Feb. 7, 2012

Watch for your final renewal dues notice in the mail
If you have not yet renewed your RBMA membership for 2012, your benefits will cease in 22 days. Anyone who has not renewed their membership will receive an invoice in the mail any day now.

Please take a moment to review your invoice and return it with your renewal payment by mail to the RBMA office at 10300 Eaton Place, Fairfax, VA 22030, or fax with a credit card payment to 703.621.3356.

We look forward to continuing to address your radiology business concerns and provide you with the best resources applicable to your radiology business.More

Registration for the Radiology Summit is now open
The 44th Radiology Summit will be held in Orlando, Fla., one of the top entertainment capitals in the country. Relax in the glory of a tropical paradise surrounded by beautiful landscaping and refreshing waterfalls. The Loews Royal Pacific Resort offers visitors the serenity and seclusion of a South Seas island within its picturesque environment. Outside the resort, visitors are within walking distance of the Universal Orlando City Walk and theme parks.

Plan to attend:

RBMA Radiology Summit
May 20-23
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando&reg
Orlando, Fla.

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Executive Education Seminar to be held with Radiology Summit
The third annual Executive Education Seminar will be held prior to the 2012 Radiology Summit at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® in Orlando, Fla. This intense day-and-a-half program is designed for seasoned practice leaders.

On the first day, speaker Tim Moore will present a half-day session on Managing Multiple Generations in the Workforce, which will educate managers regarding how to communicate and motivate the multi-generational staff of today.

On the second day, John C. Cameron, JD, LLM, and John J. Sosik, Ph.D., will present a full-day session on Full-Range Leadership Development Training for Radiology Practices. This intense workshop will include a 360-degree leadership assessment, which will need to be completed prior to your arrival at the seminar. The results of this assessment will be a critical element of your learning experience at this program. Your registration fee also includes a companion textbook that will further augment the knowledge you gain at this seminar.

Space is limited at this seminar, so don't delay, register today. And as a double bonus, register for the Executive Education Seminar and receive $150 off registration for the Radiology Summit.*

Executive Education Seminar
May 19-20
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®
Orlando, Fla.

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*You must register for the Executive Education Seminar and Radiology Summitat at the same time to receive the discount.More

vRad Scholarship recipient attends RBMA Coding Academy
Congratulations to Jane Schappell, coding and compliance manager for Progressive Physician Associates in Easton, Pa., for being the recipient of the vRad Education Scholarship. Ms. Schapell recently attended the RBMA Coding Academy courses that included the Radiology Coding Mechanics Course and the Radiology Coding Exam Review Course in Irving, Texas.

Progressive Physician Associates is a multispecialty practice in Bethlehem, Pa., that includes 30-plus radiologists, five interventional radiologists and seven vascular surgeons. Prior to joining the healthcare field in 2002, Ms. Schappell operated a technical writing company for many years. She earned her Certified Professional Coder credential in 2007 and the Cardiology Certified Coder credential in 2008. She plans to sit for the RCC exam in 2012. An RBMA member since 2009, she finds the RBMA coding forum an invaluable resource.

"I found the Radiology Coding Mechanics Course very valuable. The speakers presented a great deal of practical information that I can apply to our practice's diagnostic radiology coding. Both Jeff and Pat gave great tips and references to websites where we can find coding information and regulations that are typically difficult to locate," said Ms. Schappell.

"The Radiology Coding Exam Review Course was a great review of regulations, medical terminology, modifier use, CCI edits and how this information connects with diagnostic radiology. The speaker, Lori Shore, gave lots of tips on how to remember some of this complicated information. Looking forward to passing the RCC Exam later this year. Thanks so much to vRad and the RBMA for giving me the opportunity to attend these courses!"

vRad has partnered with RBMA to offer RBMA members who have never attended an RBMA meeting the opportunity to do so by awarding several $1,500 scholarships to qualifying applicants.

Click here for details on applying for a vRad Education Scholarship.More

Marketing — keeping it legal
In today's competitive market, it has become necessary to think out of the box to create a proactive imaging center marketing program that will result in greater visibility and increased patient load. However, it is important to stay within the legal guidelines to avoid penalties. Join Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., and Stephanie Ottenwes, Esq., when they present Marketing Your Services — What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble at the upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar and find out what you can and cannot do!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 18-20
Westin Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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2012 Imaging Center Survey now open!
The Imaging Center Survey collects demographic information; data on charges and collections; number of imaging machines, technologists, CPT codes and RVUs billed by modality; and imaging center expenses by category. The survey should take no more than three hours to complete.

New this year:

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RCCB exam dates announced
Make this the year you boost your career and earn your Radiology Certified Coder designation. The Radiology Coding Certification Exam is offered as a computer-based test several times a year, for a one-week period at various locations nationwide. Save on time away from the office as well as the expense of costly travel.

