April 26, 2011

Fun stuff at the Radiology Summit
Mix a little pleasure with business while you are at the Radiology Summit! Spots are still available for:

Networking on the Green: RBMA Golf Tournament* at TPC Louisiana — sponsored by Business Revenue Systems, Inc. (BRS)
Bringing championship golf to the vibrant charm of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana is as unique as the celebrated city itself. Legendary architect Pete Dye designed the course to be a perfect complement to the local ambiance – meandering between the rolling hills, lush wetlands and native cypress trees that lie just across the great Mississippi. Golf club rentals are available for $60. Contact the course directly at 504.436.8721 to reserve clubs.

The Big Easy 5K Run/Walk* — sponsored by Advocate
Start the morning off right with a big, easy early casual run/walk on a flat course along the Mississippi River. Enjoy the scenic surroundings as you fulfill your fitness goal and make a few new friends along the way.

Register to attend the Radiology Summit and have some fun while you are in New Orleans! If you want to add on either of the above activities, contact carmen.gardea@rbma.org.

2011 Radiology Summit
June 5-8
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, La.

*Separate fee required.

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Education for upper level managers
The second advanced level education program for seasoned, high-level radiology business professionals will be held this summer. Join your colleagues this summer for an intense and enlightening learning experience.

Executive Education Program
July 21-23
Fairmont Scottsdale
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Please vote for your association board members by Friday
The annual Meeting of Members of the Radiology Business Management Association will be held at Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, on Tuesday, June 7, at approximately 8 a.m. RBMA's Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3 require notification not more than sixty 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. Recent changes in the Illinois not-for-profit statute, RBMA's state of incorporation, and to RBMA's Bylaws permit the election to be conducted electronically.

Only Active (Voting) Members may vote on the Slate of Candidates which consists of nominees for four 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 vote2011@rbma.org. Ballots are due April 29.

The results of the election will be announced at the 2011 Annual Members' Meeting and the new Directors will take office immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting.

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The last vascular IR coding webinar
RBMA has partnered with MedLearn to present a three-part series on interventional radiology coding.

The last webcast will be presented May 3 at 11:30 a.m. (Central Time) and will cover:

Lessons Learned, Issues Resolved

MedLearn is offering RBMA members a 20-percent discount off the registration fee for each session.

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Study aids for the RCCB Radiology Coding Certification Exam
Now that you've committed to taking the Radiology Coding Certification Exam, it's time to buckle down and study!

2011 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course DVD
Produced by RBMA, the 2011 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course DVD is an extremely intensive review that addresses all areas of radiology coding. It offers the basic principles of proper coding for CPT and ICD-9-CM as well as coding for problem situations. The course is taught by coding expert Lori Shore, B.S., CPC, RCC.

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2011 Study Guide for the Radiology Coding Certification Exam
MedLearn, in partnership with the Radiology Business Management Association, has developed this resource, which includes:

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Calendar of events
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Merge Healthcare sets first quarter 2011 earnings call
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, announced the scheduling of its first quarter 2011 earnings call, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 3. The call will address the first quarter financial results, followed by a business discussion of the company's market outlook and strategies for 2011.More

Diagnostic Imaging Northwest signs full practice management contract with Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded a full practice management contract with Diagnostic Imaging Northwest, located in Portland, Ore.More

HHS: Medicare overpaid for emergency imaging
AuntMinnie.com (registration required)
Medicare paid a total of $38 million in 2008 for erroneous claims for the interpretation of CT, MRI and X-ray studies performed at hospital emergency departments, according to a report posted this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.More

Obama panel to curb Medicare finds foes in both parties
The New York Times
Democrats and Republicans are joining to oppose one of the most important features of President Obama's new deficit reduction plan, a powerful independent board that could make sweeping cuts in the growth of Medicare spending. Obama wants to expand the power of the 15-member panel, which was created by the new health care law, to rein in Medicare costs.More

CMS payment proposal disappoints hospitals
Imaging Biz
The American Hospital Association has publicly said its constituents are "deeply disappointed" by a proposed rule for fiscal 2012 issued by the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services. Effective for discharges occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2011, the proposed rule would decrease average inpatient payments to acute-care hospitals by approximately 0.5 percent, or $498 million, compared with fiscal 2011. More

5 social media tips for docs worried about HIPAA
Health Care IT News
While many doctors shy away from use of the Internet because of concern over HIPAA penalties, one company is advising the physician community to not become victim to HIPAA hand-wringing and fall out of sync with their colleagues who have learned how to responsibly utilize today's most valuable online visibility tools.More

Medicare plans pay cuts for hospitals
Medpage Today
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule that would cut Medicare payments to hospitals by nearly $500 million in 2012. That cut is in addition to the $155 billion in reduced payments hospitals will see over the next decade as a result of the Affordable Care Act. More

US healthcare costs climb 6.19 percent over 12 months
Health Leaders Media
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 6.19 percent over the 12 months ending in February 2011, but those rates of growth continue to decelerate, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. February's results reflect a deceleration in healthcare cost growth from the 6.31 percent increase in annual growth rate posted in January 2011 for this index, S&P said.More

Electronic health record 'meaningful use' reporting period begins
The federal government's "meaningful use" attestation period has begun, allowing hospitals and physician practices to submit data collected on electronic health record systems in order to receive thousands to millions of dollars in reimbursement payments. Over the next two years, 58 percent of small physician practices plan to roll out EHRs. More

Opening up the brain with ultrasound
Technology Review
The cells lining the brain's blood vessels are tightly packed together — like a good defensive line, they keep bacteria and other blood-borne intruders from getting through, shielding the brain. But this protective layer, called the blood-brain barrier, also thwarts efforts to deliver drugs like chemotherapy agents to the brain, so scientists have long searched for ways to disrupt it selectively to allow treatments in. More

Some support for pancreatic cancer screening
Reuters Health via AuntMinnie.com (registration required)
For people at high genetic risk of pancreatic cancer, screening for the disease might be worthwhile — particularly if they're senior citizens, a new study suggests. On the other hand, the researchers say, it might not be worthwhile, and it's too soon to make widespread recommendations on screening high-risk families.More

Radiology: New approaches to managing mega datasets
Interpreting the large imaging datasets generated by advanced imaging systems requires radiologists to adopt new tools and technologies, including some developed and used outside of healthcare, according to an overview published in the May issue of Radiology.More