RadCast
Jan. 8, 2013

Question of the week
RBMA
Does a member of your radiology group sit on the board of directors/trustees or the medical staff/physician board of any hospital for which you provide professional services?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
In 2013, do you plan to give your non-physician staff merit or cost-of-living pay raises or increase the entry level pay rate?

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New year, new budget, renew membership!
RBMA
The new year is off and running! Before too much time goes by, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to renew your RBMA membership. Your involvement is important to us.

If you have not received your membership renewal invoice in the U.S. mail, please contact membership@rbma.org for a copy.More

vRad Scholarships awarded for Coding Academy Course
RBMA
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, partnered with the 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 and RBMA are pleased to announce that two scholarships for the RBMA Coding Academy Course have been awarded to RBMA members Al Moses, manager at Grady Health Systems in Atlanta, and Debbie Peterson, coding advisor for Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont. Congratulations to both scholarship recipients!More

There is still time to register for the RBMA Coding Academy Course
RBMA
RBMA's Radiology Coding Academy Course will bring you enhanced and expanded coding curriculum. Taught by coding experts Diane Hayek, RCC; Pat Kinsley, RT, CPC, RCC; and Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC, this two-day enhanced program will bring you up to date on new codes for 2013 as well as offer a chance to review challenging cases in a workshop setting.

Register today!

Coding Academy Course
Jan. 24-25
Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Va.

Click here for more information.More

RBMA-CSI webinar: Help! What Tools Do I Need to Build My ICD-10 Implementation Plan?
RBMA
CSI has partnered with RBMA to offer a FREE webinar for RBMA members. Presented by Sandy Giangreco, Director of Consulting, Coding Strategies, this hour long program will cover everything you need to know for a successful transition to ICD-10 coding within your practice!

Help! What Tools Do I Need to
Build My ICD-10 Implementation Plan?
Jan. 22
1-2 p.m. EST

Please click here to register.More

Apply for a practice makeover at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
RBMA
Register to attend Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by Friday, Jan. 18, and have the opportunity to be selected for a "makeover" of your marketing material in front of a live studio audience by marketing wizard Ron Rosenberg.

Rosenberg is a nationally recognized, award-winning expert on marketing and customer service and a winner of the prestigious "Marketer of the Year" award at the International Marketing Summit. He is the keynote speaker at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs presenting The Extreme Practice Makeover. In this highly interactive and entertaining workshop, you'll learn how to apply Rosenberg's outrageous marketing strategies to improve the effectiveness of your own marketing communications.

And if you are chosen, you will witness a "makeover" of your own practice during this keynote session (practice names will be changed to protect the innocent)! To be considered, please mail a hard copy representation of your collective marketing efforts (patient brochures, physician brochures, patient letters, etc.) as well as a link to any non-print marketing materials (TV commercials, radio spots, PSAs, website, etc.). Please email non-print materials to jill.hunt@rbma.org and mail hard copy materials to Jill Hunt, RBMA, 10300 Eaton Place, Ste. 460, Fairfax, VA 22030 by Wednesday, Jan. 23. Those selected for the keynote session will be notified ahead of time and will have an opportunity to discuss their material with Ron prior to the conference.

Oh, and be sure and register to attend!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 10-12
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas

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vRad offers scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
RBMA
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with the 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 in the last five years. 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.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1.

Click here to access the application.More

Create your 2013 marketing plan
RBMA
Do you need assistance in creating your marketing plan this year? Look no further! Order RBMA's Marketing Toolkit and find out how to create an optimal marketing plan, build your marketing department, conduct a marketing analysis, remain legal and compliant, and advertise your services using award winning strategies. Samples and resources are included.

Click here to order your copy today.More

Calendar of events
RBMA
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

RamSoft customers upgrade to PowerServer RIS/PACS MU to achieve meaningful use
RamSoft
RamSoft, a leader in RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, has announced that three prominent imaging centers in Southern California have updated their existing RamSoft systems to PowerServer RIS/PACS MU to achieve meaningful use goals.More

House signs off on SGR bill with $800 million in imaging cuts
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Jan. 1 to approve the Senate's fiscal cliff bill that averts a 27 percent reimbursement cut due to the sustainable growth rate formula. But the legislation also includes $800 million in Medicare cuts to advanced medical imaging services — on top of additional cuts proposed in 2012.More

Health insurers raise some rates by double digits
The New York Times
Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's healthcare law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. More

Practices must resolve to trim costs in 2013
FiercePracticeManagement
Even with a 27 percent cut to Medicare physician payments temporarily averted, one of the most critical ways for practices to offset unpredictable reimbursements during implementation of the Affordable Care Act is to keep expenses under control, according to a recent post from Physicians Practice. Put bluntly, practices should strive to "cut every expense that does not produce revenue, save money, and/or strengthen your private/public payor mix."More

Radiology in 2013: The Year of Imaging Software
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
For radiologists and radiology vendors, the past 12 months have centered on healthcare reform — would the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the law, and if it did, what would it all mean? With the court's decision, at least part of that question has been answered. Now, the industry has turned its focus to what can be done in the next year to make practice more efficient and improve how its providers interact with other specialties.More

Medicare breast cancer screening costs top $1 billion
Health Imaging
Breast cancer screening tacked on more than $1 billion to Medicare costs, but its effect on Medicare patient outcomes remains unclear, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers suggested overdiagnosis in higher-cost regions, and also cautioned that the cost curve may grow steeper as Medicare covers newer screening modalities without proof of impact on outcomes. More

Hospitals going paperless to boost efficiency
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
On one floor high in Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala., is a room with nothing but rows of desktop computers. From there, it's a few clicks for a physician to check a patient's medical chart and prescribe medication. Outside on a wall in the hallway is a small flat screen that shows where patients are, which rooms are occupied and which need cleaning. More