Mar. 17, 2015

RBMA member benefit: Career Center
Our full-service Career Center is designed especially for employers and job seekers involved in the business of radiology, including vendors who support the radiology industry by offering products and services.

Posting your positions and resumes on the RBMA Career Center will give you great exposure to a wide array of candidates and exciting opportunities in our professional community.

RBMA members receive 20 percent off all packages listed on the Career Center. Get your member promotion code here.

The RBMA Career Center is powered by a third party provider, so you will need to create a separate account with Association Career Network. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 866.376.0949, ext. 7048, or email tbrady@associationcareernetwork.com.

If your concerns are not addressed in a timely manner or you have additional questions, please contact RBMA at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

Catch Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs on Facebook
Over 150 attendees are in New Orleans today for one of RBMA's most popular events — Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs. If you have never been and are curious, or if you had to miss it this year, visit the RBMA Facebook page to catch a glimpse of what you are missing!

Save the date and plan to attend the Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs, March 6-8, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.More

Quest Awards winners announced today
The 10th annual Quest Awards ceremony was held today in New Orleans, La., during RBMA’s Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

The RBMA Quest Awards is a program recognizing those who have excelled in their marketing programs.

And the winners are:

Bronze – Radiology LTD
Silver – Raleigh Radiology
Gold – Charlotte Radiology

Bronze – Holmdel Imaging
Silver – Charlotte Radiology
Gold – Radiology Associates LLP

Patient Marketing
Bronze – Austin Radiolgical Association
Silver – Armada Medical Marketing
Gold – Medical Imaging of Fredricksburg

Physician Marketing
Bronze – Raleigh Radiology
Silver – Charlotte Radiology
Gold – Mountain Medical Physician Specialists

Cause-Related Marketing
Bronze – Armada Medical Marketing
Silver – Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology
Gold – Mountain Medical Physician Specialists

Ideas That WOW
Bronze – Radiology LTD
Silver – Charlotte Radiology
Gold – Radiology Associates

People's Choice
Bronze – Radiology Associates
Silver – Marketing Works
Gold – Radiology Associates

The winners and winning entries will be posted on the RBMA website in the next two weeks.

Congratulations to all award recipients!More

The deadline to submit your application for the RBMA Fellowship Program is this Friday
Fellow of the RBMA is a prestigious accomplishment to be held in high esteem by RBMA peers. RBMA is now seeking candidates for its 2015 class of fellows. Click here for information on what is required to apply for the program, examples of the fellowship criteria, and administrative procedures on how to submit your application. Applications must be submitted online. The deadline to submit an application is March 20.More

Deadline for 2015 Bob Luther Scholarship applications extended to April 3!
Don't miss your chance to attend the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas or the Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas, for FREE (or at a significantly reduced cost).

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are interested in becoming a practice manager or new practice managers a chance to experience the value of attending an RBMA meeting. The yearly scholarship recipient is awarded the opportunity to attend either the RBMA Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference. The application deadline for the 2015 scholarship is now April 3.

For more information and to apply, please click here.More

Cyber Crime Trends — Information Security Beyond HIPAA
Healthcare organizations are increasingly targeted by hackers; however, protected health information is not the primary target. Instead, hackers are targeting the financial information of patients that organizations have in their billing records and the information of employees stored in payroll databases. Join Laura Faulkner when she presents Cyber Crime Trends — Information Security Beyond HIPAA at the upcoming Radiology Summit. Learn what you can do to protect your organization against hackers!

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

DataMAXX — Did you know? Excel® A/R file calculates your indicator values
The newest and easiest way to submit A/R data, the Excel questionnaire file includes a tab that calculates your practice's values for RBMA's eight key indicators and nine additional indicators of accounts receivable performance. You will be able to compare your values with statistics calculated for all respondents in the official report. (Your values also will be provided automatically in reports you run through a DataMAXX practice subscription.)

RBMA is accepting 2014 A/R data from practices and billing companies through April 3. Click here for details and files.

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

Recorded webinars are available for RBMA members for FREE
A benefit of RBMA membership is complimentary access to previously recorded webinars. The repertoire includes:

Visit ShopRBMA to order and download your copy.More

5 tips for getting reporters to listen
At the RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting in New Orleans, Marcia Golden, managing partner of the New York City marketing company DJD/Golden presented on "How to Outwit Clever Reporters and Convince Them to Write About Your Group."More

Consumerism in imaging: A growing trend
Consumer choice of a provider will be more prevalent than ever before. They will seek not only value in price, but demand quality, convenience, and eventually other perks with their purchasing. Being proactive will help with this.More

Marketing data — Readily available at little or no cost
Although it is generally a good idea to invest in a formal marketing plan, well-designed collateral materials, and a plan for ongoing relationship management, it is also important to recognize the funds' limitation for these types of activities. If a radiology practice wants to embark on some limited marketing, particularly relationship management, valuable information in existing systems allows it to pursue such endeavors.More

Strategies for getting paid at your medical practice
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
There's absolutely no doubt that, as a physician, you have had personal experience with payor hijinks. Ask any doc; he's got plenty of examples. But bellyaching alone won't get your claims paid. It helps to have a clear, unbiased view of the types of payor red tape that cause the most troubles and to employ effective strategies to circumvent the worst payor traps.More

MedPAC takes long view despite 1 percent drop in imaging volume
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
There was a 1 percent drop in imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary between 2012 and 2013, according to new figures released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. But despite the decline, MedPAC is pointing out that the use of imaging services remains higher than it was a decade ago. "The growth in use of imaging and tests has led to concerns about appropriate use of these services," MedPAC wrote in its March report to Congress. More

Ongoing staff training is essential to EHR success
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Usability seems to be one of the consistent shortcomings of many EHR systems. Growing dissatisfaction with EHRs can also be traced back to poor training of practice staff members. Mary Griskewicz, senior director of healthcare information systems for the Health Information and Management Systems Society, said work flow is still a challenge in many practices. More

Medicare's new ACO model aims to smooth cash flow
HealthLeaders Media
With the announcement of a new accountable care payment model last week, federal officials are forging ahead with their efforts to boost value-based payments for Medicare services. The Next Generation ACO model unveiled last week seeks to advance Medicare's accountable care payment initiatives, according to Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer and deputy administrator for innovation and quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.More