Jan. 10, 2012

vRad Scholarship awarded for Coding Academy Courses
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 a scholarship has been awarded to Jane Schappell, coding and compliance officer for Progressive Physician Associates in Easton, Pa.

Schappell will attend the RBMA Radiology Coding Mechanics Course and the RBMA Radiology Coding Exam Review Course on Jan. 25-26, 2012, in Irving, Texas.More

New year, new budget, renew membership!
2012 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.

To renew your membership immediately, use our quick and easy online renewal form!

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 $105 discount for Additional Members, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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Still time to register for an RBMA Coding Academy Course
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 experts Pat Kinsley, RT, CPC, RCC and Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC. The RBMA Radiology Coding Exam Review Course is taught by industry expert Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC.

Register Today!

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

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Recharge your creative cells at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Join keynote speaker Tim Wright at RBMA's upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs as he presents Batteries Included: How to Charge & Recharge Your Creative Cells. Learn how to recognize, accept and appreciate your creativity. Take home techniques — batteries included — to turn on, turn up and turn loose your creative powers!

Plus so much more! Register to attend today!

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

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Deadline to apply for vRad Scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs is Jan. 13
If you have been an RBMA member for at least two years and have never attended an RBMA conference or seminar, you could qualify to attend this year's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs on March 18-20 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

One of RBMA's most popular programs, Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will offer knowledge and training on how to market your practice. This course is applicable to practice administrators as well as marketing personnel.

Don't miss a chance to attend for FREE! Submit your application by Jan. 13 to be considered. Recipients will be announced on Feb. 3.

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Create your 2012 marketing plan
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

Prepare your practice for the implementation of ICD-10
The ICD-10-CM Toolkit is designed to give you all the tools needed to prepare your practice for the implementation of ICD-10. It contains a customizable model implementation plan and educational materials to help document the information needed for ICD-10 coding and a full range of staff training. Collaborated and produced by RBMA and Coding Strategies.

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Please participate in McDonald Hopkins survey
McDonald Hopkins is happy to be a monthly contributor to the RBMA's RadCast. For the past eight months, we have authored the RadCast's monthly Legal Resources section and we look forward to its continuation in 2012.

To ensure that future articles are relevant and beneficial to the RBMA membership, we ask that you take our brief survey. This survey will help guide the content and approach of future articles. You will not receive any unsolicited email as a result of your participation. Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey.

Click here to take this brief survey (approximately 2-3 minutes).More

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

Pollux Systems, Inc. extends contract with medical billing leader Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announces that Pollux Systems, Inc., a revenue cycle management solutions company for hospital and office-based practices based in Newburgh, Ind., has renewed its contract to license software from Zotec for five years.More

eMix announces 350th customer for medical image sharing
eMix, a business venture incubated by DR Systems, announced that 350 customers are now subscribing to its cloud-based service for sharing medical imaging studies and reports. The 350th customer is Mercy Health Partners, a member of Trinity Health organization of hospitals, physicians and other health care providers that serve the western Michigan region.More

10 hospital technologies to watch carefully
Health Leaders Media
Just in case some hospital chiefs have millions in the coffers to spend but can't figure out what to buy, a report by the ECRI Institute lists ten high-priced gadgets and systems that bear at least a look. "Hospitals have very high pressure on their budgets right now," says Diane Robertson, director of ECRI's health technology assessment information service which helped prepare "Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2012."More

Gender, demographics influence risk of malpractice suits
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Male radiologists are more likely to be sued than female radiologists, while those from Utah have the highest likelihood of being subjected to a malpractice claim of any U.S. state, according to a study presented at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting. Researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found that the chance of a male radiologist being sued by the age of 60 was 50 percent, compared with 40 percent for female radiologists.More

Insurers profit from health law they spent millions to fight
Bloomberg News
Insurance companies spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the U.S. healthcare overhaul, saying it would raise costs and disrupt coverage. Instead, profit margins at the companies widened to levels not seen since before the recession, a Bloomberg Government study shows. Insurers led by WellPoint Inc., the biggest by membership, recorded their highest combined quarterly net income of the past decade after the law was signed in 2010.More

Making sense of the meaningful use maze
Health Imaging
As radiology grapples with the seemingly endless details of meaningful use, many questions remain. The only certainty, according to an article appearing in the February issue of Academic Radiology, is "that MU is real and will affect radiology for many years to come." Because of this inevitability, Adeel Siddiqui, MBBS, and colleagues wrote the article to help radiologists deal with some of the ambiguities of the MU process.More

Physician group wants treatment costs considered
Fierce Health Finance
The American College of Physicians recommends its membership take cost-effectiveness into account when planning treatment for their patients, reports National Public Radio's Shots blog. The tack taken by the ACP, the nation's second largest trade group for physicians, could have a profound effect on how medicine is practiced by doctors in the hospital setting, ultimately impacting cost.More

Obama lawyers defend healthcare law in Supreme Court
The Obama administration defended its healthcare overhaul law before the U.S. Supreme Court, rejecting arguments by critics who warned that if the government can require people to have health insurance, it might next make them eat broccoli. Administration attorneys, in court filings and at a briefing, said Congress was within its constitutional powers in requiring Americans to buy insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.More