Apr. 17, 2012

Deadline to reserve Radiology Summit hotel room at discounted rate is April 26
RBMA has reserved a block of rooms at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® at a discounted rate of $209 per night for single or double occupancy. To reserve your room, your conference 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.

Please be sure to register for the Radiology Summit in the next five days to allow for time to receive the letter with the hotel code before the discount deadline.

See you in Orlando!

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

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RBMA is looking for a few good leaders
Are you up for the challenge of taking a deep look at your leadership skills and finding out how you are perceived by others? If you can take it, put on your armor and register to attend the RBMA Executive Education Seminar, where you will learn how to be the best leader you can be.

Seating is limited to the first 40 registrants and is filling up fast. Don't delay. Register today.

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

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RBMA announces new membership campaign
Do you have a friend or colleague who would benefit from being an RBMA member? If so, you might want to share an amazing opportunity with him or her. Every new member who joins RBMA in 2012 will receive the RBMA briefcase of benefits — a sample of complimentary benefits to use immediately.

The RBMA briefcase includes:

Now, new members can experience an overview of benefits in their first year of membership!

And there is something in it for you, too. For every member you refer, you will earn an award from RBMA through the Member-Get-A-Member program and be entered into a quarterly drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Start promoting and recruiting! Encourage your friends and colleagues to visit rbma.org/Special_Offer/ to learn more about RBMA and the RBMA briefcase!

*Available to new members who join by June 30, 2012; after June, RBMA bucks will be reduced to $180. $360 RBMA bucks valid for use through June 30, 2012, and will expire on that date.More

Time running out to complete Accounts Receivable Performance Survey
The Accounts Receivable Performance Survey should be completed by all members who provide any professional, global or technical 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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Acadiana Computer Systems Inc. gained 100 percent ROI by implementing Optum CAC
By implementing Optum CAC, Acadiana reduced claim denials by 5 percent, doubled the number of documents processed per hour, strengthened audit capabilities and coder support, and improved efficiencies through automation, manager tools and straight-to-bill capabilities.More

ADVOCATE wins billing, practice management agreements with Atlanta practice
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announced that it has been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreements with South Atlanta Radiology Associates in Atlanta.More

Deadline looms for comment on stage 2 MU proposals
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
What is happening with the proposed stage 2 meaningful use requirements? Not much has been said since the flurry of media coverage accompanied a preview of the new requirements by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the U.S. national coordinator for health IT, at HIMSS in February. But now is the time to speak up. More

Survey: Radiologists concerned about acquisitions, compensation
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
For this survey, we asked radiologists about the changes they are seeing in practice structures. Are radiology groups concerned about being acquired by a hospital or seeing work contracted to teleradiology companies? Have partnership tracks changed? How worried are they about pay reductions and long-term job security?More

Coding director: ICD-10 rollback reflects lessons learned from 5010 integration
Imaging Biz
Last week, the DHSS announced proposed rule changes to HIPAA that "would save health care providers and health plans up to $4.6 billion over the next ten years," according to a statement. But the big news is that the rule changes will also move back the deadline for integration with the ICD-10 disease classification codes and standards by another year.More

Healthcare jobs activity surging on social media
Health Leaders Media
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities looking to hire more doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals may want to add Facebook, LinkedIn and even Twitter to their recruitment efforts. A survey from AMN Healthcare, a San Diego-based recruitment firm, finds that people employed in healthcare have increased their use of social media to look for jobs, apply for new positions and network with colleagues. More

Is the US getting the most bang for its cancer care buck?
Health Imaging
The U.S., as has been well documented, spends more on healthcare than other developed nations, with some arguing that patients aren't getting their money's worth. When it comes to cancer care, however, U.S. cancer patients experience greater survival gains than their European counterparts, even when factoring in higher costs, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs. More

ACOs multiply as Medicare announces 27 new ones
Kaiser Health News
Despite uncertainty over how the Supreme Court will rule on the health law, a key provision intended to help transform the delivery of care is moving ahead. The Obama administration announced that 27 health systems have been selected to participate in Medicare's Shared Savings Program, which offers financial incentives for physicians, hospitals and other health care providers to team up in "accountable care organizations."More