Apr. 21, 2015

RBMA 2015 Radiology Summit deadlines fast approaching
The last day to register for the 2015 Radiology Summit at the discounted rate is May 15. After May 15, prices will increase by $80 until June 1. On-site pricing will then increase another $100.

The last day to apply for space in the Exhibit Hall at a discounted rate is April 24. After April 24, the price for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth space will increase by $200 for RBMA Corporate members and $250 for non-members. The Exhibit Hall is nearly sold out (only five booth spaces left).

Don't press your luck in Las Vegas. Register or apply today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

DataMAXX — Did you know? It's never too late to submit data
Although the extended deadline to submit 2014 accounts receivable data for inclusion in the official report was last Friday, it's not too late to submit your practice's or billing clients' data. With DataMAXX, you can submit data at any time and receive results for free. Once your data have been accepted, you will be able to run structured queries through DataMAXX to view up-to-date results that include your data. To participate, simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA. Data are confidential, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Click here or contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Merge Healthcare offers Clinical Decision Support: Standardized Processes for 2017 Deadlines webinar free to RBMA members
In March 2014, as a part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, new legislation was enacted to mandate the use of Clinical Decision Support for advanced imaging. Because the act also delayed ICD-10 and the SGR, this component may have been overlooked. However, it will have a dramatic effect on the current imaging ordering process. Join co-hosts Julie Pekarek, vice president, solutions management at Merge Healthcare, and Michael Bohl, CEO at Radiology Group, PC, SC, as they present a webinar to help you understand both the legislation and the progress made to date on ensuring that providers are ready to implement it. We are at a critical point in this process, as the proposed workflow standards are currently out for public comment. Educate yourself on the rule and the current progress, so that you can add your voice to the dialogue.

April 30
11 a.m.-noon CDT

This webinar is free to RBMA members but requires registration to obtain call-in information.More

RBMA Michigan Chapter Spring Managers Meeting
The Michigan RBMA Chapter Spring Managers Meeting will be held May 1 at The Hagerty Conference Center, Room D, NMC Great Lakes Campus, in Traverse City, Mich.

Click here for reservation information and details.More

Congratulations to the 2015 Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship winner, Jammia Shea!
We are pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship is Jammia Shea, billing operations liaison for Medical Center Radiologists, Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va. Jammia will have the opportunity to meet and network with other practice managers at the 2015 Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, June 7-10 and take full advantage of RBMA's motto, "Progress Through Sharing."

The Scholarship, created in 2007, recognizes the spirit of volunteerism and leadership that the late Bob Luther, who served the RBMA as Board president from 1998 to 1999, embodied. The scholarship is awarded yearly to first-time practice managers or individuals interested in becoming practice managers. The RBMA Membership Committee reviews and selects a scholarship winner each spring.

For more information on the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship, please visit our website.More

RBMA to present several sessions at the ACR 2015 —The Crossroads of Radiology
Members of the Radiology Business Management Association have developed the following education sessions for ACR 2015™ — The Crossroads of Radiology, the all-new annual meeting of the ACR, May 17–21, in Washington, D.C.:

View the full ACR 2015 program at acr.org/acr2015program.More

Becoming a radiology certified coder has just gotten more affordable: New, lower fees for 2015 — save $100!
As part of its new strategic direction which aims to put certification in reach of more radiology coders, the Radiology Coding Certification Board approved new exam fees for 2015 effective with the May exam.

The new exam fees of $485 for RBMA and AHRA members and $535 for non-members represent a savings of $100 from last year's rates. If you already registered for the May exam, your application will be processed at the new lower rates automatically. The fees for retaking the exam are unchanged.

RCCB is able to offer such tremendous savings because the RCCB will now be loaning the CPT® and ICD-9 books to examinees as references for the test free of charge.

Apply to take the RCC exam today and save $100! Applications for the RCC exam can be found here.More

SGR bill left out device tax repeal
After 17 years and more than a dozen separate acts by Congress, the universally despised sustainable growth rate formula was finally repealed this month through bipartisan Congressional action. However, to reach agreement among legislators, the more than $200 billion SGR deal was kept as narrow as possible. Numerous other legislative fixes were left out, including items backed by lobbying powerhouses like the American Association of Retired Persons.More

New advertising opportunity in the RBMA Washington Insider
RBMA recently launched a weekly eNewsletter focusing on the latest legislative and regulatory updates and activity. It is sent out every Monday to the entire RBMA membership and more!

There are a few banner advertising spots available for corporate members. Two sizes are offered with a frequency up to 52 times a year (each week). The Washington Insider has averaged a 60 percent open rate that is increasing since its inception a couple of weeks ago.More

South Sound Radiology enters new revenue cycle management agreement with Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners' sophisticated billing technology will meet challenges of shifting payment responsibilities
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of revenue cycle management services for radiology practices, is pleased to announce an exclusive new RCM partnership with South Sound Radiology in Olympia, Wash.More

MBMS' vice president of practice management, Jason Cavallaro, is featured speaker at the Northeast Chapter/RBMA meeting in Fort Lee, N.J.
As the chapter's title sponsor, Cavallaro will represent MBMS as he delves into the topic of denial management. In today's radiology marketplace, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get paid for the work that gets completed on a day-to-day basis. One of the primary contributors to decreased payments is a practice's denial rate. Regardless of whether your practice is handling the billing internally or using a third-party vendor, it is critical to know and understand the "how and why" surrounding denials and further define "root causes." Cavallaro will be exploring areas such as: ideal reporting, the "resolution process" and the numerous benefits as well as the various ways to reduce overall denials.More

Doctors: We need to delay ICD-10 again
By Scott E. Rupp
This whole ICD-10 delay thing continues to bear some fruit, and there's still quite a bit of steam behind the effort. With rumors swirling that congressional leaders are finally ready to take action this year, many providers may not be sharing the joy, nor are they looking to celebrate. Healthcare Informatics recently commissioned a survey through QuantiaMD, and the results are not (ICD-10) friendly. Doctors are not backing down in their distaste for the mandate.More

The SGR is history. Now what?
Health Imaging
Right up until the Senate officially sealed the fate of Medicare's flawed sustainable growth rate with a 92-8 vote, it was easy to see how it all might unravel. The Senate had already pushed the vote back as far as possible due to a two-week recess, concerns about the repeal bill's cost were becoming more vocal, and six amendments were to be voted on before the final SGR repeal vote. More

The case for unpacking PACS
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Health system purchases of VNAs are outstripping PACS purchases by five times, according to presenters at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago. Presenters Trent Conwell, technical manager at Sentara Healthcare, and Eric Rice, Chief Technology Officer of Mach7 Technologies, a company that sells VNAs, highlighted the factors driving this trend. More

Pioneer ACOs saved Medicare $118 million in Year One
HealthLeaders Media
Medicare's 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations saw modest improvements in quality at a marginally lower cost in their first year of operation, a new study shows. The report, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, estimates that the Pioneer program saved Medicare about $116 per beneficiary each year, or about $118 million in 2012, its first year of operations. More

EHR implementation requires ongoing vendor communication
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Congratulations, your medical practice has selected an EHR after months of deliberation, budget considerations, and vendor demonstrations. Now comes the easy part, right? Not quite. Making sure that the product is a good fit for your medical practice means a well-defined and thought-out implementation process — and that means maintaining close ties and constant communication with your vendor. More