Mar. 20, 2012

Over 20 concurrent sessions to choose from at Radiology Summit
Choose between five different concurrent sessions during each time frame. For the sessions you are not able to attend, you will be able to download the audio files approximately two weeks after the Radiology Summit.

Join your friends and colleagues this spring in Orlando for the biggest radiology business event of the year!

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

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Attend the RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit FREE
Are you a third-year RBMA member but have never attended an RBMA conference? Well, here is your opportunity to attend FREE.

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

Preparing radiology for ICD-10-CM: 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:

May 1: The Far-Reaching Impacts
July 19: Establishing Internal Processes & Roles
Sept. 13: Mission-Critical Documentation & Training
Nov. 6: Drilling Into Real-World Case Studies

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The 2012 Imaging Center Survey closes in 3 days
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.

The deadline to complete the survey is March 23.

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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 charged 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.

The due date for this survey is April 6.

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Calendar of events
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MedPAC report confirms imaging drop, but focuses on long term
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Although imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary fell by 2.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, the decline represents just a fraction of the overall rapid growth of imaging procedures over the past decade, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual report to Congress. While acknowledging the 2010 decline in Medicare imaging volume in its March 15 report, the agency stressed that the data should be kept in context. More

Slideshow: Radiologist Technology Survey 2012
Diagnostic Imaging
How do your technology decisions stack up compared with your peers? In this year's Technology Survey, from Physicians Practice journal, 54 radiologists weighed in on tech trends. It was almost an even split with 53 percent of respondents working in an independent practice and 47 percent hailing from a hospital or integrated delivery network. More

The health law and the Supreme Court: A primer for oral arguments
Kaiser Health News
How big is the constitutional challenge to the Obama healthcare law, which the Supreme Court will hear March 26-28? For starters, it's big enough for the justices to schedule six hours of arguments — more time than given to any case since 1966. After all, the Affordable Care Act is arguably the most consequential domestic legislation since the creation of Medicare in 1965. More

eHealth Innovation: CIOs discuss IT initiatives, future needs
Health Imaging
A panel of CIOs from various Northeastern provider settings discussed their organizations' IT initiatives and their future IT needs during the inaugural eHealth Innovation Conference on March 15. Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Mass., went live with SAFEHealth.org, its homegrown health information exchange in 2009, explained Larry Garber, MD, medical director for informatics. More

Love for CMS 5010 compliance deadline roll-back not universal
Imaging Biz
In authorizing a second deadline extension for compliance with its 5010 EHR standards this week, CMS is extending the timetable for providers and payers by another 90 days. A high-profile request from the Medical Group Management Association may have featured prominently in this decision. In February 2012, the group insisted that postponement was the only way to alleviate payment disruptions that would result from systems being put online prematurely.More

Lease and learn
Imaging Economics
As hospital managers are faced with important decisions regarding technology and equipment upgrades, odds are they are using leases as a financing solution. Hospitals lease almost everything — from large-scale items like diagnostic imaging machines and real estate to the utensils in the dining facility. Is your hospital ready for possible accounting changes on the horizon that will impact how you report leases?More