Apr. 3, 2012

Training your radiologist
Does your radiologist listen to you and learn? Many of you may have had a challenging experience when designing and delivering effective training for physicians and staff. Join Melody Mulaik, PCS, FCS, CPC, CPC-H, RCC, at the RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit when she presents Ready, Set, Go! Getting Your Radiologist to Listen (and Learn!) Learn the key skills needed for effective communication that will improve the response to individual and group educational sessions, identify "show stoppers" that are hindering your effectiveness in communicating with your radiologists; and evaluate your own successes and missed opportunities.

Attend this session and more. Register to attend the Radiology Summit today!

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

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Exclusive training for practice leaders only
If you are a high-level, seasoned manager and responsible for building, maintaining and creating a successful practice, you need to attend this one-and-a-half day leadership training that will provide you with the personal analysis and tools to better interface with followers (individual leadership), teams (leader to team), and organizations (leader to larger systems.)

A 360-degree leadership assessment that will need to be completed prior to your arrival at the seminar will become your personal guide to better leadership behavior and influence.

Only 40 seats are available for this session and are nearly half sold out. Don't delay, register today!

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

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Last chance to volunteer for 2012-2013
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.

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.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 6.

For a listing of and to learn more about RBMA committees, click here. To volunteer, click here to access the online application.More

Mo Glover attended an RBMA conference for free; you can, too
Willard "Mo" Glover had never attended an RBMA conference but knew the information he would receive from one would give him a good understanding of how to build his radiology business and find out what is happening in other facilities across the country. The vRad Education Scholarship gave him the opportunity to attend RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by covering the tuition and all travel expenses.

"This was my first year attending the conference, thanks to vRad's support of local radiology practices," explained Glover. "I am excited to share what I learned with my peers and apply strategies to strengthen my practice."

vRad is now offering a $1,500 scholarship for the Radiology Summit 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 deadline to submit the application is April 20. Click here for details.More

We need data and your help!
The Imaging Center Performance Survey was last conducted in 2007. Since then, so much has changed in the medical imaging industry: the DRA, pre-authorization and multiple procedure payment reductions, to name just a few.

If you run an imaging center or IDTF, please help us out by contributing your data. The survey includes data on productivity of imaging machines and technologists, and imaging center expenses, as well as the same data on charges and collections that is collected in the A/R Survey. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to April 13.

Click here to take the Imaging Center Performance Survey.

Individuals who participate in the Imaging Center Performance Survey should also participate in the Accounts Receivable Performance Survey. To make that easy to do, we have included a check box on the A/R data section of the Imaging Center Survey so the data will be transferred over to the A/R Survey and respondents will only have to fill out a few more questions to complete the A/R Survey.

The Accounts Receivable Performance Survey should be completed by all members who provide any professional, technical or global imaging services. This 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 has been extended to April 20.

Click here to take the Accounts Receivable Performance Survey.

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

Preparing radiology for ICD-10-CM: The time to act is NOW

The clock is ticking, and much work needs to be done.

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. MedLearn is offering a four-part webcast seminar series 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.

These webcast seminars are tailored to the unique perspective and needs of radiology providers; we won't waste your time with irrelevant information!

Register today for Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: The Time to Act Is NOW!

RBMA Members will receive a discount of 10 percent off individual sessions. Click here to find out how to apply for the discounted rate.

Or, register for all four sessions and save $199 (like getting one session FREE!) Click here to register.

Seminar schedule
Date Topic
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

Calendar of events
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TRA Medical Imaging shifts from in-house billing to outsourcing to Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leading provider of specialized medical billing and practice management services for the hospital-based specialty market, announced that it will manage all billing operations for TRA Medical Imaging, out of Tacoma, Wash. After five years of licensing Zotec Partners' billing technology, TRA made the decision to completely outsource billing to the company's expert team.More

Merge Healthcare announces first radiology client to achieve Meaningful Use
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Regional Medical Imaging, based in Flint, Mich., became its first radiology client to successfully comply with CMS' federal ambulatory Meaningful Use regulations and receive stimulus incentives totaling $216,000, representing approximately one-third of the total incentives they expect to receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.More

Imaging aims to tweak California radiation law before it takes effect
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Imaging advocates are beginning their final push for changes in the California radiation protection law, hoping to have everything settled before the law takes effect in July. The language fixes, compiled in California Assembly bill AB 510, were amended and passed by the Assembly and sent on to the state Senate. The California Radiological Society and the California Hospital Association are backing the new language.More

Slideshow: Radiologist technology survey 2012
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
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

AMA to CMS: Reconsider timelines on 'imminent storm' of regulations
Health Imaging
The American Medical Association, along with state and national medical specialty societies, have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing serious concern about an onslaught of overlapping regulations that affect physicians. Programs with overlapping timelines include the value-based modifier, penalties under the e-prescribing program, physician quality reporting system and EHR incentive program, along with the transition to ICD-10.More

The health reform ruling: 4 likely scenarios
One day in June, the Supreme Court will declare whether President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law is constitutional. The next day, both parties will have to pick up the pieces. A victory in the Supreme Court — less than five months before the presidential election — doesn't guarantee that either party can win over public opinion. And it certainly doesn't signal the end of the debate over healthcare reform.More

EHR spending, DHSS enforcement on rise
Imaging Biz
Spending on EHR software and security measures is expected to top $70 billion nationwide by 2015, according to a report from Princeton, N.J. consulting group the Boyd Company. An increased emphasis by the federal government on the privacy and security of patient information is significantly responsible for this push, a fact that was underscored in remarks from Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights.More

House Republicans struggle to find allies across the aisle for Medicare overhaul
The Hill (blog)
House Republicans are struggling to make the case that their proposed Medicare overhaul has broad support. The GOP has been ramping up its argument that Democrats have, in the past, supported "premium support" reforms despite the party's united attacks against the proposal ahead of the November elections. They are trying to persuade voters that Republicans have a bipartisan plan to save the program from bankruptcy, while painting Democrats as hypocrites out to scare seniors.More