Apr. 9, 2014

Watch for Ra-DEAL-ology deals in your email
Ra-DEAL-ology is a limited time DEAL offered through RBMA by participating industry vendors and suppliers. Ra-DEAL-ology will offer members discounts or special incentives towards products or services available for radiology practices. The DEALs are available for a limited amount of time and must be redeemed with the participating vendor during the active time of the deal.

Active deals are also posted here.More

Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A Case Study to be live-streamed from the Radiology Summit
For the first time in RBMA history, a one-hour conference session will be broadcast via streaming media from the Radiology Summit. Sponsored by Merge Healthcare, Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A Case Study will include panelists Robert Barr, MD, FACR; Theodore Kerner Jr., MD; William Pickart, MBA; Joseph Racanelli, MD; Edward Rittweger, MD, MACR; and Douglas Smith, FRBMA. They will present a case study of three to four radiology group joint venture networks formed in different regions of the country for similar as well as individually unique purposes.

All RBMA members may participate in the live-stream session at no cost! Please be sure and register here to obtain the log-in information.

If you would like to see the live presentation, register to attend the Radiology Summit today!

Radiology Summit
May 4-7
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.

MedLearn supplies study resources for the Radiology Coding Certification Exam
Sitting for the Radiology Coding Certification exam this year? RBMA has partnered with MedLearn to develop the following tools to prepare for the exam:

For those seeking to keep their RCC current with continuing education units, the 2014 Online Read-and-Test Series allows RCCs to earn CEUs without leaving the office!

For more details on the above products visit http://www.rbma.org/Online_Coding_Education/.More

Thank you RBMA Milestone Members!
Sincere and abundant thanks to our Milestone Members who have reached significant milestones with us in 2014! Membership is the lifeblood of RBMA, and we are so pleased that you have trusted us as a partner in your career. Milestone Members were issued certificates of achievement and will be displayed year round on our website.

Special thanks to the following individuals who achieved 30 years of membership with RBMA in 2014:
James Antonacci Katherine Kirihara
Joyce Billingsley Larry Mlynarcik
Ann Bradley Jean Pierce
Stephen Duvoisin John Pugh
Anthony Fertitta Larry Strickland
Barry Haberman Scott Wallace
Tom Herald

We look forward to continuing to provide all of our members the top-notch services, education and networking you have come to expect from us each year.

If you have any questions about the Membership Milestones program please contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

Please vote for the 2014 Slate of Candidates by this Thursday
The Annual Meeting of Members of the Radiology Business Management Association will be held at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, May 6, at approximately 8:30 a.m. RBMA's Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3, require notification not more than sixty (60) and not less than five (5) days prior to the date of such meeting.

RBMA conducts the election of the Slate of Candidates for the RBMA Board of Directors electronically. This allows members who do not attend the Radiology Summit to participate in the election.

Only voting (ACT and 2ND) members may vote on the Slate of Candidates, which consists of nominees for two Regional Director and four Director-At-Large positions. All voting members should have received the link for the electronic ballot. If you have not received it send a message to vote2014@rbma.org. Ballots are due by April 11.

The results of the election will be announced at the 2014 Annual Members' Meeting and the new directors will take office immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting.

Click here to review the candidates.More

Radiology salaries are down — now what?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Surveys are an interesting interface between the objective and subjective. On the one hand, you have the often-illogical, fickle (when not downright random) attitudes and behaviors of humans being surveyed, and on the other, there is the reliable, number-crunchability of data obtained in the process. Even if one cannot fathom why the surveyed population answered as they did (I refer you to the "Family Feud" TV game show), one can generate all sorts of science-y statistics and pictorial renditions of their responses. More

ICD-10: Fact or fiction
By Charlotte Bohnett
As with any major change, the rumor mill churns at a mighty pace. With all the hearsay, telephone games and disbursement of misinformation, it's easy for the myths to swallow the truth. No worries, though. We're here to sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to the latest information on ICD-10. The first bit of fiction is that coders will spend an overwhelming amount of time dealing with external cause codes.More

Imaging Biz
It's full steam ahead as the health insurance exchange open enrollment period comes to a close. With the announcement that 7 million individuals have enrolled in the plan, many changes are expected based on this new patient population.More

Long-term fix dead, Senate passes 1-year SGR patch
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
With hopes dashed for a permanent fix, on March 31 the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 64 to 35, cleared legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to implement a 13-month patch to stave off cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula, set to go into effect April 1.More

How the ICD-10 delay affects physicians, healthcare
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Without the actual coding system being uttered by a single member of the U.S. House or Senate, Congress approved a one-year extension for the move to ICD-10. More

ACOs show uneven progress
HealthLeaders Media
The first numbers for Medicare's biggest accountable care experiment under the Affordable Care Act show mixed results for improving quality and reducing costs. Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months trying to do so, according to newly released CMS data. More

MedPac calls for payment change for echo, nuclear cardiology
Cardiovascular Business
Citing echocardiograms and nuclear cardiology as examples of distorted incentives, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) recommends aligning outpatient prospective payment rates to physician office rates. The change could trim $264 off hospital payments for certain echo procedures. In a report to Congress published in March, MedPac proposed ways to reduce Medicare costs without affecting the quality of care.More

Why walk-in health care is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains
The Washington Post
It was a cold Monday in late March, and at 8:30 a.m. 23-year-old Lindsey Menard was second in line to be seen at the MinuteClinic in a CVS Pharmacy in D.C.'s Tenleytown. "It was the closest place that was open early," she said. Her doctor's office was downtown, and traveling downtown "just seemed like too much of a hassle when I'm dying," said Menard, 23, who lives nearby with her parents and teaches with the Metro D.C. Reading Corps. More