Jan. 3, 2012

Question of the week
What method does your company use to code radiology procedures?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
How many regular (non-call) hours does each of your full-time radiologists work in a typical day?

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What can you expect in 2012 from RBMA?
RBMA members have much to look forward to in the year ahead. The 2012 Summit will be in Orlando, Fla., at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and the 2012 Fall Educational Conference will be in Chandler, Ariz., at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa — both popular RBMA destinations. RBMA will enhance the educational experience of attendees through the introduction of new technology. RBMA will continue to improve its surveys and report findings in more user-friendly and innovative ways. All of this is on top of the industry leading peer-to-peer networking, active Forums and outstanding customer service for which RBMA is famous.

If you have not done so already, be sure and renew your membership so you don't miss out on any of the 2012 benefits.

When practices with multiple members are renewing, please remember that the first member from a practice is the Active Member; all others are Additional Members. Renewal notices for practices with multiple members have been issued to the Active Member, with all additional group members listed. In order to keep our records consistent and for you to take full advantage of the $100 discount for Additional Members, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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Reserve your hotel room for Coding Academy Course today to receive special rate
RBMA has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at a special rate of $129 per night single or double occupancy. The special rate will be offered, based on availability, until Jan. 3, 2012. Please call the hotel directly at 972.313.2800 to make your reservation.

RBMA's Radiology Coding Academy sponsored by will bring you enhanced and expanded coding curriculum. The RBMA Radiology Coding Mechanics Course is taught by industry expert Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC. The RBMA Radiology Coding Review Course is taught by industry expert Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC.

Register Today!

Radiology Coding Mechanics Course, Jan. 25
Radiology Coding Review Course, Jan. 26
Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
2001 Valley View Lane
Irving, TX 75061

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Special hospital-based marketing track offered at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
A track of four courses focusing on marketing hospital-based practices will be offered a the upcoming RBMA marketing seminar. Don't miss:

Plus so much more! Register to attend today!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 18-20, 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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vRad offers scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with RBMA to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

vRad will award a $1,500 scholarship to RBMA members who have not attended an RBMA conference. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. Applicants must have been an RBMA member for at least two years.

vRad has expanded its offering to present a scholarship to RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs on March 18-20 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Scholarship applications will also be considered for the 2012 Radiology Summit. Submit your application by Jan. 13 and be sure and indicate which program you are interested in attending. Recipients for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will be announced on Feb. 3.

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Calendar of events
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IMAGINE Software holiday giving to help local children
IMAGINE Software
Technology Partners, Inc., (dba IMAGINE Software), a leading provider of medical billing solutions, is reaching out to provide a happier holiday to local children who might not otherwise receive one.More

MMP introduces revolutionary MMPact® technologies
Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a leading national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiology, introduces two technologies that will fundamentally change the way practices communicate, examine data and make strategic decisions: MMPact® Analytics, a decision support application that offers customized score boarding and real time data reporting capabilities; and MMPact® Practice Point, a practice management software with a collaborative platform.More

For struggling imaging centers, growing business begins with communication
Imaging Economics
Lately, every day seems to be a battle for radiology providers as they fight downward pricing, ACOs, aggressive hospitals entering the outpatient arena and the disappearance of referral sources via hospital employment. Eventually, all these negativities internalize into a catastrophic perspective and, when catastrophe is perceived, it is only human nature to react and respond with attention on the problem versus the solution. More

Unique ways to add value to your radiology practice
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
We are practicing radiology in an ever more competitive environment. There is a never-ending list of articles about teleradiology groups that are predatory or about how larger groups are forming and claiming market share. That pressure makes one ever more aware of what value a radiologist can offer that is unique. More

Vermont radiologists lobby against Medicaid pay cut
Imaging Biz
Vermont radiologists made their opinions known about a proposed 21 percent cut to Medicaid reimbursement, and the legislature lowered the reduction to just 2 percent. The Vermont Medical Society and a group of radiologists learned of the proposed changes in December with just eight days to comment. They successfully lobbied to receive a hearing and managed to voice their concerns.More

Top 12 healthcare buzzwords for 2012
Health Leaders Media
This year's crop of healthcare buzzwords and catchphrases includes a handful of terms that are really oxymorons. By oxymoron, of course, we mean one of the words or phrases in the expression contradicts the rest. But if you think about it, that's the very theme of health reform today.More

Report finds 'questionable' Medicare bills for portable x-ray
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A U.S. government investigation has discovered "questionable" billing patterns in portable x-ray services paid for by Medicare, with the federal government paying up to $20 million in unnecessary claims. Government inspectors have recommended stronger controls over Medicare payments for portable x-ray studies.More

HHS selects 32 providers as ACO pioneers
Health Imaging
Thirty-two healthcare organizations from across the country will participate in a new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations initiative made possible by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Pioneer ACO initiative will encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for Medicare patients and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.More

Medicare spending growth rising slower but enrollment will rise
The Washington Post
Throughout Medicare's 46-year-old history, monitoring the cost of the government health plan for the elderly has been a bit like the old joke: No one asked if spending would jump. They only asked how high. But in early 2010, the number crunchers at Medicare headquarters in Baltimore saw something surprising: a sharp drop in the volume of doctor visits and other outpatient services. More