Jan. 27, 2015

Your RBMA membership could vanish in 30 days if you have not renewed
If you have not already renewed your membership for 2015, please be sure and do so by Feb. 28 or you will lose access to all of the great benefits RBMA offers, such as the Forums and the RBMA Bulletin.

Renew online at www.rbma.org/renew.

Please note that because of our tiered membership structure, Primary members will need to renew before any additional members on the account can renew.

If you have questions about the renewal process, please contact us at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

Learn from the RBMA Board of Directors why RBMA is a must for your professional and personal career development here.More

YOLO. NOLA. On a scholarship!
Interested in attending the Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar in 2015? Not sure if you have the budget? Through our partnership with vRad, RBMA is offering scholarships to attend the March 15-17 program in New Orleans, La. For additional scholarship details and to apply, please click here. Applications are due Feb. 13.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Advantages of a data warehouse
RBMA moved from traditional surveys to a data warehouse to serve our members better.

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

How can your practice participate in an accountable care organization?
Janinne Walker will present A Radiology Practice's Place in the ACO World at RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs. Learn what an ACO is and how to effectively participate and be potentially positioned to gain market share.

Register to attend today.

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

Apply for a scholarship to attend the Radiology Summit* FREE
RBMA is offering two different scholarships to use toward the Radiology Summit. The scholarships cover registrations fees, travel and hotel.

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. Applications will be accepted until March 6.

The vRad Education Scholarship is awarded to an individual who has not attended an RBMA conference or seminar in the past three years. Applications will be accepted until April 24.

For additional scholarship details and to apply, please click here.

*Recipient of the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship can choose to attend either the Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference.More

Ready for impact of analog to digital conversion on Medicare billing
A $2,501 desktop computer is just as good as a PACS workstation, right?More

Autopilot: OFF — Fostering critical thinking and team engagement
The difference between excellent and adequate is often the engagement of the billing team in identifying and solving problems and constantly driving toward better quality and enhanced efficiency. In a top notch billing operation, autopilot isn't an option.More

Zotec Partners introduces new Zotec analytical reporting interface for radiologists
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of radiology billing and practice management services, is pleased to announce a new technology platform for radiologists: Zotec Analytical Reporting Interface.More

With EHRs, there's literacy and then there's literacy
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Prior to federal EHR mandates and bribes, many physicians were reluctant to adopt EHR. Having taken the plunge, fully 23 percent of EHR adopters are unhappy with their choice and are looking for replacements. Maybe the reluctant ones were onto something, but that is not the point of this article. Reluctance has been attributed to unfamiliarity/uneasiness about technology. More

CAD costs, use on the rise
Health Imaging
As the prevalence of computer-assisted detection use rises to nearly 80 percent of Medicare mammography exams, so do the associated costs, reaching nearly $300 million in Medicare costs for an eight year period between 2001 and 2009, according to a study published in the December issue of the JAMA Internal Medicine. More

Bundling of radiology codes into surgical codes continues
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Not surprisingly, many of the 2015 changes to CPT codes made by the American Medical Association include the bundling of codes for imaging guidance — as well as radiological supervision and interpretation — into surgical codes. In addition to being aware of these and other code changes, radiologists and their staff must also go the extra mile to review the introductory notes at the start of certain sections of code documentation.More

Budget office lowers ObamaCare price tag by 20 percent
The Hill
The total price tag for ObamaCare's insurance programs will be 20 percent less than expected, the government's budget office said. The law's insurance provisions are now expected to cost $571 billion through 2019 — a drop of about $139 billion from the government's earliest estimates five years ago, according to new estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. More

America's new healthcare economy: 3 trends to watch
In his State of the Union address, President Obama was brief but to the point on healthcare. Declaring that about "10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage" because of the Affordable Care Act, he made clear he would veto any legislative attempt to roll it back. Thus, absent judicial action, the Act is here to stay. More