Apr. 24, 2012

Question of the week
How many total hours of lectures do your radiologists offer to staff and committees at your hospital(s) in an average month?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
If your imaging center provides mammography services, what is your call-back rate for screening mammograms?

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Early bird registration for Radiology Summit ends May 4
After May 4, registration fees will increase by almost 10 percent. Save money by registering early for the Radiology Summit.

Save more money by registering before April 26 to receive a code with which to reserve your hotel room at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® at a discounted rate of $209 per night/single or double occupancy.

Apply today and receive RUSH processing.

See you in Orlando!

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

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Add Executive Education Seminar to Radiology Summit registration
Take advantage of getting more education for less. We have positioned the Executive Education Seminar right before the Radiology Summit to allow you to spend less time away from the office and less money on two events.

Register for both and receive $150 off the registration fee for the Radiology Summit. The price will go up after May 4, so don't delay and register today!

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

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Renew RBMA membership by April 30 and avoid re-enrollment charges
If you have not done so already, you have one more chance to renew your RBMA membership for 2012 without incurring a $50 re-enrollment fee.

Plus you can register to attend the Radiology Summit at the member rate! Stay with RBMA and receive benefits that help you professionally and personally.

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Annual meeting notification and electronic vote
The Annual Meeting of Members of the Radiology Business Management Association will be held at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® on Tuesday, May 22, at approximately 8 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.

A feature of previous Annual Members' Meetings has been the election of the Slate of Candidates for the RBMA Board of Directors. RBMA now conducts the election 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 send a message to vote2012@rbma.org. Ballots are due by May 4.

The results of the election will be announced at the 2012 Annual Members' Meeting, and the new directors will take office immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting.

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Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

Migrating to the cloud, Part 1: Benefits and regulatory issues
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
All good things eventually come to an end — even contracts with your cloud PACS provider. When it does, you need to be prepared, according to Melissa Markey of law firm Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. Using the cloud for healthcare data requires navigating a host of privacy, security, regulatory and contracting matters. And when it's time to end the relationship with your cloud services vendor, a transition plan is needed. More

Migrating to the cloud, Part 2: Vendor selection and contracts
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
If you've thought it all through carefully and made the difficult decision to move to the cloud, it's important to find a vendor that you're comfortable with for the long-term, said Melissa Markey of law firm Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. Issues to consider include whether the cloud is a public, private, hybrid or community cloud. Community clouds are entities that have similar regulatory obligations and similar use cases, and are likely a better fit for healthcare, she said.More

Vendor selection, contract administration in teleradiology market
Imaging Economics
Rapid advances in technology and ongoing economic pressures have sparked reliance on teleradiology services among an increasing number of healthcare providers. Nearly half of all radiology practices use an external provider to supplement their staff, a threefold increase in the last decade. As the authors of a study published in AJR Online (2009) observed, "The spread of external teleradiology services represents a large-scale change in radiology whose speed has rarely been equaled."More

Blanket reimbursement reductions for imaging may backfire
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The application of blanket reductions, meant to cut over-used imaging, may have negative consequences for patients who actually do need the testing, say researchers in an article from the April issue of Health Affairs. In order to assess the effectiveness reducing imaging, researchers performed a cross-sectional study of prostate cancer patients from 2004 to 2005.More

Meaningful use and radiology: Can a square peg fit in a round hole?
Health Imaging
Since the initial meaningful use rule was published in fall 2010, MU has excluded, confounded and confused radiologists. As the imaging community ponders the notice of proposed rulemaking for Stage 2, many practices are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.More

Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare
The Associated Press via Yahoo
An aging population and an economy that has been slow to rebound are straining the long-term finances of Social Security and Medicare, the government's two largest benefit programs. Those problems are getting new attention as the trustees who oversee the massive programs release their annual financial reports. Medicare is in worse shape than Social Security because of rising healthcare costs. More