Feb. 28, 2012

Question of the week
Does your practice use accounting software (e.g., QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree) in addition to its billing system?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:

How long is the track for new radiologists in your practice to achieve full partnership, and has it recently, or might it soon, change?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Last chance to renew your RBMA membership if you have not done so
This Friday, your membership benefits will be discontinued if you have not renewed your membership for 2012. Please be sure and renew here by this Friday. Otherwise, you may be subject to the $50 enrollment fee to reactivate your membership.

Don't miss out on receiving the RBMA Bulletin, participating in an online Forum or registering for the Radiology Summit at the member rate!More

An RBMA leadership event: Executive Education Seminar
The Executive Education Seminar is an RBMA leadership program targeted for radiology professionals who are looking for advanced leadership training in today's healthcare environment.

To allow for personal one-on-one instruction, registration will be limited to 40 attendees.

Register today*!

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

Click here for details.

*BONUS! Register for the Executive Education Seminar and receive $150 off registration for the Radiology Summit when you register for both at the same time. The discount is not available to those registering at the Additional RBMA Member rate. More

Is your practice operating at peak performance?
Come join Steve Bedwell, MD, when he presents Perspective Driven Strategies for Peak Performance* at the upcoming Radiology Summit. Dr. Bedwell helps health care professionals boost patient quality scores, reduce diagnostic error rates and discover unexpected solutions to high-priority challenges. Expect a program that's riveting, provocative and explosively funny...and then watch him exceed your expectations.

Register today!

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

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Scholarships available for the RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit
Are you a new manager, striving to be a manager or a third-year RBMA member who has never attended an RBMA conference? Well, here is your opportunity to attend FREE. RBMA offers two scholarships to be used toward attending an RBMA conference:

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is awarded to an RBMA member who has never experienced an RBMA conference and who is a first-time practice manager or interested in becoming a practice manager. The scholarship recipient can choose to attend the 2012 Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference. The deadline to submit your application for the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is March 15. Click here for details.

The vRad Education Scholarship is awarded to an RBMA member who has been a member for a minimum of two years and has not attended an RBMA conference or seminar. The next vRad Scholarship will be awarded for the Radiology Summit. The deadline to submit the application is April 20. Click here for details.More

Creative ideas will be on display at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
A gallery of the best radiology marketing ideas submitted for the RBMA Quest Awards will be on display during the two-day Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar. Attendees will have an opportunity to see what colleagues have been up to and to vote for their favorite. The winner will be awarded the People's Choice Award during the awards presentation on Monday, March 19.

This is the only opportunity marketers have to see what other practices have produced! Don't miss out. Register today.

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

Click here for seminar details.More

Deadline to participate in 2012 Imaging Center Survey is approaching
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.

Click here for details!More

The 2012 Accounts Receivable Performance Survey is coming soon!
RBMA's Accounts Receivable Performance Survey is a compilation of statistics regarding such key indicators as adjusted collection percentage, days charged in A/R, and billing/collection costs. We ask that you give just an hour of your time to participate in this survey and share your data with fellow members. All submissions are held in complete confidentiality (results are released only in aggregated form), and respondents will receive complimentary access to tables of results.

Watch for details!More

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

ADVOCATE achieves exclusive billing agreements with High Plains Radiological Association
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that they have been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreements with High Plains Radiological Association in Amarillo, Texas. HPRA was recognized in 2011 as one of the nation's 75 largest radiology practices by Radiology Business Journal.More

Chicago physician group selects Merge Healthcare to create imaging strategy
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that DuPage Medical Group has added iConnect Access and the Merge Eye Care suite to its existing portfolio of Merge solutions to eliminate disparate silos of information and create a true enterprise-wide imaging platform among its 330 physicians and 45 locations.More

Midwest imaging group signs billing deal 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 MIDI, LLC, for its Midwestern centers in Chicago and Milwaukee.More

US healthcare costs grew 5.28 percent in 2011
Health Leaders Media
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by Medicare programs and commercial insurance grew by 5.28 percent in 2011, nearly double the rate of inflation in the larger economy, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. A further breakdown of S&P data shows that healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance plans grew by 7.11 percent in 2011.More

Hospital CIOs say stay the course with ICD-10
Fierce Healthcare
When CMS said it wouldn't extend the deadline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system — only to cave to pressure at the last minute and announce a delay for "certain entities," it reminded Seattle Children's Hospital & Research Institute CIO Drexel DeFord of the long-running "Peanuts" gag in which Lucy unfailingly pulls the football away when Charlie Brown tries to kick it.More

Siemens targets lower price point with new 3T MRI system
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Siemens Healthcare unveiled details of Magnetom Spectra, its new 3-tesla MRI system, three days prior to its formal debut at this week's annual meeting of the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. Siemens is promoting Magnetom Spectra as a more affordable 3-tesla MRI system for private radiology practices, imaging centers and clinics, as well as larger healthcare institutions looking to expand their ultrahigh-field MRI offerings.More

HIMSS: Stage 2 proposed rule includes dynamic EHR model
Health Imaging
The Stage 2 meaningful use proposed rule includes a new plan for dynamic EHRs, Steven Posnack, MHS, director, federal policy division, Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT, said during a presentation at the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. EHRs should speak to more than one audience, he said.More

Cancer scanning curbed as cascading US pay cuts take toll
Two years ago, Robert Rapoport, a radiologist in Albany, N.Y., spent about $1 million to replace a 10-year-old open MRI machine, the only one available within a 30-minute drive. It's an expense his imaging centers wouldn't be able to recoup today, he says. Rapoport, reeling from the effects of $6 billion in federal reimbursement reductions since 2007, says he's reached the point where he can't buy equipment for his patients.More

New technologies show the way to Imaging IT 2.0
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Concurrently with the global financial crisis, the first stages of healthcare reform have imposed a new economic environment on medical imaging providers. Reimbursement cuts, the slowdown in procedure volume growth and tightened technology purchasing budgets are some of the factors creating economic pressures on providers. All of these dynamics create a need for efficiency gains and increases in cost containment in medical imaging operations.More