Jan. 20, 2015

Member benefit: Volunteering
Volunteering is an excellent way to increase your participation and knowledge of your membership association. It is also a great way to give back to an organization that was instrumental in building your career and achieving personal growth.

Our yearly Call for Volunteers has opened! RBMA is soliciting volunteers to serve on a variety of committees and subcommittees. Much of the work of RBMA is carried out by RBMA member volunteers, supported by RBMA staff.

RBMA has 14 committees and subcommittees that are sure to capture one or more of your interests. Volunteering on multiple committees is permitted. Terms are for one year and can be renewed up to a total of three years. Committees typically meet via conference call or in person at either RBMA's Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference, or both! Committee members do not receive travel reimbursements.

Visit www.rbma.org/volunteer for more information on RBMA committees and to complete an application. If appointed, your service will begin in June 2015.

Volunteer submissions will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 27.

Give back and be an integral part of a team that depends on member volunteers to guide and propel the organization forward!More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Subscription levels
DataMAXX has basic and premium subscription levels. Basic reporting is free for participants, and includes all the indicators and demographic breakouts included in the old survey reports. Premium reporting is available for an annual fee and allows subscribers to select peer groups using multiple demographic variables at once, select individual states or a customized practice size range (number of physicians), and for some modules includes additional indicators. Basic subscribers can upgrade to a premium subscription at any time.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Do you know how to create a marketing plan — that works?
Planning is one of the most important leadership skills one can have, but sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin. Obtain an understanding of what sales and marketing planning really is when Laurie Slater and Marysa Stevens present Writing and Executing a Sales and Marketing Plan for Results at the upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

Register today.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 15-17
The Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, La.

Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship available for new practice managers!
The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are first time practice managers or those interested in becoming a practice manager a chance to experience the value of RBMA. The yearly scholarship recipient is awarded the opportunity to attend either the RBMA Radiology Summit or RBMA Fall Educational Conference. The application deadline for the 2015 scholarship is March 6.

Bob Luther was a member of RBMA for 24 years and president from 1998 to 1999. He had an extensive record of volunteerism with RBMA — serving on several committees and liaison positions. During his time in leadership, he provided a steady hand during times of organizational change and helped implement a multi-year plan of initiatives for the association. He is remembered as a man of honor and quiet humor. Bob passed away in December 2006.

For more information and to apply, please click here.More

Wanted: RBMA member experts for interviews
Diagnostic Imaging will be doing an article series on the business of radiology and is seeking RBMA members to interview who have the following expertise:

If you have an interest and knowledge in any one of the above areas and would like to be considered for an interview, please email Daphne Gawronski or call her at (703) 621-3353.More

How do I comment on the RBMA Blog?
The RBMA Blog has been increasing in popularity as many of the articles are shared with colleagues or through social media.

Did you know you can respond with a comment right on the blog page? At the end of each article the word Comments is hot linked, and when clicked upon will open up the comments dialog to enter further dialog. We would love to read your comments!More

Transforming the radiology practice for the healthcare paradigm of the future
Clearly, the opportunity exists to carve out a significant role for the entrepreneurial practice in the healthcare paradigm of the future. That opportunity raises the question: How best should radiology groups take advantage of it?More

Numbers don't lie
Motivating radiologists around quality of care improvements and other change initiatives increasingly begins with data.More

Zotec Partners supports RBMA with continued Gold sponsorship in 2015
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, the industry leader in specialized radiology physician billing and practice management services, is pleased to announce that it will continue its Gold level sponsorship commitment with the Radiology Business Management Association for 2015.More

Practice asset protection is too often ignored
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
Since radiology practices create wealth for their owners, it makes perfect sense to shield their assets from lawsuits and creditor threats. In this article, we will discuss the importance of shielding your radiology practice assets from potential financial threats. Then, we will suggest two ways that you can protect them.More

Accountable care organizations: Like HMOs, but different
The New York Times
In pursuit of greater efficiency in the United States health system, public programs and private insurers have begun to pay some hospitals and physicians differently. These new payment models take many forms, but they all impose greater responsibility for cost control and quality improvement on providers and bear some resemblance to failed healthcare financing arrangements from the 1990s.More

Care coordination barely improved by docs' use of EHR, health IT
Imaging Biz
If harmonizing the work of two or more doctors treating the same patient is a key reason for computerizing healthcare, then health information technology is singing somewhat off key. That's one way to sum up a new study whose authors looked at EHR usage and electronic information sharing by more than 4,500 U.S. physicians who participated in the 2012 National Electronic Health Records Survey. More

Another study finds adding tomosynthesis effective at detection and saving money
Health Imaging
Digital breast tomosynthesis has the potential of saving patients and payors more than $500 million each year, according to a study published in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research. Looking to explore the value of DBT as a breast cancer screening modality, the research team developed an economic model that estimated the financial impact of two screening scenarios — full field digital mammography alone and FFDM plus DBT.More

Effective emails: 3 tips for physicians, managers
Physicians Practice
As medical practice managers and recruiters, we hear the constant refrain of over-communicate versus under-communicate. But how much communication is too much? We find that many practice staff members, managers, and physicians struggle when attempting to communicate effectively via email.More