Mar. 13, 2012

Question of the week
Does your practice anticipate changing RIS/PACS systems in 2012?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Does your practice use accounting software (e.g., QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree) in addition to its billing system?

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Register early for Executive Education Seminar — seats are limited
The Executive Education Seminar is an RBMA leadership program targeted for radiology professionals who are looking for advanced leadership training in today's health care environment.

To get the most out of this seminar, attendance is limited to the first 40 people. In addition, registered attendees are required to complete and submit a leadership assessment prior to arriving at the seminar that includes obtaining input from coworkers.

To provide a sufficient amount of time to do the prerequisite homework, RBMA is encouraging leaders to register early. The assessment must be submitted two weeks before the seminar.

Don't delay. Sign up 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

Follow the Radiology Summit on Facebook
"Like" RBMA on Facebook and then post on our Radiology Summit event page wall! Find out who is attending, and start networking early. Watch for real-time conference coverage on Facebook during the conference.

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

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Scholarships available for RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit
Are you a new manager, striving to be a manager, or a third-year RBMA member but have 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

Try to stump a marketing expert at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
This is your opportunity to submit your most challenging marketing issue to industry experts and see if they can provide a solution. Submissions must be received in advance of the program.

If you have a doozy of a question, please submit it to angela.carroccia@rbma.org by noon ET, Wednesday, March 14. If you have not already done so, register to attend!

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

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Preparing radiology for ICD-10-CM: The time to act is NOW
The fact is, an enormous amount of work must be done before the ICD-10 compliance date — and it extends well beyond your coding and IT functions. MedLearn, Inc., is offering a four-part webcast where you'll learn the true scope of the impact on radiology providers and what you should be doing NOW to make a smooth transition to ICD-10-CM.

RBMA members will receive a discount of 10 percent off individual sessions, or register for all four and save $199!

Plan to attend one or all of the following 2012 webcasts:

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eSeries: Integrated workflow solutions: Gaining synergies from applications that work together for you
Join Tony Musilli, COO of Booth Radiology, in a discussion of the benefits of integrated workflow solutions. In outpatient radiology, workflow can be fragmented due to the dispersed environment for many of the staff and the constant need to send and receive information among many providers and sites. Workflow applications can exacerbate these issues if they are not properly integrated. Tony will discuss his experience in bringing together an integrated environment for his organization and the benefits they have experienced as a result.

Tuesday, March 20
Noon-1:30 p.m. Central Time

Sponsored by

This webinar is FREE and only available to RBMA Members.

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Deadline to participate in 2012 Imaging Center Survey has been extended
The due date for the Imaging Center Survey has been extended to March 23. All RBMA members with imaging centers are strongly encouraged to participate. The 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 modality and expense category.

Each 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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The 2012 Accounts Receivable Performance Survey is now open!
RBMA's Accounts Receivable Performance Survey is a compilation of statistics regarding such key indicators as adjusted collection percentage, days charges 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.

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Calendar of events
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Radiological Consultants Association shifts billing 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 Radiological Consultants Association, a multi-specialty radiology group based in DeSoto, Texas, is shifting billing from its previous provider to the company.More

Progressive Radiology chooses MMP as its billing service provider
MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive billing contract with Progressive Radiology, located in Maryland and metro Washington, D.C.More

JACR study shows business education increasingly important to radiologists
Imaging Biz
In the March Journal of the American College of Radiology, University of Washington radiologist Jonathan Medverd, M.D., reports that radiology residents and fellows feel less prepared to handle practice management issues than best practices in the ever-evolving professional landscape. Medverd, et al., cite a greater need for practical training in issues like reimbursement rates, basic accounting principles and practice governance among the next generation of radiologists.More

House committee repeals Independent Payment Advisory Board
Health Imaging
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has approved the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (HR 452), which repeals the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board, passed by voice vote without any recorded opposition. IPAB was created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and has drawn widespread bipartisan opposition.More

Teaching business side of radiology could have long-term benefits
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
It's no longer enough for radiology residents to master reading head CT scans or learn all the specifics of MRI imaging. Changing reimbursement structures and different healthcare setting models have made understanding practice management and healthcare policy a must. In a recent study published in the March Journal of the American College of Radiology, researchers determined both residents and residency directors felt including these instructional topics would greatly benefit residents on the cusp of practice.More

Making Medicare affordable: The case for imaging management
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
President Barack Obama's recent budget proposal for 2013 calls for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to institute a mandatory prior authorization program for advanced imaging services — CT, MRI, and PET — as part of a package of benefit, payment and quality reforms designed to improve the appropriateness, quality, safety and financial sustainability of the Medicare system. More

Breast imaging providers offer smart strategies
Imaging Economics
Making money is not an easy thing to do when it comes to mammography. "The technology is expensive, there are lots of regulations to follow, and not much whatsoever in the way of reimbursement," said Sherry Gage, RTM, suggesting that optimizing workflow is critical in making a new center financially successful.More

iPads may boost residents' efficiency: Study
Reuters Health via Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Giving iPads to doctors-in-training helped them be more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients in a new study from one university program. Most residents who used the devices to access patient records and coordinate their care said they cut about an hour per day off their workload. Researchers also found that the internal medicine trainees tended to put in orders for patient procedures earlier than before they got an iPad.More