Feb. 3, 2015

Member benefit: Have you explored the new RBMA Gateway?
Sporting an updated look and feel, as well as a more user-friendly design, the RBMA Community Gateway is a private portal where RBMA members may upload documents to share with other members. Who has time to reinvent the wheel? This ever-growing collection is designed to generate ideas, provide solutions and save you time.

You may search by using a keyword or scroll down through the categories. When you find a document you want, simply click on the title and the document will open in a new tab. All posted resources are free to RBMA members!

Access the Gateway now at www.rbma.org/gateway (you will be prompted to log in).

If you have questions about the Gateway or any other RBMA member benefit, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

Are you an emerging leader within your practice looking for additional education?
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, 2015.

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

Keeping radiology marketing legal
Join legal counsel Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., and Clinton Mikel, Esq., for a dedicated Q&A session on everything you wanted to know about the Stark Law and Sunshine Act at RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

Register to attend today.

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

Submit your application for the 2015 Quest Awards by Feb. 27
The deadline to submit your application for your entry or entries is Friday, Feb. 27. The actual entry must be shipped to arrive by March 13 at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. Hand delivered submissions can be dropped off at the hotel by noon on Sunday, March 15.

The winners will be announced on March 17 during a lunch program at RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

Find out more information and details on the Quest Awards here.More

Flexible PQRS reporting requirements increase confusion
To avoid a 2 percent penalty on Medicare payments starting in 2016, individual physicians or their medical groups must submit Physician Quality Reporting System 2014 data before their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services submission deadlines.More

The Radiology Coding Certification Board has released exam dates for the 2015 RCC exam
RCCB has contracted with Comira Testing to offer the exam in a computer-based format at several locations nationwide. Plan ahead and become a Radiology Certified Coder this year.More

MedInformatix welcomes Vestrum Health as new technology partner
MedInformatix, an innovator in Enterprise Practice Management and Electronic Health Records, and an established technology brand known for providing real-time real-impact data and workflow solutions to the healthcare industry, announced a partnership with Vestrum Health, a patent-pending technology platform used by practices and physicians to unlock the value of their EHR data.More

Dr. Murray Reicher Named CEO at DR Systems
DR Systems
Dr. Murray Reicher has been named CEO of DR Systems, Inc., where he succeeds Rick Porritt, who has retired after 20 years with the company.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

Physician reimbursement changes: 5 ways to gain control
Physicians Practice (registration required)
It may feel like your practice is fighting a losing battle with reimbursement. After all, continual rate declines amidst increasing overhead and regulatory burdens are enough to dishearten even the most optimistic physicians and administrators. Still, there's reason to believe that slightly brighter skies may be ahead. More

Feds to ease up on electronic health records program
The Hill
Federal regulators announced their intention to ease up on the meaningful use electronic health records program, one week after a coalition of 35 medical societies called for major changes. In a blog post, senior Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official Patrick Conway said the agency is working on "multiple rulemaking tracks" to adjust the program based on provider feedback. More

HHS plans accelerated shift to value-based reimbursement
Imaging Biz
In an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Sylvia Burwell, made a significant announcement regarding Medicare's planned shift to value-based reimbursement in healthcare. Burwell noted that "for the first time, (HHS is) setting clear goals — and establishing a clear timeline — for moving from volume to value in Medicare payments."More