Mar. 27, 2012

Question of the week
Which claims clearinghouse services do you use?

Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:

Does your practice anticipate changing RIS/PACS systems in 2012?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Deadline to reserve hotel room at discounted rate for Radiology Summit is April 26
RBMA has reserved a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy. To reserve your room, your registration must be processed with an approved payment. Once your application has been processed, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you within five business days. It will contain a code with which to reserve your hotel room at the special RBMA rate.

Make sure you plan ahead and leave yourself enough time to obtain the hotel code! Register today.

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

Click here for conference details.

Ditto for the Executive Education Seminar
The same process outlined above for reserving a hotel room for the Radiology Summit applies here as well.

In addition, if you register for both the Executive Education Seminar and the Radiology Summit at the same time, you will receive $150 off registration for the Radiology Summit. The discount is not available to those registering at the Additional RBMA Member rate.

Executive Education Seminar
May 19-20
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®
Orlando, Fla.

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vRad will pay your way to RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit
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.

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Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: The Time to Act Is NOW
A 4-part webcast seminar series hosted by
Is it too soon for radiology providers to begin preparing for the switch to ICD-10 coding? Maybe the better question is: Is it too late? The answer to both: NO. 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. From this series of MedLearn webcast seminars, 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.

Click here for details.More

Call for volunteers
This is your opportunity to enhance your professional resume and be a proactive part of a dynamic, forward-moving organization. Volunteers are the pulse of the association, providing time and talent to help RBMA continue building the business of radiology. RBMA fulfills its promise to provide exceptional experiences, a vibrant community and essential tools, only as a result of the time and knowledge volunteered by members.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 6.

For a listing and descriptions of RBMA committees, click here. To volunteer, click here to access the online application. Step forward and volunteer. You will experience personal and professional growth that can make a real difference in your life, in your work and in your organization.More

Improve your practice's performance with RBMA data
One of the top-rated RBMA benefits is access to data contributed by members and presented in an aggregated form. The derived statistics provide information for utilization, outcome measurement, productivity and financial management purposes. RBMA surveys provide radiology business managers with statistics with which they may:

However we can't help you without your help. The Imaging Center Performance 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 category. The survey should take no more than three hours to complete. The deadline to participate has been extended to April 6.

Click here to take the Imaging Center Performance Survey.

The Accounts Receivable Performance Survey collects data on charges and charge offsets (adjustments and write-offs), collections and collection offsets (refunds and returned checks), and A/R aging. The report presents statistics on eight key indicators (including adjusted collection percentage and days charges in A/R) and nine other indicators. These indicators, reported by type of services billed and by respondent characteristics, may be used to benchmark your practice internally over time as well as against other similar practices. The deadline to participate is April 6.

Click here to take the Accounts Receivable Performance Survey.

Bonus! All participants receive a copy of the results FREE!More

Be an RBMA superstar as a Member promoter
RBMA counts on our members to help our community of radiology business professionals to grow every year. And the best way to do that is to actively participate in RBMA's Member-Get-A-Member campaign to recruit new members. In return for your participation, RBMA will reward you with a valuable prize based on the number of members you recruit!

In the end, everyone is a winner!

Every new member who joins RBMA and credits you with the referral will qualify you for a prize.

For details and a list of prizes, click here.More

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

Merge Healthcare Clinical Trials Division forms alliance with AG Mednet
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions and clinical trials software, announced a partnership with AG Mednet, a global medical image collection and delivery service, to provide life sciences companies with a full suite of tools to manage imaging clinical trials worldwide.More

DR Systems lands contracts for Cardiovascular Information Systems
DR Systems
DR Systems, the 2011 KLAS® No. 1 ranked overall PACS vendor, announced new contracts with four facilities for the company's Unity Cardiovascular Information System.More

Despite House vote, IPAB lives
Health Leaders Media
The recent House vote to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board provides Republicans and some Democrats with symbolic bragging rights and not much more. There's very little likelihood that the Democrat-controlled Senate, which is home to some of IPAB's biggest boosters, will even take up the issue during this legislative session. That means IPAB, which is part of the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, remains the law of the land ... for now.More

MITA director: MedPAC report 'frees up the conversation' about imaging
Imaging Biz
The widely reported decline in 2010 of diagnostic imaging spending and utilization announced by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission demonstrates to policymakers the value of medical imaging on multiple fronts, says Gail Rodriguez, executive director of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. "When utilization rates and spending decrease that rapidly and that dramatically, I think the key takeaway is that imaging is just not a cost driver in Medicare," Rodriguez says.More

Radiology finds a lot to like with new iPad
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology professionals seeking to deploy Apple's new iPad for viewing medical images will find a lot to like in the latest iteration of the tablet computer, including its high-resolution Retina display, which gives the device the resolution of a 3-megapixel PACS monitor. While noting that the new iPad still has room for improvement, several prominent researchers and vendor representatives contacted by AuntMinnie.com believe the tablet's new capabilities offer considerable added value in radiology. More

Balancing your payer mix: A critical necessity for your practice
Physicians Practice
We all know that having balance in all things is imperative for a happy life. You have your work-life balance. Your financial portfolio (hopefully) has some balance. Your diet (hopefully) is balanced. Is your payer mix balanced? If you find that one of your consistent payers has more than 20 percent of your A/R, then it is time to roll up your sleeves and take a look at what can be done.More

ACC: Consider 'cost efficiency' for echo and chronic CAD
Health Imaging
When it comes to cost effectiveness, echocardiography and chronic coronary artery disease, consider rethinking the terminology. That was one message from a March 25 presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 61st annual scientific session. "There are no good cost-effectiveness data on echo in chronic CAD, and by that I mean established CAD," said Pamela S. Douglas, MD, of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. More

Free health clinics at a crossroads
Kaiser Health News
Free health clinics have long been places people turn to when they don't have health insurance or money to pay for care. But the health law’s expansion of coverage puts free clinics in uncharted territory. While the law goes before the Supreme Court this week, health providers are already gearing up for a surge in patients with insurance in 2014.More