exam today.

We have started posting on social media, with groups now on LinkedIn and Facebook. We are currently at 88 members on LinkedIn and 154 “likes” on Facebook.  If you have accounts on either or both, please join the CRA groups if you haven’t already!  Also expect to see CRA mini-surveys coming to your inbox soon; it’s a fun way to get to know our fellow CRAs!

At the AHRA Spring Conference in Los Angeles, I hosted a breakfast for CRAs and future CRAs prior to the start of the day’s conference schedule.  We had over 25 members show up for breakfast and fellowship.  We also will be having additional CRA events at the upcoming AHRA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis and at the Fall Conference in Baltimore.

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In Minneapolis, Kimlyn Queen, Chair of the RACC, will team up with AHRA’s Marketing Director, Mike Suddendorf on Sunday, July 28 to present a 90 minute session, “Make Your CRA Work for You! Tips to Maximize and Leverage Your CRA Credential” (note: you must be registered for the Annual Meeting to attend this session). There will also be a CRA Reception on Monday, July 29 at 6:15 pm in the Seasons Room at the Minneapolis Convention Center. All CRAs and CRA-Retireds are invited to attend. Please RSVP by filling out the form here.

The RACC is currently finalizing the event details for the Fall Conference – stay tuned for details in the coming months.

Finally, I would like to congratulate everyone who took the CRA exam in the month of May! We’ll be publishing a list of the newest CRAs in a future issue of Link.

See you in Minneapolis!

Mark W. Steffen, CRA, FAHRA is the director of radiology services at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. He can be reached at mark.steffen@advocatehealth.com.

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