Jan. 21, 2014

Question of the week
How are initial reports typically provided for plain film studies performed in hospitals served by your practice after the practice’s normal business hours? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Which, if any, difficulties has your practice encountered when implementing upfront payment arrangements for patients with high deductible health insurance plans?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Announcing the grand opening of SHOP RBMA
The new and improved online shop allows you to register for conferences or webinars and purchase RBMA materials in one state-of-the-art shopping cart.

New features to make the most of your shopping experience include a listing of seminars and products related to the item in view.

SHOP RBMA for your one-stop radiology business shopping needs!More

Submit your 2014 Quest Awards application
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 10.

Be sure to submit your application by Feb. 21. The actual shipped entry boards are due at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel no later than Friday, March 7. Hand delivered entries must arrive by noon Sunday, March 9.

Click here for more information.More

Register online for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
With the new SHOP RBMA, online registration for conferences and seminars has never been easier! Online registration is back for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

This year's program will include sessions on:

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 9-11
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, Calif.

Have you renewed your RBMA membership yet?
Registration for the Radiology Summit will be available soon. To register at the discounted rate, your membership must be valid for 2014.

If you have not already done so, please renew today to get the most out of your RBMA benefits.

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

RBMA member benefit: Conference recordings
As an RBMA member, you have access to a selection of single session recordings from past RBMA conferences free of charge! Using the new SHOP RBMA, easily review the available sessions, add them to your cart and "purchase" (for $0) your selected recordings.

All recordings are available for instant listening/downloading, depending on your preference. AND you can access your purchase for an entire year, so you can review your products when it suits you best.

SHOP RBMA now for your FREE conference recordings, and take advantage of your MEMBERS ONLY benefit!More

The RBMA Shipping Program freight management company celebrates its 25th anniversary
PartnerShip, the company that manages the RBMA Shipping Program, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

PartnerShip was founded by the non-profit National Association of College Stores in 1989 to help college stores with all of their small package and LTL freight shipping needs. Twenty-five years later, they are now a leading shipping solutions provider to small and medium businesses across North America. Today, they help more than 17,000 businesses across more than 120 industries and trade groups manage their small package, LTL freight, tradeshow and specialized shipping.

If you do any amount of shipping — big or small — make sure you are taking advantage of this member benefit and the broad set of services, significant discounts and logistical expertise that PartnerShip brings to us through the RBMA Shipping Program.

For more information or to enroll, click here.More

IMAGINE Conduit now available online for ICD-10 transition
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces the product availability of IMAGINE Conduit, a new standalone application to assist with the ICD-9/ICD-10 transition. Users can view and download the software at www.imagineconduit.com.More

MBMS expansion in Denver
MBMS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreement with one of Denver's leading radiology practices, Colorado Imaging Associates. CIA owns and operates Advanced Medical Imaging, the imaging center portion of the practice, which became a business partner of MBMS in August of 2013. These board certified and subspecialty fellowship trained radiologists are experienced in all areas of diagnostic imaging.More

Radiology job seekers twice that of postings
Health Imaging
Based on the ACR Jobs Board, there are twice as many people searching for radiology jobs as there are job postings, according to a study published online by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Survey reveals top health industry trends of 2014
Fierce Healthcare
PwC's Health Research Institute's Top Health Industry Issues for 2014 report reveals the upcoming year will force hospitals and health systems to become more retail-focused as they respond to consumer demand for greater price transparency and cost savings. More

Why half of healthcare CEOs don't want to be in an ACO
HealthLeaders Media
In general, accountable care organization models are thought to carry too many variables and financial risks. Executives at smaller organizations balk because they see no structural model surrounding participation in ACOs that seems replicable.More

Report: CT procedure volume drops 11 percent over past 2 years
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The number of CT procedures being performed in the U.S. has declined at an average annual rate of 5.5 percent over the past two years, reversing years of steady growth in volume, according to a new report by market research firm IMV Medical Information Division. The findings appear to dovetail with other studies that have shown an overall slowdown in utilization of advanced imaging technologies throughout the U.S. But while CT use has fallen over the past couple of years, the report indicates that the age of the CT installed based has climbed significantly.More

Patients' costs skyrocket; specialists' incomes soar
The New York Times
Kim Little had not thought much about the tiny white spot on the side of her cheek until a physician's assistant at her dermatologist's office warned that it might be cancerous. He took a biopsy, returning 15 minutes later to confirm the diagnosis and schedule her for an outpatient procedure at the Arkansas Skin Cancer Center in Little Rock, 30 miles away. That was the prelude to a daylong medical odyssey several weeks later.More

House omnibus budget deal rolls back sequester cut on imaging manufacturers
Imaging Biz
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package the House approved restores funding to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the approval of new medical devices, including advanced medical imaging technologies. That particular cut had been especially irritating to device developers because the device-approval funding that was lost when the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect in March of last year was supposed to have come from FDA user fees the device developers had paid.More

Disaster prep: Is your imaging facility ready?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Given the record cold temperatures in many parts of the country and winter storms dropping snow, now is a good time to make sure your imaging facility is prepared to weather a natural disaster. It may seem obvious to have a disaster plan in place, but a surprisingly large number of offices don't. Around 30 percent have no emergency preparedness plan, even though 87 percent of practices thought there was a moderate to strong possibility of a disaster occurring in their community within five years, according to a poll from 2008, the latest data available. More

Congress poised to change Medicare payment policy: What does that mean for patients, doctors?
Kaiser Health News
After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare physician payment formula. While committees in both chambers have approved their own "doc fix" proposals, the approaches have yet to be reconciled, and none have identified how they would pay for a repeal. More