Apr. 8, 2015

Why learn online?
The online training market is expected to grow by 13 percent per year up to 2017. Today, 77 percent of U.S. companies offer online training to improve the professional development of their employees.

RBMA U is pleased to offer Radiology Business 101 — an online course designed for new practice managers, anyone interested in a business career in radiology, or industry professionals looking for refresher courses.

The program includes eight modules that correspond to the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge with a choice of six courses per module. Participants can enroll in the full program or purchase individual courses.

The online learning environment of Radiology Business 101 provides participants with the following benefits:

Convenience — participants can access the training on their schedule when they have the time

Immediate and cost-effective — learning without distractions and costly travel expenses

A good return on investment — adds to an individual's personal growth as well as increases their value in the organization

Click here for more information on RBMA U and Radiology Business 101!More

How do you remain relevant in your career?
Join David J. Jakielo, CHBME, when he presents Success Strategies for Radiology Professionals at the upcoming Radiology Summit. Examine the success skills and leadership style you will need to remain successful, as well as how to continue your development and outline the responsibilities of today's professional.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

Exhibitors! Only 11 booths remain at the Radiology Summit
The Exhibit Hall is selling out fast. If you would like to reserve a booth at the discounted rate, complete and submit your booth space application by April 24.

Reach over 300 radiology business professionals with buying power this June in Las Vegas!

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Roll the dice! Update your RBMA profile for a chance at a FREE Summit registration in Vegas!
You have until this Friday to use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA to track more accurate demographics about our membership! If you update your account by April 10, you will be entered to win a FREE registration (valued at $760) to the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, June 7-10, or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining on or before April 10 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 selected on April 13 and notified via email.

Edit your profile now to enter!

Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? A/R Survey deadline extended to April 17
RBMA is currently collecting accounts receivable data for 2014. The original deadline to submit data was last Friday, but has been extended to next Friday, April 17. Your participation is critical to the validity of the results. Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your practice's or billing clients' data.


Itching to get back to an RBMA meeting? vRad can help with that!
If you haven't been to an RBMA meeting in the past three years, you likely qualify for a scholarship!

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

Download free modifier 59 subsets white paper by Jeff Majchrzak, MedLearn Publishing
Modifier 59 (distinct procedural service) is one of the most commonly used, and misused, modifiers. As a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created, in late 2014, a subset of four "X" modifiers that providers may use to more accurately identify specific situations. Unfortunately, the agency did not supply detailed guidance on when or how to assign these, and providers must determine how the new modifiers can be properly used until that is forthcoming.

In this white paper, Panacea radiology consultants draw from their in-depth and long-term experience — but not official CMS guidance — to offer radiology providers scenarios where multiple procedures might be done on the same patient on the same date of service. Such occasions would prompt use of the new X modifiers.More

CMS changes guidance on PQRS requirement for EPs who work with IDTFs
On Feb. 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did something rare. It admitted it was wrong and owed physicians money.More

McKesson provides Illinois radiology group with revenue cycle, financial management assistance
Company will also offer payor contracting and strategic planning support
Elmhurst Radiologists SC, a 12-physician imaging practice based in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Ill., has selected McKesson Business Performance Services (McKesson) to provide integrated revenue cycle, financial management and strategic consulting services. Partnering with McKesson will create continuity across the group's billing and financial processes, while enabling effective planning for the future.More

ICD-10: Physicians remain skeptical about Oct. 1 start
HealthLeaders Media
For years physicians' associations have successfully lobbied the federal government to delay the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic coding set. Now, with the ICD-10 implantation date looming on Oct. 1, a survey of more than 1,100 physicians, payors, and vendors from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange finds that the biggest obstacle to industry readiness is the belief that there will be another delay.More

Top tips on making joint ventures tip top
Imaging Biz
While independence once held great value and autonomy, joint ventures now allow radiology groups of all sizes to work smarter. Radiology practices benefit from the clinical and business intelligence and improved performance analytics JVs can bring, as well as the potential for predictive and prescriptive analytics, increased access to radiology capacity and sub-specialized radiology talent, benchmarking and economies of scale. More

The problem with Congress's new plan to pay Medicare's doctors
John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi are still taking a bow for their recent bipartisan triumph: cutting a $214 billion deal to finally throw out Medicare's broken payment system. But lost in the kumbaya moment is widespread concern that the new way Medicare is going to pay doctors forces the government to do something it's not very good at: measure how good — or bad — doctors are at their jobs. Worse, the new bill doesn't say much about how the government is meant to accomplish this task.More

Study: US spends $4 billion a year due to false positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnosis
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
Sharpening a medical debate about the costs and benefits of cancer screening, a new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors unlikely to cause problems. The study published in the journal Health Affairs breaks the cost down as follows: $2.8 billion resulting from false-positive mammograms and another $1.2 billion attributed to breast cancer overdiagnosis.More

Keeping up with changing payor policies
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
There's absolutely no doubt that, as a physician, you have had personal experience with payor hijinks. Ask any doc; he's got plenty of examples. But bellyaching alone won't get your claims paid. It helps to have a clear, unbiased view of the types of payor red tape that cause the most troubles and to employ effective strategies to circumvent the worst payor traps.More