Exam dates Application deadline
May 14-18 April 9
July 23-27 June 18
Sept. 17-21 Aug. 13
Nov. 12-16 Oct. 8

Visit www.rccb.org for details.More

ACR's Radiology Leadership Institute inaugural event opens, features GE's Jeffrey Immelt as keynote
Registration is now open for the RLI Inaugural Event on July 12-15 at the James L. Allen Conference Center on the campus of Northwestern University. The program features topics on leadership given by faculty from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, as well as radiology leaders. General Electric's CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, will deliver the keynote address. The event's brochure contains the program's schedule, topics, speakers and registration information. RBMA is an RLI Affiliated Organization; as such, RBMA members save $800 off of the ACR nonmember registration rate. For more information about RLI, go to www.radiologyleaders.org.More


ERRATA: The hotel rate was printed incorrectly in the Building Better Radiology Marketing Program brochure. The correct special RBMA hotel rate is $159 per night, single or double occupancy. Call the hotel directly at 800.927.8461 to make your room reservation for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.More

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

Time to negotiate your group's hospital services contract? If so, have a game plan
It is never too early to begin planning for the negotiation of your radiology group's hospital service agreement. Contract negotiations often take much longer than the parties anticipate, so having a game plan can increase the efficiency and shorten the duration of the negotiation.More

Medical office leases: What you need to know
Maybe it is because it is a new year or it is the result of the upswing in the economy, but many medical practices are switching office locations. Switching office locations means that a new lease must be reviewed and negotiated.More

Physician supervision and scope of practice issues can create liability
Anytime medical services are provided or billed, there are a number of very fundamental questions that must be asked.More

Are defined benefit plans going the way of the dinosaurs or simply evolving?
Over the past 30 years, the number of employees participating in defined-benefit pension plans sponsored by their employers has fallen by approximately 50 percent. During that same period, participation in defined-contribution plans, such as 401(k) plans, has dramatically risen.More

Court holds that arbitration agreement fails for lack of consideration
Agreements requiring employees to arbitrate any claims they may have against their employers arising from their employment can save both time and money. Courts, however, will review such agreements very carefully to ensure that they do not unfairly disadvantage employees by, among other things, denying them remedies or procedural tools that would be available to them in traditional litigation before a court.More

Merge Healthcare drives Meaningful Use adoption among radiologists
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the addition of ten radiology practices that have selected Merge RIS to achieve Meaningful Use. Almost 30 radiology practices now utilize Merge RIS as their complete and fully-certified EHR.More

Advanced Berkshire Medical Imaging enters exclusive billing partnership with MMP
MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive billing contract with Advanced Berkshire Medical Imaging in Pittsfield, Mass.More

Modified tablet PC guides interventional MRI scans
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The MRI suite wouldn't seem to be the safest place to use a tablet PC, but an interventional MR physicist from Stanford University has found a way to make it work. Using a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad modified to work within powerful magnetic fields, Andrew Holbrook, Ph.D., hopes to make it easier to perform interventional MR scans.More

Study: Electronic ordering with imaging decision support is well accepted
Imaging Biz
A study that looked at 4.1 million imaging studies performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston between 2000 and 2010 indicates that fears that clinicians may reject electronic ordering of imaging studies with built-in computerized decision support may be unfounded. The study found that implementing a computerized physician order entry system with clinical decision support for radiology had many benefits.More

The RIS/PACS puzzle
Imaging Economics
The current healthcare environment creates many challenges for providers, and radiology enterprises are no exception. No radiology organization — whether hospital department, imaging center, radiology service provider or teleradiology group — is immune. Each strives to provide high-quality patient care in the demanding context of changing requirements and winnowing profit margins.More

War savings may be key to long-term 'doc fix' deal
Kaiser Health News
KHN's Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about the congressional conference committee trying to hammer out a bargain on a payroll tax cut extension and the Medicare "doc fix." If the conferees — who are now discussing the possibility of a permanent "doc fix" — fail to agree to a proposal, doctors who see Medicare patients are in line for a 27 percent cut slated to take effect in March.More

Healthcare continues strong job growth
Health Leaders Media
Job growth in the healthcare sector for the first month of 2012 continued the robust pace that was set throughout 2011, new federal data shows. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data reports that the healthcare sector created 30,900 jobs in January, including 12,900 jobs in ambulatory services, and 12,700 jobs in hospitals.More

Teaching the next generation of cost-conscious physicians
Health Imaging
Reimbursement cuts, radiology benefits management, accountable care organizations — the list of strategies to control soaring U.S. healthcare costs is long and growing. But perhaps to truly control costs, healthcare needs to revisit where physicians' careers begin: medical school. That's the point made by three professors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in an article they wrote for Academic Medicine.More