Mar. 6, 2012

RBMA announces revised Member-Get-A-Member program
This is your chance to invite a few of your friends and colleagues to join RBMA and be rewarded for your effort!

RBMA has revised and enhanced the Member-Get-A-Member program. Prizes will be valued and distributed based on the number of new members existing members recruit per the following table:

Recruit Prize
1 member RBMA Team Long-Sleeved T-shirt
2-5 members $150 AMEX gift card
6-9 members $250 AMEX gift card
Over 10 members Free Conference Registration

In addition, anyone who recruits one or more new members will be entered into a quarterly drawing to win a Kindle Fire!

So start talking about RBMA to your radiology business friends and start building your recruitment inventory. At the end of the day everyone wins in this program!

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Leadership training at the Executive Education Seminar
Receive personalized leadership training at the upcoming Executive Education Seminar from two academic professors at The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. John C. Cameron, JD, LLM, and John Sosik, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, will spend a full day with 40 attendees addressing individual assessments and leadership styles.

This seminar is a must for leaders looking to develop and better understand their leadership style and those who are impacted by it.

Register today!*

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

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*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

Surviving change
One thing you can depend on is that things change. How well do you handle change, whether it is a health care merger, staff recruitment, the entering of new markets, organizational restructures, team building or performance feedback? Find out how to apply cutting-edge research and strategies to an organizational problem, how to engage others in your organization to create meaningful change and how to fine-tune any change effort you are currently working on to be more successful in the future by attending Change Management for Clinician Leaders,* presented by Mitchell Kusy, Ph.D., at the upcoming Radiology Summit.

Register today!

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

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Deadline to apply for Bob Luther Scholarship is March 15
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 FREE.

The deadline to submit your application for the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is March 15.

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Materials for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs are online
Handouts, continuing education forms and the attendee list are now posted online for seminar attendees only. All registered attendees should have received email notification with the confidential link yesterday.

If you did not receive the link please contact info@rbma.org.

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

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Only 3 days remain to participate in 2012 Imaging Center Survey
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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Is it time to negotiate your group's hospital services contract?
This is the second installment of, "Is It Time to Negotiate Your Group's Hospital Services Contract? If So, Have a Game Plan." Last month's article described some of the ways your organization can prepare for the process of negotiating a new Hospital Services Agreement. This month's article outlines key provisions your group should consider during that process.More

Consider including alternative dispute resolution in your contracts
As the cost to maintain or defend a lawsuit continues to rise, it is not surprising that the concept of alternative dispute resolution is at the forefront of physician conversations with their lawyers.More

Important changes in patent law
On Sept. 16, President Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law. This act is the most substantial patent reform in decades and brings about a number of significant changes to U.S. patent law. Inventors and patent owners, including medical device and biotech companies, will need to modify their strategies for protecting, acquiring and exploiting their innovations.More

3 new state data breach notification statutes and expiration of a grandfather clause
California, Illinois and Texas amend their breach notification obligations, and contracts with vendors storing, handling or accessing Massachusetts Personal Information must be revised.More

Court provides FMLA guidance in termination case
Not surprisingly, the Family and Medical Leave Act often creates frustrating situations for employers. Perhaps one of the most frustrating is when an employer discovers an employee's misconduct just before or while the employee is on a FMLA leave.More

Radiology Associates of Atlanta turns billing over to Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leading provider of specialized medical billing and practice management services for the hospital-based specialty market, announces that Radiology Associates of Atlanta, the exclusive provider of radiology services to Piedmont Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital and The Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center, has selected the company as its exclusive billing services provider.More

RamSoft opens Malaysia office to support sales, service in Asia-Pacific region
RamSoft, the leading provider of RIS, PACS and Teleradiology IT solutions, announced the opening of its new division, Ram Software Health Systems Sdn. Bhd., in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to better serve the needs of new and current customers in the Asia-Pacific region.More

Worldwide MRI, ultrasound revenues advance
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Worldwide revenues for MRI and ultrasound systems increased by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively, between 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from market research firm Kalorama Information. The report credited the combined use of MRI and ultrasound in imaging applications such as rotator cuff tears as one reason for increased utilization of the modalities.More

A closer look at medical imaging equipment leasing
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Rapid advancements in medical imaging are transforming patient care and enabling providers to deliver faster, more accurate diagnoses earlier; yet at the same time, many imaging providers are reluctant to invest in new equipment due to cash constraints and financial concerns. Imaging providers at private clinics and hospitals nationwide are making do with outdated equipment.More

Price disparity plus price transparency equals imaging-market turmoil
Imaging Biz
Buy a banana, and it will cost you less than a dollar per pound — unless you're in a hotel, where it might cost you twice the grocery-store price. The prices of many items readily obtainable by the consumer usually fall within a well-defined range, according to supply and demand. This is not so in health care (in general) and in medical imaging (specifically), particularly for advanced imaging such as MRI and CT exams.More

Understanding meaningful use for radiologists
Imaging Economics
Federal ambulatory meaningful use regulations provide potential bonus payments of $1.5 billion to radiologists over the next four years, with looming penalties for those eligible providers who do not comply. Until recently, most radiologists thought that they were not included in the meaningful use regulations. However, the American College of Radiology now estimates that approximately 90 percent of radiologists are eligible providers.More

Looming cuts make hospital belt-tightening increasingly difficult
Health Leaders Media
The economy might be on the rebound, but the nation's hospitals should still brace for the possibility of $360 billion in cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and other federally funded healthcare programs and services over the next decade. Moody's Investors Service said ongoing reductions in federal funding for healthcare could make it more difficult and more expensive to borrow money for hospitals that rely on Medicare.More

European women's imaging market to limp to $460 million by 2016
Health Imaging
Although most of the European women's health imaging system market will decline over the next five years, overall revenues will increase slightly as a result of growth in the breast imaging system segment, due to the introduction and adoption of more expensive and innovative systems, according to Millennium Research Group. The European economic crisis has seriously affected multiple areas in preventive healthcare, according to MRG.More