Mar. 24, 2015

Never been to an RBMA meeting? vRad can help with that!
RBMA has once again partnered with vRad and will be offering six vRad Education Scholarships to RBMA programs in 2015! Multiple scholarships will be awarded to attend the 2015 Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, June 7-10! Don't miss out on your chance at a great meeting, with top-notch education featuring highly regarded speakers in a fun location. Applications must be submitted by April 24.More

Last two weeks to apply for the 2015 Bob Luther Scholarship
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 Radiology Summit or Fall Educational Conference. The application deadline for the 2015 scholarship is April 3.

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

The deadline to apply for RBMA fellowship has been extended
The RBMA Board of Directors approved a fellowship program to recognize significant contributions made by RBMA members to the association and the radiology business management profession. The next class of fellows will be inducted at the RBMA 2015 Radiology Summit in Las Vegas.

The Call for Fellows packet contains fellowship background information, examples of the fellowship criteria, and the administrative procedures for how to submit your application. Applications must be submitted online. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to March 27.

If you have any questions about the nominating process, please contact Michael Mabry, RBMA's executive director, at mike.mabry@rbma.org or 888.224.7262.More

Is your practice viewed as a valued partner, competitor or invisible?
Join Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, and William Pickart, MBA, when they present Valued Partner, Competitor or Invisible: Top Ten Attributes of Radiology Groups at the upcoming Radiology Summit. Learn what radiology groups need to demonstrate to customers to achieve "valued partner" status. Find out what attributes of radiology groups lead to a perception of competitor to their hospitals, medical staff and payors; and discover behaviors and cultures that lead to radiology groups being "invisible" or out of the conversation with their hospital leadership, medical staff and payors.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

Free webinar on lung cancer screening coverage and payment
Hosted by ACR, this hour-long online session will cover Medicare's national coverage decision on lung cancer screening and provide the latest updates on payment policy by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and private payors. The presentation will be especially valuable for radiology practices, imaging centers, billers, coders, radiology business managers and health care providers. The webinar is supported by the RBMA.

Speakers will include Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR, practicing radiologist at the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Medical School / Health System and Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, practicing radiologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus. They will answer questions from the online audience during the session.

Click here to register for the webinar. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.

Lung Cancer Screening Webinar
Monday, April 6
2-3 p.m. EDT

DataMAXX — Did you know? Billing companies/MSOs can submit clients' A/R data
Accounts receivable data can be submitted by RBMA members from either practices or billing companies/management services organizations. We urge you to be proactive: If you are with a billing company/MSO, please ask your clients if you may submit their data. If you are with a practice that outsources its billing, please ask your vendor to submit data on your behalf or to provide you with the data needed to participate. All respondents will receive the official report. Click here to download the Excel® questionnaire file.

Click here or contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Has your staff completed compliance training this year?
RBMA has a low-cost solution for providing each staff member with one hour of annual training. The RBMA Compliance Training Modules are three 20-minute presentations presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC. Each module is followed by a test on the required information. After successful completion of the test, staff members who receive a passing grade of 80 percent will receive a certificate of completion. Modules can be retaken up to three times after a failed attempt. The online RBMA Compliance Training Modules allow your staff to obtain the necessary training at a convenient time, without interruption of normal workflow or the expense of holding an employee training session.

The base program is available for $99 and covers 10 employees. Additional employees may be added on for an additional fee* per person.

*Pricing is based on the number of employees from your practice registering for training.

Visit ShopRBMA to place your order.More

Medical device tax debate already heating up in 2015
MR, CT, X-ray and other medical imaging modality manufacturers that for the past two years have been subject to the 2.3 percent medical device tax may be forgiven for seeing red after reading the New York Times' editorial board’s Jan. 30 opinion piece "No Case for Killing the Medical Device Tax." However, the fact that the Times' editorial board is writing about the tax this early in the year is a testament to the industry's success in making the case for its repeal.More

Zotec Partners appoints Steve Collins as vice president of business development for its radiology division
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, LLC, a leading provider of revenue cycle and practice management services to hospital-based physicians, is pleased to announce that Steve Collins has taken a new position as vice president of business development for its radiology division.More

Three ways practice managers can be stronger leaders
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Everyone wants to be a better manager, but with so many potential areas for improvement, where does one start? We asked medical practice management experts for their thoughts on the primary areas where administrators can begin improving their skills. Here are a few of their top tips.More

Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule detailed
HealthLeaders Media
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday afternoon released the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. The agency, in a media statement announcing the move, said the proposed rules "will give providers additional flexibility, make the program simpler, and drive interoperability among electronic health records, and increase the focus on patient outcomes to improve care." More

EHR adoption up, challenges in interoperability and meaningful use remain
For all of the enthusiasm around electronic health records, the systems that providers have put in place are still limited in their effectiveness because, too often, they don't talk to one another and only add to the administrative burden that they are intended to help reduce. Those were among the complaints aired Tuesday at a Senate hearing considering the state of EHRs.More

Go 'e' or keep bleeding dollars, U.S. healthcare
Imaging Biz
The U.S. healthcare system stands to save $8 billion a year just by going electronic with six routine business transactions. But realizing the thrift will take an ongoing commitment by all healthcare stakeholders — providers, payors, vendors and government. Such is the conclusion of CAQH, the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare.More

Bipartisan coalition introduces SGR repeal bill
Health Imaging
Senate and House leaders officially introduced legislation aimed at permanently repealing and replacing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The "SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015" is very similar to bills introduced last year to end a series of temporary SGR patches and prevent large cuts to physicians' Medicare payments, according to the Senate Committee on Finance. More