Mar. 18, 2014

Question of the week
How does your practice handle night-time reads, and has it recently changed or are you considering a change?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Under what circumstances does your group pay for malpractice tail coverage for partner or employee radiologists who leave the group?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Member benefit: RBMA Forums
All RBMA members have the benefit of participating in RBMA Forums — the best way to network and share information. The forums are essentially a listserv, allowing you to send and receive emails to/from your preferred email address — so you can post your own inquiries or respond to others from the comfort of your own email account!

RBMA offers six forums to members, including:

Forums are a members-only benefit, but RBMA does permit forum-only subscriptions to the Coding, Practice Management and Marketing forums for staff of RBMA members for $100 per forum, per year.

Members are not automatically subscribed to the RBMA Forums, as there are six to choose from, as well as different subscription options (some forums are available in a digest format), Use our online subscription form to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your delivery preferences. You can also use this form to subscribe members of your staff (you will be emailed an invoice).

If you have questions about the forums or the subscription process, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

There is still time to update your member profile and win a Radiology Summit conference registration
All members who complete or update their member profile by the end of this month will be entered into a drawing to win a free conference registration for the Radiology Summit. Update your profile for a chance to win a free conference registration! Taking the small amount of time to do this could give you the opportunity to win free education, networking and a great time in Charlotte!

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

Attendees are invited to experience NASCAR at the Radiology Summit
After two days of racing around the Westin Charlotte from session to session and racing around the Exhibit Hall, attendees have the option of really encountering the NASCAR experience at a special event to be held on Tuesday, May, 6, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Join fellow attendees for an afternoon of fun-filled competition at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located just a short walk from the conference hotel. Teams will compete to earn points through a series of challenges, including a simulated pit stop, a driving simulation on an actual NASCAR track, and a scavenger hunt that will lead you to all kinds of discoveries throughout the Hall of Fame! Separate fee required. A limited number of spots are available.

Register today.

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

Conference Concierge program assists new members and first-time attendees to RBMA conferences
A Conference Concierge (CC) is a veteran conference attendee who is matched with a new member or first-time conference attendee to assist with conference questions, networking, session selection, or any other questions one might have about an RBMA conference.

Through the program, created by the RBMA Membership Committee, Conference Concierges will be matched up with new members or first-time attendees who have requested a CC prior to the RBMA conference (both the Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference). The pair will meet in person at the New Member and First-Time Attendee Reception, held on the opening day of the conference, prior to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening festivities.

To volunteer as a Conference Concierge for the 2014 Radiology Summit or to request to be paired with a concierge, please select the appropriate options in the "Special Programs" section when registering. If you've already registered and did not include those options, please email us at membership@rbma.org to be included in the program.More

Save the date for RBMA's 2015 Building Better Marketing Programs
The 2014 Building Better Marketing Programs was held this past week in Long Beach, Calif. With more than 140 registrants, this seminar was one of the best attended.

The robust program, along with the addition of the new interactive mobile app, gave attendees the opportunity to become more engaged and return home with a wealth of information.

The seminar was so successful that everyone is already asking where and when the seminar will be next year. So mark your calendar and save the date for:

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

Interpreting HIE enrollment numbers
Imaging Biz
CMS reported on March 11 that enrollments in the national health insurance exchanges have reached 4.2 million individuals, with 20 days until the enrollment deadline. While this number is not close to the originally targeted 6 million enrollees, the administration is touting this as a successful achievement.More

Choices, mandates, and decisions in age of meaningful use
Radiology Business Journal
The 2014 technology-acquisition roadmap looks a lot like the map from last year, which is to say that it resembles a bare-bones diagram that often fails to show road closures and detours. Many radiology directors in hospitals and private practices have nonetheless navigated the IT/workflow roadblocks, realizing that many of the hurdles have come courtesy of meaningful use. More

Structure is eliminating errors, 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

World x-ray market expected to exceed $4B by 2018
Health Imaging
The global x-ray market is expected to grow from $3.6 billion to $4.23 billion by 2018, according to a report published by Kalorama Information on March 12. Kalorama conducted a complete survey of the imaging market and discovered several trends that are continuing to drive the market. These include technology, the aim for healthcare cost control and the aging population. More

Why I won't collect deductibles, coinsurance at time of service
Physicians Practice (registration required)
By Leann DiDomenico McAllister: I am currently overwhelmed with the reprocessing of claims that are well over a year old. I'm not going to name the insurance companies that are currently causing me pain; the truth is all the payors do things like this from time to time, so it wouldn't be professional to single a few out for something they have all been guilty of. More

Rating sites becoming an important tool for patients
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite physicians' dislike of online rating sites, a survey finds patients are increasingly relying on them when shopping for a new doctor. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School found that when choosing a doctor, physician rating sites weren't ranked as high as other factors such as word of mouth from family and friends or whether a physician accepts the patient's insurance. But there is evidence the rating sites have become an important tool. And use of them is likely to continue growing.More

MedPAC: Short-term drop in imaging offset by long-term growth
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary decreased by 3.2 percent from 2011 to 2012, but the use of imaging services has remained much higher than it was a decade ago, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual report to Congress. The agency recognized the decline in Medicare imaging volume in a report, but it focused on the fact that overall cumulative growth in imaging volume from 2000 to 2009 totaled 85 percent, compared with a cumulative decrease in imaging volume since then of about 7 percent.More

Researchers link ICD-10 shift to financial losses
HealthLeaders Media
Healthcare providers will see clinical and billing information and financial losses during the mandated switch to ICD-10 disease classification set later this year, a new study suggests. The University of Illinois at Chicago study, published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, looked at entry ambiguities for hematology-oncology diagnoses in anticipation of the challenges providers may face during the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, which takes effect Oct. 1. More