Jan. 17, 2012

Question of the week
How does your practice manage its IT infrastructure?
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What method does your company use to code radiology procedures?

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Renew your RBMA membership and bring a friend ... or 2!
Share the value of RBMA membership with a friend! If you have not done so already, renew your membership for 2012 and encourage a friend to join with you!

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.

Click here to renew online today.More

Last day to register online for an RBMA Coding Academy course is TODAY
Today is the last day to register for an RBMA Coding Academy course online. All registrations after today will be handled onsite. Be prepared! Register today to receive the link to very important handouts and continuing education forms.*

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

*Handouts will be available onsite; continuing education forms are only available online.

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RBMA scholarships: No excuse NOT to attend an RBMA conference
Virtual Radiologic has graciously donated a total of eight scholarships to be awarded to RBMA members in 2012. The next vRad Education Scholarship will be awarded for the RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar to be held March 18-20 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Jan. 27. Click here for details.

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is now accepting applications. This scholarship is awarded to an RBMA member who has never experienced an RBMA conference and who is a first-time practice manager or interested in becoming a practice manager. The scholarship recipient can choose to attend the 2012 Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference.

The deadline to submit your application for the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is March 15. Click here for details.More

What is successful marketing?
The core of successful marketing is about referrals, relationships and reputation. In health care, reputation drives and supports physician referrals and consumer marketing largely derived from the customer experience. Find out how to build solid referrals, relationships, reputations and revenues using new tools when public relations expert Kathleen Larey Lewton, MHA, Fellow PRSA, presents The Three R's of Radiology Marketing: Referrals, Relationships and Reputation at RBMA's upcoming seminar.

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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Submit your best marketing campaign to the 2012 Quest Awards
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012 Quest Awards. The RBMA Quest Awards, a program recognizing those who have excelled in their marketing programs, will be judged, and winners will be announced at the RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 19.

One entry per category will be accepted. Available categories are:

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Wanted: Speakers for RBMA 2012 Fall Educational Conference
RBMA requests your assistance in offering high-quality educational programming. RBMA is currently seeking individuals interested in presenting a topic applicable to the business of radiology at the 2012 Fall Educational Conference on Oct. 7-10 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler, Ariz.

If you are interested, please click here to complete the Call for Speakers application.More

Decision-support software reduces volume of CTPA exams
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A combination of clinical decision-support software and a good rapport between emergency physicians and radiologists is credited for decreasing the number of CT pulmonary angiography exams ordered to evaluate acute pulmonary embolism. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston was able to reduce the number of exams ordered by 20 percent and increase its yield by nearly 70 percent, according to an article in Radiology.More

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

Why health care price controls always fail
House Republicans, you may have heard, are trying to "end Medicare as we know it." And well they should — Medicare as we know it is the nation's biggest fiscal disaster. For years, members of Congress and the executive branch have been trying, and failing, to find ways to restrain the growth of government health spending on seniors. More

Report: Hospitals' long-term approach to healthcare reform underwhelming
Health Imaging
Despite recognizing that success with new healthcare delivery and reimbursement models will depend on commitments to quality, service and efficiency, hospitals haven't done enough to prepare for ongoing and planned healthcare initiatives, according to a report published by Towers Watson, a financial management firm.More

Recession-hit US health spending barely rose in 2010
U.S. healthcare spending barely rose in 2010 from record-low recession levels, as high unemployment and the loss of private health insurance forced many Americans to delay or forgo medical treatment, government officials said. Spending edged up 3.9 percent, bringing the total size of the U.S. healthcare system to $2.6 trillion, or $8,402 per person, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.More

20 percent of healthcare dollars spent on 1 percent of population
Health Leaders Media
In 2009, 1 percent of the nation's civilian population required healthcare spending that was slightly greater than in 2008, an increase from 20.2 percent to 21.8 percent of $1.26 trillion in treatment dollars, according to the latest Statistical Brief from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. That indicates that more than $1 in every $5 spent on healthcare went to treat one of every 100 people. More

ABR policy on exam recalls: Please read carefully
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
There has been intense debate among residents regarding the recent policy changes at the American Board of Radiology regarding the sharing of ABR exam items, also known as "recalls." While some residents have voiced opposition to the changes, they go to the heart of maintaining professionalism in radiology.More

20 apps all radiologists should have on their iPads
Radicalogy Radiology (blog)
The iPad is getting rave reviews from medical professionals across the nation, and radiologists are part of that fan base. Part of the reason for this popularity is the access to educational apps, including many free apps that students, teachers and health professionals can use to teach and learn anatomy. But the full reach for radiologists and their iPads has just begun.More