Feb. 17, 2015

Member benefit: Update your RBMA profile and win!
Use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA track more accurate demographics about our membership! If you update your account between now and Friday, March 27, you will be entered to win a FREE registration to the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas on June 7-10 or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining in March, who update their profile online, will also be entered to win. RBMA Corporate Primary members only need to update their personal profile (not Company Profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be drawn March 31 and notified via email.

Edit Your Profile Now to Enter!

Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

Aspiring to be a practice manager someday? Apply for a scholarship to an RBMA conference!
"At the RBMA Radiology Summit conference, I learned so much about the industry, its obstacles, and I met so many individuals in the same shoes as my own! What an amazing learning experience for someone new to the industry or someone needing a refresher!" — Sarah Chester, 2014 Bob Luther Scholarship recipient

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are interested in becoming a practice manager or new practice managers a chance to experience the value of attending an RBMA meeting.

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.

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

This Friday, Feb. 20, is a BIG day for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 15-17, 2015
The Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, La.

Friday is the last day to reserve your hotel room at the discounted rate. RBMA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy. In order to reserve your room, your registration must be processed with an approved payment. When your application has been processed, a confirmation letter will be immediately emailed to you containing a code with which to reserve your hotel room at the special RBMA rate. This special rate is offered until Feb. 20, based on availability.

The deadline to register for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs at the discounted rate is this Friday. Save an additional $150 when you register as an Operations/Marketing Team! After Feb. 20, the price will increase by $50. After 5 p.m. EST March 7, all registration will be on-site, at an additional $100 increase. Register today!

Register this week and still have time to reserve your hotel room at the special rate.More

Only 10 days left to submit your entry for the RBMA Quest Awards
This is your opportunity to strut your stuff and show the radiology marketing world what real marketers are made of! Submit an application by Friday, Feb. 27, then deliver the entry to Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by March 13. The Quest Awards ceremony honoring the entries and announcing the winners will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Apply today!More

2015 image-guided breast biopsy coding, reimbursement and charge capture educational webinar recording is now available to RBMA members
Originally broadcast on Jan. 27, this webinar is for physicians and hospital outpatient departments who want to learn more about how to charge for these types of procedure codes where imaging and other services are bundled or included in the CPT® code for the procedure. This webinar highlights best practices regarding charge capture and processes to ensure that the charges for each element of the image-guided breast biopsy procedure, including the needle biopsy procedure itself, imaging-guidance, the placement of breast localization devices (e.g., clip) and imaging of the biopsy specimen make it onto the claim form.

Access to the recording is complimentary for RBMA members only. Click here to request access.More

Government's goal of paying for value over volume could aid vendors
The move toward alternate payment systems that reward quality of care over quantity of care is creating opportunities for companies that can assist providers with the complex tasks of gathering and properly submitting data on performance and outcomes to payors. But does the trend do anything for traditional device manufacturers?More

Zotec Partners launches new practice production module for radiologists
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of radiology billing and practice management services, is pleased to announce it has developed a new practice production module for radiologists and radiology practices.More

No crosswalk from ICD-9, but ICD-10 is on track for October
By Scott E. Rupp
The "delay ICD-10" proponents have found themselves another piece of ammunition to use in their war against transitioning from the current ICD-9 coding system. The latest development in the never-ending fight is a new study from Vanderbilt University that suggests that mapping codes between ICD-9 and ICD-10 could be a problem. However, despite this information, ICD-10 likely will move forward in October.More

Public CMS databases allow geographic glimpses of imaging use
Health Imaging
Public data made available by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paints an informative picture of the wide variation in imaging utilization across the country. According to a study published online Feb. 5 in Radiology, authored by Ivan K. Ip, MD, MPH, with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues, this information can be helpful in assisting imaging quality improvement initiatives. More

GAO outlook for ICD-10 raises questions
HealthLeaders Media
The Government Accountability Office says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is prepared for the ICD-10 implementation deadline Oct. 1, but an MGMA executive says he does not agree with the GAO audit's findings.More

Understanding bundled payments
Physicians Practice (registration required)
VideoBrief Bundled payments, under different names and iterations, have existed for years. But with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, they have taken center stage as a key driver for healthcare savings. In this video, Anders M. Gilberg, senior vice president for the Medical Group Management Association's Government Affairs Office, explains how the payments work and whether your medical practice should consider participation in this payment model. More

The black market for stolen healthcare data
President Obama was at Stanford University on Friday, hosting a cybersecurity summit. He and about a thousand guests were trying to figure out how to protect consumers online from hacks and data breaches. Meanwhile, in the cyber underworld, criminals are trying to figure out how to turn every piece of our digital life into cash. The newest frontier: health records. More

Refurbished medical equipment market projected to grow, and fast
Imaging Biz
When it comes to purchasing medical equipment, selecting secondhand doesn't have to mean settling for second-rate. New market research shows that healthcare providers are increasingly seeing that light, driving the global refurbished medical equipment market toward a projected $9.37 billion by 2019. That's for all categories of equipment, and, not surprisingly, the medical imaging segment is expected to top the list.More