Jan. 22, 2013

Question of the week
Are your billing staff members bonded?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Does a member of your radiology group sit on the board of directors/trustees or the medical staff/physician board of any hospital for which you provide professional services?

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The RBMA Coding Academy Course is this week
Onsite registration is available! Don't miss out on attending RBMA's Radiology Coding Academy Course. 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.

Coding Academy Course
Jan. 24-25
Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Va.

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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 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, no later than Friday, March 8. Hand-delivered entries must arrive by noon on Sunday, March 10.

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How to make Meaningful Use work
Merge Healthcare sponsored a webinar panel discussion last month featuring four imaging centers or practices that have successfully gone through the Meaningful Use process, from registration through attestation, and have started to receive payments. Attendees were able to learn from practical experiences and have their questions answered by individuals who experienced the process first-hand.

A recording of the panel discussion is now available to all RadCast subscribers! If you would like to access a copy of the recording, click here.More

Involve your physician in your marketing plan
Sound impossible? Your radiologist plays an integral role in the success of referring clinician and patient marketing. Learn how to engage your radiologist and provide added value to the practice through the implementation of unique and innovative marketing strategies with proven results when Dr. Mark Keiper presents Marketing Your Radiology Practice: Unique Tools From the Physician Perspective at the upcoming RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs. Enjoy a follow-up course later the same day with Dr. Keiper called How to Effectively Utilize Physicians in Your Marketing Plan.

Register today!

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 by Feb. 1
Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with 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
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

RamSoft adds 2 customers to Northeast region
RamSoft, a leader in RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, has announced that two customers have been added in the Northeast region to improve their radiology workflow.More

MBMS selected to provide billing and practice management services to Pennsylvania practice
MBMS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreements with Allegheny Radiology Associates and Allegheny Imaging of McCandless. Allegheny Radiology Associates is the largest private practice radiology group in Pittsburgh, Pa.; providing excellence in patient care to The Western Pennsylvania Health System through highly skilled, subspecialty and fellowship trained radiologists. Allegheny Radiology Associates will benefit from MBMS's comprehensive coding and documentation program, led by nationally recognized speaker, presenter and educator Lori Shore.More

SGR patch, 2013 edition: What just happened?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
It's become a recurring end-of-year political drama: Congress scrambles to ward off massive cuts to Medicare reimbursement with a temporary patch of the sustainable growth rate formula. But this year's SGR theatrics came to a shocking climax: a stab in the back for radiology. On Jan. 1, both houses of Congress passed what is now called the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Great news, right?More

Time running out for radiologists without meaningful use solution
Imaging Biz
Time is running out for practices that have not implemented a meaningful use solution. In an ImagingBiz interview, Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, vice chair of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, warned that practices considering meaningful use must act by October of this year or they will face significant challenges in the future. More

What will be the outcome for PET?
Imaging Economics
A host of PET tracers are set to hit the market soon. Increasingly, diagnostic tools such as these must meet the threshold of demonstrating measurable outcomes demanded by outcome-based reimbursement models. Just how to do that, however, remains a question mark that stands between the products and their widespread use. More

PQRS: Why radiologists should care
Diagnostic Imaging
The government wants to give you money — but you're probably leaving it on the table. And you're not alone. Less than a quarter of radiologists qualified for the bonus money CMS hands out for meeting Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System requirements. That's according to a study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. More

HIPAA final rule raises fines for non-compliance
Health Leaders Media
The HIPAA omnibus final rule released by the Department of Health & Human Services Jan. 17 will cost hospitals some time and money in regulation analysis, training and policy revision, but shouldn't break the bank, healthcare leaders and privacy and security experts say. The HIPAA "mega rule," so-called by some in the industry, represents the largest set of modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules to date.More

Dollars & cents: Rads redefine value
Health Imaging
For the last few decades, radiology providers have survived (and thrived) in a volume-driven healthcare market. However, healthcare services and payments are in the midst of a massive upheaval and transitioning from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based purchasing. More