Jan. 15, 2013

Plan to attend the RBMA Coding Academy Course next week
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.

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RBMA-CSI webinar: Help! What Tools Do I Need to Build My ICD-10 Implementation Plan?
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

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NOW is the time to purchase the CSI/RBMA ICD-10 Toolkit
The IDC-10-CM Toolkit designed by Coding Strategies and RBMA gives the busy radiology administrator all of the tools needed to prepare the practice for the implementation of ICD-10.

Prepare for the very near future today! Click here for more information and here to place your order in the RBMA store!More

Quest Awards application deadline is Feb. 15
RBMA will once again be recognizing excellence in radiology marketing at the Quest Awards presentation to be held at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs on March 11.

Be sure and submit your application by Feb. 15. The actual entries are due in at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, no later than Friday, March 8. Hand-delivered entries must arrive by noon Sunday, March 10.

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Tomosynthesis: The latest technology in breast imaging
In the dynamic world of healthcare, the technologies available to medical professionals are always changing. To stay ahead of the curve, healthcare providers must constantly work to develop and improve their diagnostic skills. The latest technology in breast imaging — tomosynthesis — brings with it a new era in breast cancer detection. Learn about this latest technology by attending the session Tomosynthesis: Coming to an Imaging Center Near You! at:

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

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Apply for a vRad scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
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 scholarship 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.

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Calendar of events
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Report: Breast imaging market to hit $5 billion by 2017
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The ever-expanding range of breast-imaging technologies will reach a market value of approximately $5 billion by 2017, according to a market research report by MarketsandMarkets. The existing and emerging technologies profiled in the report are segmented into radiation-bearing exams and nonionizing tests, the firm said. More

Radiologists should worry about medical device tax, too
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
On Jan. 1, the long-debated and much-opposed medical device tax went into effect. To date, medical device manufacturers have clearly stated their opposition, but industry leaders portend practicing radiologists also have reason to be concerned. Barely a week old, this measure levies a 2.3 percent tax on all medical devices. More

New meaningful use guidance clarifies the radiology hardship exception
Imaging Biz
Many of the requirements for qualifying for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services electronic health record meaningful use incentive payments are difficult to meet if you do not have regular face-to-face interactions with your patients. This is often the case for radiologists, pathologists and anesthesiology. More

RAND walks back HIT savings estimates
Health Leaders Media
RAND researchers are walking back a report that the nonprofit public policy think tank issued in 2005 estimating that the widespread adoption of healthcare information technology could trim more than $81 billion each year from the nation's healthcare tab through improved efficiencies.More

Who knew? Patients' share of health spending is shrinking
Kaiser Health News
Consumer-driven medical spending may be the second-biggest story in healthcare, after the Affordable Care Act. As employers give workers more "skin in the game" through higher costs from purse and paycheck, the thinking goes, they'll seek more efficient treatment and hold down overall spending. But consumers may not have as much skin in the game as experts thought, new government figures show. More

Medicare's cost controls can't control an aging population
The Washington Post
Health and Human Services has published a chart that shows how quickly the agency expects Medicare costs to grow over the next two decades. Most of the growth above and beyond overall economic growth has to do with the Medicare population getting older and bigger. More