Feb. 15, 2012

Question of the week
How long is the track for new radiologists in your practice to achieve full partnership, and has it recently, or might it soon, change?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
How do your 2011 radiologist and staff bonuses compare with your 2010 bonuses?

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Your RBMA membership benefits will discontinue in 2 weeks
Stay with the association you love and remember to renew your membership. If you don't, your benefits will cease in 14 days.

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.More

Register for the Executive Education Seminar and Radiology Summit and save $150!
The 44th Radiology Summit will be held in Orlando, Fla., following the third annual Executive Education Seminar. Take advantage of both learning opportunities by registering to attend both popular and informative events. Lessen the time spent out of the office, reduce the cost of additional airfare and hotel expenses and save $150 off the Radiology Summit registration fee.

See you in Orlando!

Executive Education Seminar
May 19-20

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

Are you going to Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs?
If you are going to be at the upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 18-20, you might want to shout it out on our Facebook page. Anyone who likes RBMA and posts a message on the BBRMP Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a prize. The winner will be announced during opening remarks.

Start talking before you arrive in Fort Lauderdale by posting here.

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

Click here for seminar details.More

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, due on March 9, should take no more than three hours to complete.

New this year:

Click here for details!More

vRad awards scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Congratulations to Willard Glover of Santa Fe Imaging in Santa Fe, N.M., for being the lucky recipient of a vRad Education Scholarship. Through the gracious donation by vRad, Mr. Glover will be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to attend RBMA's Better Building Radiology Marketing Programs. Registration, travel and hotel are covered by the scholarship. Thank you vRad for giving this opportunity to an RBMA member!

The next vRad Scholarship(s) will be awarded for attendance at the 2012 Radiology Summit. Submit your application by April 20 to be considered.

Click here for information on the vRad Education Scholarship.More

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

Tuscon's largest radiology practice selects Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Radiology Ltd. will implement its full, end-to-end suite of radiology solutions at its nine imaging centers across southern Arizona.More

Atlanta radiology group signs exclusive billing contract 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 Atlanta Radiology Consultants.More

Winchester Radiologists signs contract with HealthPro Medical Billing
HealthPro Medical Billing
HealthPro Medical Billing, Inc., an industry leader in radiology medical billing, announces that Winchester Radiologists has selected the company as its outsourced billing provider. Winchester is a sub-specialist radiology practice based in Winchester, Va., as well as a medical provider for patients of Winchester Medical Center and Winchester Imaging.More

GE Hitachi puts molybdenum-99 project on ice
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
More than two years after the U.S. Department of Energy selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to develop a new technology for producing the radioisotope molybdenum-99, the company has decided not to proceed with the project, saying it is not economically feasible at this time. GEH is nearing completion of its work under the first phase of a cooperative agreement with the DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration.More

eHI: EHRs and HIE untapped markets for jobs, savings
Health Imaging
The increasing utilization of EHRs and health information exchange that has been spurred by an unprecedented level of government funding for health IT could represent an untapped market for both job creation and market savings, according to the eHealth Initiative. To meet the demand for health IT professionals created by increased adoption rates, the Office of the National Coordinator for Heath IT is spending $120 million on the Health IT Workforce Development Program.More

Hospital CIO: ICD-10 'more than a coding issue' for C-suite leaders
Fierce Health IT
Why should docs and C-suite execs care about ICD-10? In part 1 of an interview with FierceHealthIT, Stephen Stewart, CIO of Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, answers that question — and offers health IT leaders advice on how to motivate physicians and healthcare leaders to take ICD-10 seriously by explaining to them the rewards of implementation and the risks of ignoring the regulations.More

Improve EHR systems by rethinking medical billing
Physicians Practice (blog)
Whether one has an intrinsic interest in medical records or not, everyone wants to get paid and, for most physicians, that still involves a bill. These days, there are documentation requirements to get paid. Merely submitting a billing code is not sufficient thanks to our colleagues who have been unable to resist the urge to submit phony and inflated claims. More

Feds release final rules on health plan language
Health Leaders Media
Starting Sept. 23, 150 million private health plan customers will be able to shop for coverage with the use of advertising materials that use the same template, so buyers can get apples to apples comparisons, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule. "For too many Americans today choosing a health plan means reading through a human resources booklet usually the size of a small phonebook," said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.More

Orthopaedic defensive medicine costs $2 billion annually, mostly imaging
Imaging Biz
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates the cost of defensive medicine among the specialty at about $2 billion annually. And most of the defensive medicine costs come from diagnostic imaging tests. The academy surveyed 1,214 respondents, 96 percent of whom admitted to practicing defensive medicine. More