Apr. 22, 2014

Test your driving skills at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte
After Tuesday sessions at the Radiology Summit, join your fellow attendees for an afternoon of fun-filled competition at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located just a short walk from the conference hotel. Teams will compete to earn points through a series of challenges, including a simulated pit stop, a driving simulation on an actual NASCAR track, and a scavenger hunt that will lead you to all kinds of discoveries throughout the Hall of Fame!

A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase. To assure your participation, please reserve your spot here. On-site tickets may not be available.

The Radiology Summit is right around the corner. Be sure and register today to avoid increased registration fees on-site.

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

Can't make it to the Radiology Summit? Register for a live stream conference session delivered to your home or office!!
Group Integration and Collaboration Models – A Case Study is scheduled to be live-streamed from the Radiology Summit on Monday, May 5, from 3:45-5 p.m. EDT.

Sponsored by Merge Healthcare, the session 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 to register here to obtain the log-in information.More

Enter to win $500! Bring your A/R data to the Summit and we'll load it into DataMAXX for free!
DataMAXX 2.0 will be on display at the 2014 Radiology Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Stop by the DataMAXX table with your practice's 2012 and/or 2013 accounts receivable data on a flash drive and we will load it for free. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to DataMAXX first and complete the demographics section to speed up the process. To subscribe to DataMAXX, click here. Sample upload files, file layouts and detailed instructions are available here.

Need more of an incentive? Contribute your practice's 2012 and/or 2013 A/R data to DataMAXX by May 30 and be entered into two drawings (one per data year) for $500.More

RBMA partners with ACR on practice management themed Bulletin
The ACR Bulletin is the monthly magazine that keeps the American College of Radiology's 36,000 members informed on the latest developments in research, advocacy, technology, education and products. The ACR's April issue is dedicated to practice management, and several past articles from the RBMA Bulletin are featured prominently:

Dr. Mark Bernardy, who is the ACR Director on the RBMA Board of Directors, came up with the idea of a practice management themed ACR Bulletin. "Many radiologists are playing a greater role in managing their practices," said Dr. Bernardy, "and RBMA is a great resource for this information; RBMA involvement was a natural."

The April issue of the ACR Bulletin can be viewed here.More

Prepare today for tomorrow's future! Purchase the RBMA CSI ICD-10-CM Toolkit
The ICD-10-CM Toolkit, designed by Coding Strategies and RBMA, gives the busy radiology administrator all of the tools needed to prepare the practice for the implementation of ICD-10. The ICD-10-CM Toolkit contains a model implementation plan and timeline that can be customized for your group, along with educational materials to help your radiologists document the information needed for ICD-10 coding. It also contains a full range of training and assessment materials for your coding staff, including a radiology-focused coder education presentation with coordinating handouts, coding exercises, and a coder ICD-10 competency test to ensure your coders are ready for the conversion.

Don't wait until it is too late! Start today. Order your copy here.More

Is Obamacare a success? We might not know for a while
After months of focusing on how many people have or haven't signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we now have a rough total (7.5 million), and everyone's keen to get to the bigger questions, such as: How well is the law working?More

Member benefit: RBMA Gateway redesigned!
Sporting an updated look and feel, as well as a more user-friendly design, the RBMA Community Gateway is a private portal onto which RBMA members may upload documents to share with other members. Who has time to reinvent the wheel? This ever-growing collection is designed to generate ideas, provide solutions and save you time.More

Visit RBMA's new blog!
RBMA's "Let's Talk" blog offers members a snapshot of current industry trends and a chance to comment or share through social media. Topics focus on leadership, billing, coding, marketing and vendor involvement. Please visit often and help us spread the word to your colleagues!More

How healthcare payors are tricking practices into poor contracts
Physicians Practice
By P.J. Cloud-Moulds: Something happened the other day, and I wanted to share it with you. It seems that since there are so few providers in-network with the plans offered through the health insurance exchanges, Blue Shield is really reaching to try to get practices to sign up. I have noticed that they are faxing over mini forms for front-office staff to fill out. The forms state that Blue Shield needs to "update our records with your current information."More

What radiologists should know about the CMS billing data release
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the first time published billing data for more than 880,000 healthcare providers nationwide. This information, which includes the physician's name and work address, is now searchable by other providers, patients and payors. The agency's decision to reveal this data has been controversial throughout the healthcare industry as a whole.More

The price of the ICD-10 delay
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
As the debate took place over whether the transfer to the ICD-10 code set should be delayed or go on as scheduled, one statistic was often repeated: a one-year delay would cost the healthcare system between $1 billion and $6.6 billion. Now that a delay is official — pushing ICD-10 adoption to October 2015 was included in the "doc fix" vote, which also kicked the SGR can down the road for another year — many are left with uncertainty over what this delay means and whether the prediction of a multibillion dollar loss will be realized. So where did the numbers originate and on what are they based?More

Choices, mandates, and decisions in the age of meaningful use
Radiology Business Journal
The 2014 technology-acquisition roadmap looks a lot like the map from last year, which is to say that it resembles a bare-bones diagram that often fails to show road closures and detours. Many radiology directors in hospitals and private practices have nonetheless navigated the IT/workflow roadblocks, realizing that many of the hurdles have come courtesy of meaningful use.More

Healthcare reform puts vise grips on physicians
HealthLeaders Media
When the enrollment period opened for the new health insurance exchanges in 2013, it was a signal to physicians that a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had, indeed, arrived and would start to play out in their waiting rooms this year. Other changes providers are now contending with include the implementation of ICD-10, public disclosure of any financial gain doctors receive from drug and device manufacturers because of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and attesting to meaningful use requirements.More