Mar. 10, 2015

Registration is available on-site for Building Better Radiology Programs
Online registration has closed but you can still attend RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by registering on-site.

The registration desk will be open from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

See you in New Orleans!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 15-17, 2015
The Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, La.

Kick off the RBMA 2015 Radiology Summit with ZDogg MD
Dr. Zubin Damania, "ZDogg MD," is a YouTube rapper and a former Stanford hospital physician who takes a humorous approach toward his journey through medical school and the current culture and practice of medicine. In his upcoming keynote presentation, Health Care: Remixed, Dr. Damania will discuss new approaches to fix our health care system from the ground up.

Join Dr. Damania and many more presenters at the 2015 Radiology Summit. Register to attend today.

Radiology Summit
June 7-10, 2015
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nev.

Win a free Summit Registration to Vegas! Update your RBMA Profile to enter.
Use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA to track more accurate demographics about our membership! If you update your account between now and Friday, March 27, you will be entered to win a FREE Registration to the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., June 7-10, 2015, valued at $760, or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any 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 selected on March 31, 2015, and notified via email.

Edit Your Profile Now to Enter!
Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

Apply now for a vRad Education Scholarship to attend Radiology Summit
RBMA has once again partnered with vRad and will be offering six vRad Education Scholarships to RBMA Programs in 2015! The first scholarship was awarded for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs beginning this weekend in New Orleans, La. Scholarships remain for the 2015 Radiology Summit and 2015 Fall Educational Conference.

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling deadline basis until all available scholarships are awarded. Please submit your application by the following deadlines:

Program: Location: Application Deadline:
Radiology Summit Las Vegas, Nev. April 24, 2015
Fall Educational Conference Austin, Texas July 31, 2015

DataMAXX — Did you know? Now collecting 2014 A/R data
RBMA is now collecting A/R data for 2014! Click here for detailed information about submitting your or your clients' A/R data by Excel® questionnaire, .csv file upload or online data entry through DataMAXX, or paper questionnaire. Submit your A/R data by Friday, April 3.

When the data have been cleaned we will provide an official report (a $500 value) to participants including results as of the survey due date. The report will provide a column to enter your practice's indicator values, calculated in the Excel file, for easy comparison with overall results. Data submitted after the due date will be available for reporting through DataMAXX.

We rely on our members to provide the data used to calculate the A/R indicator statistics. Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your accounts receivable data. All data are held in complete confidentiality, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

The new library of RBMA is open
RBMA has just launched a new section on our website dedicated to industry articles that align with our Common Body of Knowledge. Articles that support Governance; Operations Management; and Quality, Compliance and Risk Management are currently available here.

If you have an article to contribute please contact Daphne Gawronski.More

Searching for other radiology-related resources?
Forget Google! Visit the RBMA website's Radiology and Imaging Industry Links for a list of RBMA preferred industry associates.More

Odds of another ICD-10 delay grow longer
In February, two significant events happened in Washington, D.C., that made Congressional passage of another mandatory delay in the implementation of the 10th revision in the International Classification of Diseases codes (ICD-10) much more unlikely.More

Survey: HHS regulations are squeezing health IT professionals
By Scott E. Rupp
New research suggests that the regulatory demands imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) are likely having a negative impact on health IT professionals. As many as 60 percent of polled healthcare IT professionals feel that government regulations are leading to the decline of their industry. According to the study, cost-cutting and containment also are cause for concern for healthcare organizations and are "exacerbated by the fact that many IT departments are already understaffed and underfunded."More

When radiologists become expert witnesses
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The radiologist's place in the courtroom isn't always at the defense table, they may also be at the witness stand — serving as an expert witness. Expert witnesses provide the jurors with scientific, specialized information, usually in a manner easily understood by the lay person, so that the jurors or judge can understand the facts of the case and render an informed decision.More

Is radiology making use of social media?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized how people communicate with each other — and how organizations reach consumers. So is radiology utilizing these tools as it seeks to reinvent itself from a volume-based field to a value-based one?More

Thanks to redundancies, system glitches present minor interruptions to radiologist workflow
Heatlh Exec
Radiology IT system hiccups that result in downtimes are generally mild and only modestly impact radiologist workflows, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Even as radiologists work in increasingly complex, multi-site medical systems, they are still being called upon to produce high quality, accurate work in a timely manner. To meet these challenges, enterprises often create complex IT informatics infrastructures that can aggregate cases from multiple sites and distribute them to geographically dispersed radiologists.More

AHIMA: Physicians' ICD-10 fears unfounded
HealthLeaders Media
Doctors' shift in focus away from trying to delay ICD-10 again and toward addressing any hiccups with the inevitable transition is seen as a positive sign by AHIMA executives.More

Under pressure: Lack of consistency results in varying mammographic compression
Health Imaging
Breast compression, while uncomfortable for some women, is a necessary component of mammography. A recent international study has shown that, because of a lack of consistent guidelines, a wide variation exists in the technical execution of scans and the compression forces used.More

Sharing patient records is still a digital dilemma for doctors
U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough.More

Italian radiologists hold favorable view of teleradiology
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Although they often have concerns about its potential impact on their practice, Italian radiologists still typically have a positive view of teleradiology and believe it has a bright future, according to a recent presentation at ECR 2015.More