Feb. 18, 2014

Question of the week
Approximately what percentage of your employees' individual and dependent health insurance premium is paid by the employer? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: What percentage of your practice's radiologists participated in PQRS in 2013 and will avoid the 2015 penalty?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

This Friday, Feb. 21, is a BIG day for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs!
The deadline to reserve your room at the discounted rate for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs has been extended to this Friday.
RBMA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $179 per night, single or double occupancy. In order to reserve your room, your registration must be processed with an approved payment. Once your application has been processed, a confirmation letter will be 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. 21, based on availability.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 9-11
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, Calif.

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. 21, the price will increase by $50. After 5 p.m. EST March 7, all registration will be on-site, at a $100 increase. Register today!

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

The deadline to submit your application for the Quest Awards is this Friday.
This is your opportunity to strut your stuff and show the radiology marketing world what real marketers are made of! Submit an application by this Friday, then deliver the entry to Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by March 7. The Quest Awards ceremony honoring the entries and announcing the winners will be held on Monday, March 10. Apply today!More

What can you expect to experience at the Radiology Summit?

RBMA conferences are about you and taking care of your physical, mental and educational needs! Join us in Charlotte this spring for a truly rewarding and invigorating experience.

Register today.

Radiology Summit
May 4-7
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.

RBMA members are invited to participate in a study on ultrasound workflow
RBMA and KLAS are collaborating on a 2014 Ultrasound study. The aim of the study is to help healthcare professionals become better informed about the industry and to provide you with resources to enable you to make the best decisions possible for your facility.

Please take a few moments to participate in this study by clicking this evaluation link. In return for your participation, you will receive a complimentary copy of the report and an invitation to attend a webinar discussing insights from the study.More

RBMA Bulletin is looking for contributing authors
RBMA is seeking authors to contribute articles to the RBMA Bulletin. One of the leading benefits of membership, the Bulletin is distributed bimonthly to over 2,300 readers who will pass the issue to their staff and physicians.

"The written word is a permanent record of facts, events and ideas. It is a communication tool that relays a message and provides an historical imprint for future generations."

For more information on submitting a story for one of the upcoming issues, click here.More

RBMA U is seeking a faculty member for an Introduction to Information Management course
RBMA is seeking a qualified and experienced radiology business professional to teach the introductory course in Information Management, one of the domains in RBMA's Common Body of Knowledge. The selected instructor will be provided with a course development plan including learning objectives from which to create the course. The instructor will have access to various resources to produce the presentation as well as one-on-one mentoring or assistance from a member of the RBMA U Committee.

Interested candidates should review the job description then submit a job application for consideration.

Please email rbmau@rbma.org if you have any questions.More

Merge Healthcare expands Meaningful Use leadership in radiology for 2014
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, announced that its radiology solutions have been certified for Meaningful Use, broadening its commitment to radiology customers who participate in the program as well as lead their healthcare environments toward overall imaging interoperability.More

ADVOCATE is selected as new exclusive billing services provider for Center Radiology
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announced that they have been awarded the exclusive billing agreement with Center Radiology in Washington, D.C.More

Do doctors need EHR 'scribes'?
Is the electronic health record falling short of its promise and contributing to physician burnout because it saddles doctors with ever-increasing administrative tasks? Yes, thinks Dr. Michael Murphy, an ER physician who co founded ScribeAmerica a decade ago.More

6 ways to avoid unintentional Medicare fraud
HealthLeaders Media
Mismanagement or sloppy business practices can quickly lead to trouble with Medicare fraud investigators, even when healthcare providers have no intention to defraud the government. More

Imaging groups laud SGR fix bill
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Medical imaging industry groups hailed a bipartisan deal to replace the maligned sustainable growth rate formula for physician payment. Specifically, the American College of Radiology lauded the inclusion of ACR-backed provisions aimed at reducing unnecessary scanning and improving the quality of care.More

New billing standards to help patients with debt
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The last thing anyone wants to deal with after a serious illness or injury is a mountain of debt and repeated calls from bill collectors. Yet that's the scenario in which many patients find themselves. Patients can avoid some of those headaches and minimize the risk they'll need to file for bankruptcy protection. To do that, they must discuss costs and payment options early on with their hospital or medical provider, and be sure that they have tapped into any available discounts and financial assistance.More

AMA seeks to stop ICD-10, cites soaring costs
HealthLeaders Media
The American Medical Association released a study it sponsored showing that projected physicians' implementation costs for the federally mandated ICD-10 medical coding set will be as much as three times higher than initial estimates. Couple with the release of the study, AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, released a copy of the letter she sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to "strongly" reconsider the ICD-10 mandate, which takes effect Oct. 1.More

Managing radiology datasets to achieve success
Imaging Biz
There is little question that consolidation and integration in the healthcare sector is in full force and will continue to dominate the landscape in 2014 — given the markedly high level of healthcare entities merger and acquisition activity in 2013, of that we can be certain. Price compression, consumerism and regulatory influence are creating an environment in which scale is critical to success.More

RIS/PACS databases best for capturing CT dose data
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Capturing data on computed tomography radiation doses from RIS/PACS databases was more accurate and cost effective than self-reported survey data, according to the results of a single-center study published in the European Journal of Radiology. Radiation dose information is currently captured using self-reported surveys, which have inherent bias because they do not capture a random sample of data and rely on participation by providers.More

EHR alerts boost participation in AAA screening
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Many men who are at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm unfortunately don't get screened for the often deadly condition. But Kaiser Permanente in California has found a way to reach more of them by integrating alerts for screening into its electronic health record software. The screening program alerts providers when at-risk patients should receive an aortic ultrasound scan for AAA screening. More