Feb. 21, 2012

You have 1 week to renew your membership if you have not done so
And to make it easier, the online renewal module is now up and running. Take a few minutes today to renew your RBMA membership for 2012. Otherwise, your benefits will cease March 1 and you will no longer have access to important areas on the website such as survey results and advocacy call to action eAlerts.

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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.

*To take advantage of this discount, you must register for the Executive Education Seminar when you register for the RBMA Radiology Summit. The discount is not available to those registering at the Additional RBMA Member rate.More

Reserve your hotel room for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by Feb. 24 to receive discounted rate
RBMA has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at the Westin Fort Lauderdale at a special rate of $159 per night, single or double occupancy. Please be sure and contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

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

This lagoon-side hotel is 3.5 miles from area beaches and eight miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. There will be a shuttle available for all attendees from the hotel to local attractions.

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The deadline to submit your application for the Quest Awards is Feb. 24
Don't miss the chance to show off your best stuff to your peers and colleagues — fellow marketers who know what it takes to create an award-winning piece — by participating in the 2012 Quest Awards.

The RBMA Quest Awards, a program recognizing those who have excelled in their marketing programs, will be judged, and winners will be announced at the RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 19.

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Participate in the 2012 Imaging Center Survey and receive the results FREE
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 March 9, should take no more than three hours to complete.

Every member who participates in the survey will receive a copy of the results for free. Please take the time to share your information anonymously and reap the benefit of obtaining useful data to apply to your own practice.

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Calendar of events
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Advanced Radiology of Columbia selects Merge Healthcare's End-to-End Radiology Solution to achieve Meaningful Use
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced Advanced Radiology of Columbia, a leading radiology practice in central Missouri, will implement its integrated suite of radiology solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.More

MMP welcomes new year of industry collaboration with renewed RBMA Gold Sponsorship
MMP Inc.
Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, is pleased to announce that it has renewed its Gold level sponsorship commitment with the Radiology Business Management Association for 2012. MMP has been a supporter and sponsor of RBMA since 2008.More

DR Systems' eHR receives Complete Ambulatory Meaningful Use certification
DR Systems
DR Systems, one of the most respected names in medical imaging information systems (RIS, CVIS, PACS) and the 2011 KLAS® No. 1 overall ranked PACS vendor, announced that its cloud-based eHR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging solution has received certification as a complete ambulatory Electronic Health Record from InfoGard, an Authorized Testing and Certification Body of the Office of the National Coordinator.More

McKesson to replace billing vendor at Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky PLLC
Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky, PLLC, the largest private radiology practice in Greater Cincinnati, has replaced its long-time billing vendor with McKesson Revenue Management Solutions.More

Congress OKs doc fix
Health Leaders Media
Congress has passed a legislative package that would delay massive Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians for 10 months. The deadline to resolve the sustainable growth rate formula issue is now postponed until the end of 2012. A joint House-Senate conference committee charged with negotiating a resolution to the sustainable growth rate formula issue reached a tentative agreement last week.More

HHS delays ICD-10 implementation
Imaging Biz
The pleas of the American Medical Association and other physician groups have not fallen on deaf ears. Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius announced that HHS will postpone the deadline for health care providers' compliance with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes.More

Consumer choice, performance measurement are top challenges for ACOs
Fierce Healthcare
Meeting accountable care initiatives under the healthcare law is presenting challenges for its accountable care organization participants. Even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relaxed the final performance measures from a proposed 65 to 33, meeting those performance measures is no small feat.More

ECRI consensus: CMS should revise new preventive maintenance directive
Health Imaging
Should the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revise its new directive on the preventive maintenance of medical devices? Presenters at ECRI Institute's Feb. 15 webinar addressing the matter answered that question with a resounding "Yes" — and 221 members of the audience who voted in a flash poll during the event expressed a majority agreement.More

Hospitals demand payment up front from ER patients with routine problems
Kaiser Health News
Next time you go to an emergency room, be prepared for this: If your problem isn't urgent, you may have to pay up front. Last year, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, left without treatment after being told they would have to first pay $150 because they did not have a true emergency.More

Radiology: What's coming in 2012
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Throughout 2011, most chatter in radiology centered around how healthcare reform would change the industry or how practitioners should manage and use newer modalities. In a look ahead at the next 12 months, many industry luminaries anticipate the same concerns will linger on the horizon even as new ones appear.More