Mar. 4, 2014

Question of the week
Under what circumstances does your group pay for malpractice tail coverage for partner or employee radiologists who leave the group? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Approximately what percentage of your employees' individual and dependent health insurance premium is paid by the employer?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Update your profile for a chance to win a free conference registration
RBMA has launched a new online Edit Profile feature, allowing you to update more information in your member account through our website! If you update your account between now and Friday, March 28, you will be entered to win a FREE registration to the 2014 Radiology Summit in Charlotte, N.C., May 4-7.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out all 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 on March 31 and notified via email.

Edit your profile now to enter!

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

Register online for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by this Friday and save!
Save $100 by registering online by 5 p.m. ET Friday, March 7, to attend a seminar that will provide you with a great return on your investment. Join more than 130 friends and colleagues in Long Beach, Calif., next week and participate in open discussions, access valuable marketing tips and find out how to catch the next wave of marketing ideas for your practice.

Register today.

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

Mobile Breast Center will be on display at the Radiology Summit
Mobile mammography programs are making great strides in bringing life saving breast imaging services to women. Join Cathleen Bates, Shawna Platé, and Katie Yarborough for their session, Developing a Mobile Mammography Program, at RBMA's upcoming Radiology Summit.

Find out what you need to develop a mobile breast center program and how to achieve success. As a bonus, attendees will have the opportunity to tour a mobile breast center on display at the Westin Charlotte Hotel, courtesy of Charlotte Radiology!

Register today.

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

Scholarship deadlines this Friday!
Thinking you probably wouldn't win? RBMA has received very few applications for both scholarships to date — why not give it a shot! A little time out of your day might result in attendance at the RBMA Radiology Summit in Charlotte, N.C., at a greatly reduced cost (no registration fees and some travel reimbursement)!

Applications are still being accepted for vRad Scholarships to the 2014 Radiology Summit. vRad Scholarships are available to current members of RBMA who have not attended an RBMA meeting in the past three years. The deadline to submit your application is THIS FRIDAY, March 7.

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are first time practice managers or those interested in becoming a practice manager a chance to experience the value of RBMA. 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 2014 scholarship is THIS FRIDAY, March 7.More

Become an RBMA Fellow
Fellow of the RBMA is a prestigious accomplishment to be held in high esteem by RBMA peers. RBMA is now seeking candidates for its 2014 class of fellows. The Call for Fellows packet contains fellowship background information, examples of the fellowship criteria, and the administrative procedures for how to submit your application. Applications must be submitted online. The deadline to submit an application is March 7.More

RBMA mini-Survey closes this Friday — Let us know how the 2014 CT/MRI Medicare payment cuts will impact your imaging center
RBMA is conducting a mini-Survey that collects information on the impact being faced by imaging centers and how they plan to cope with new lower Medicare payment rates for CT and MRI. Please complete this survey if you are employed by an imaging center or IDTF that is paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The survey is anonymous, and confidentiality of your response is assured; only aggregated results will be reported. Please click here to access the questionnaire. The mini-Survey will be open for participation until March 7.More

Zotec Partners amplifies its 'University' training program with new facilities, equips staff to better service RCM clients
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, the industry leader in hospital-based physician billing and practice management services, has resumed its "Zotec Partners University" program in its new state-of-the-art training facility.More

Cyberattacks moving to medicine
Health Imaging
Networks and Internet-connected devices in hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are being routinely infiltrated by sophisticated cyberattacks, according to a report released by Norse and SANS.More

Structure is eliminating errors and protecting payment
Health Imaging
The radiology report is the heart of what radiologists do and the value they hold to referrers and patients. Despite this essential role, radiologists put millions of dollars in reimbursement at risk each year, as well as open themselves up for potential embarrassment, by allowing errors to slip into their reporting or forgetting key pieces. More

ICD-10: CMS agrees to limited end-to-end testing
HealthLeaders Media
In an apparent nod to concerns raised by physicians, payors, hospitals and Congress, the federal government said that it would conduct limited "end-to-end testing" of the new ICD-10 diagnostic coding set this summer with "a small sample group of providers."More

HIMSS: IT service models ease shift of PACS to enterprise IT
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Moving control of imaging informatics from radiology to enterprise IT can spark a real culture clash. However, IT service models used by chief information officers outside of healthcare can help smooth this transition, according to a talk at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting. Dr. James Whitfill shared how an IT-based service management approach dramatically improved the situation at a large radiology practice.More

How to best leverage advisors for your practice: Part I
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy radiology practice owners typically expand by adding employees, making additional investments and moving into ancillary activities on which they can bill. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their practices — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This complexity necessitates a team of advisors for assistance. This article discusses why a successful radiology practice needs a team of knowledgeable and diverse advisors.More

Strengthen your radiology technical partner relationship
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
How do you strengthen your relationship with your technical partners? Be part of their work and effort to grow their business. Be a visible part of the radiology enterprise. The traditional ways of doing this would be things like business cards and perhaps lunchtime visits to practices with marketers. Those still have their place and if you have a marketing partnership, have your marketer carry the cards and visit with them. More

Payors rushing to size up HIE enrollees
Imaging Biz
According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal, payors are clamoring to get the data on the four million people who federal regulators say have signed up so far for coverage in the health insurance exchanges. Despite the prediction that a majority of the new patient population will be young and relatively healthy, payors suspect that details released so far aren't enough to determine a full risk evaluation. More

Rule-making process has begun for Stage 3 of meaningful use
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program being delayed until 2017, rule-making for the program is under way. And the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee, which advises federal officials on the program, recently released its first set of draft recommendations. The first draft of recommendations had a definite focus on patient engagement, coordinating care and measuring outcomes. It also included seven new objectives and several carry-over objectives from Stage 2.More