Apr. 23, 2013

Last week to register for the Radiology Summit and SAVE!
Register to attend the RBMA Radiology Summit by April 26 to receive the discounted rate. Fees will increase after April 26 and further increase onsite.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours containing a code with which to reserve your hotel room at The Broadmoor at the special rate of $245 per night/single or double occupancy by the April 26 deadline.

Register to attend today!

RBMA 2013 Radiology Summit
The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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RBMA Annual Meeting notification and electronic vote
The Annual Meeting of Members of the Radiology Business Management Association will be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, May 21, at approximately 9 a.m. RBMA's Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3 require notification not more than 60 and not less than five 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 Active (ACT and 2ND, or Voting) Members may vote on the Slate of Candidates, which consists of nominees for two Regional Director and four Director-At-Large positions. All Active members should have received the link for the electronic ballot. If you have not received it, please email vote2013@rbma.org. Ballots are due by May 3.

The results of the election will be announced at the 2013 Annual Members' Meeting, and the new directors will take office immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting.

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Still time to register for the FREE RBMA eSeminar: Strategies for Increasing Patient Payments
Learn ways to increase payment rates for patient services. This webinar will expand on causes for patient non-payment and offer strategies to increase payment rates, including how to screen patients for eligibility, reduce the time to bill, and produce clear and concise statements that patients understand.

Sponsored by Merge Healthcare, this eSeminar is FREE to RBMA members.

Strategies for Increasing Patient Payments
Thursday, April 25
1–2 p.m. ET

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The March/April RBMA Bulletin is now available online in a new digital format
The March/April 2013 issue of the RBMA Bulletin focuses on Radiology Legislative & Economics. In addition to reading a printed copy that will arrive in your mailbox shortly, you can access the Bulletin online using your computer or tablet.

The digital version has been updated to accommodate tablet format. Log in to the RBMA website and access the online Bulletin here. Select option four to open the digital edition. The RBMA Bulletin will appear on your tablet with the ability to zoom in and link directly to advertisers!

You may also select the option to download the digital RBMA Bulletin to your PC/Mac for offline reading; download a complete PDF version; or select the story links on the webpage and read it online.

With so many choices, you can be sure to enjoy the RBMA Bulletin wherever you are!More

Calendar of events
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MPPR continues to haunt imaging
Health Imaging
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' focus on multiple-procedure payment reductions as a way to curb imaging growth is one of radiology's greatest challenges, according to an article published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Legislation has been proposed to block expansion of these cuts, but radiologists have to be proactive in advocating against them, according to Bhavya Rehani, MD.More

Proposed 2014 federal budget sparks preauthorization threat
Imaging Biz
The month of April has spawned significant proposals from Congress and the president, with all signs pointing to a hot summer of negotiations as staffers sort provisions. A proposal by House Republicans to repeal the sustainable growth rate bill aims to connect payments to quality measures, but ACR officials are concerned about the inherent difficulties of evaluating the work of radiologists. More

The big question: What is Imaging 3.0?
Unsustainable spending, rapidly rising insurance premiums, an increasingly fragmented delivery system, and burgeoning consumerism are all culminating in policy initiatives that will transform the way healthcare is provided — and paid for — across the country.More

ADVOCATE selected as billing services provider for Sunshine Radiology, LLC
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announced that it has been awarded the exclusive billing agreements with Sunshine Radiology, LLC in Winter Haven, Fla.More

Connecticut radiology group satisfied with full practice management services; selects same RCM partner for billing
Norwalk Radiology Consultants, P.C., located in Norwalk, Conn., has expanded its full practice management offering to an exclusive billing contract with Medical Management Professionals, Inc.. MMP is a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers.More

Emery Medical Solutions deploys RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS to meet meaningful use objectives
Emery Medical Solutions, a diagnostic imaging center in Apopka, Fla., has been utilizing RamSoft's PowerServer Lite since 2009 to manage their imaging management needs. As their workload grew so did their need for a fully paperless radiology workflow solution. Rather than selecting a solution from another vendor, Emery Medical Solutions opted to upgrade their existing RamSoft PowerServer Lite to RamSoft's PowerServer RIS/PACS to expand their workflow needs and attest for meaningful use incentive programs.More

Radiologist and daughter were among Boston Marathon first responders
Imaging Biz
A radiologist running the Boston Marathon with his daughter, a pediatrician, were among the first healthcare providers on the scene after bombs exploded at the finish line of the race. According to the Boston Globe and the L.A. Times, Joe Stavas, M.D., a professor of Radiology and Vascular Interventional Radiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, was close to the finish line when the bombs exploded. More

7 useful marketing strategies for radiology groups
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By Jim Lipcamon: The one sure thing that can be said about the healthcare environment is that it is always changing and is extremely competitive. The imaging environment is constantly undergoing changes. There are internal and external factors driving change, and consumers are better educated as a result of access to a wealth of information available online. I may not be a marketing genius, but here are strategies I have come to accept and believe in.More

Co-author of Obama healthcare law sees 'huge train wreck' in implementation
The Washington Post
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama's healthcare law stunned administration officials, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation. "I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama's healthcare chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense. More

Lawmakers call for 'reboot' of Meaningful Use program
Six Republican Senators have formally requested that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provide a written plan to address how the agency is implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. In an April 16 letter, the six Senators state that Congress has an obligation to conduct oversight of government programs. More