Apr. 28, 2015

Member benefit: Practice Leadership Team Bundle
Treat your physician to a free trial of RBMA membership!

Any administrator or practice manager member in good standing with RBMA, who is also a Primary (ACT) member, can add up to two physicians to their "Practice Leadership Team" membership for free in 2015. The physician memberships will renew in 2016 for a discounted rate of $150 each.

Physician members will receive all of their benefits electronically. Use this form to add your two complimentary physician members for 2015!

Only one Practice Leadership Team Bundle per practice. This promotion is only valid for physicians who are not currently members of RBMA. We will not issue refunds for any current physician members. If you would like to take advantage of this discounted membership bundle in 2016, please contact Membership Manager Jessica Struve.More

Technology can differentiate your practice
Learn how one Alabama practice spent the last five years "wiring the practice" and using information technology to communicate with referring physicians in advance of participating in Medicaid risk assumption in the fall of 2016. Join Joseph Serio, CPA. MBA, FACMPE, when he presents Laying the Groundwork for Risk Assumption at the upcoming Radiology Summit. The use of technology has improved physician efficiency and quality metrics. The linking of the practice sites of service provides the group with a true integrated database that offers real time business intelligence.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

The 2015 Radiology Summit exhibit hall has sold out!
Over 80 companies will be exhibiting at the Radiology Summit this June in Las Vegas. Industry vendors will showcase products and services such as billing services and software, coding services and software, financial management, collection services, revenue cycle, business intelligence and much more!

RBMA is currently compiling a waitlist for vendors who wish to exhibit should a space become available.More

The deadline to reserve your hotel room for the Radiology Summit is May 5
If you are planning to attend the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, June 7-10, be sure to register and obtain the code with which to reserve your hotel room at Caesars Palace at the discounted rate. The last day to receive the special rate is May 5.More

There is still time to register for the FREE webinar on Clinical Decision Support
Merge Healthcare will be presenting Clinical Decision Support: Standardized Processes for 2017 Deadlines this Thursday.

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

The March/April issue of the RBMA Bulletin is available online
The editorial focus of the March/April issue of the RBMA Bulletin is Governance. Feature stories include:

Click here to access the online options.More

Corporate members! Update your Buyers Guide listing!
All RBMA corporate members who provide a product or service to radiology practices may be listed in the July/August 2015 Buyers Guide issue of the RBMA Bulletin FREE. This issue will include informative articles on technology, plus the added value of listing industry vendors.

The issue will be mailed to over 2,100 RBMA members who will keep it on their shelf for future reference or pass it along to other decision makers.

The deadline to update your company profile and category listings is May 15.

Any corporate member can update their company record by editing their company profile here and updating the last two tabs, "Corporate Listing" and "Buyers Guide Listing."

Contact membership@rbma.org with any questions.More

The SGR is dead. Now what?
So what is next for radiology now that MACRA has become law and repealed the sustainable growth rate formula that had annually threatened physician payments for well over a decade?More

Financial management in the midst of healthcare reform (age of consumerism)
In the midst of healthcare reform the radiology industry is also in a colossal shift, where patients have become the key decision-makers and have the power to work with payors and providers that meet their needs and preferences. The shift in financial responsibility by way of High Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts has created a new era of consumerism.More

6 reasons to be optimistic about radiology
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiologists love to complain about the challenges they face, including declining reimbursements, a tight job market and increased workload. But there are at least six good reasons to be optimistic about the specialty, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting in Toronto. It's all about one's point of view, said presenter Dr. Jonathan Berlin from the University of Chicago. 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

Time to pony up: The secret to collections letters that work
By Charlotte Bohnett
Thanks to mobster movies, we all fear the repercussions of unpaid debt. While receiving a past-due notice isn't quite the same as a meathead pummeling you, both methods of money collection deliver swift blows. After all, bills often fall into the land of overdue not because we were lazy, but because we didn't have any money. Flip it to the collector's perspective, and people not having money to pay their bills is a big problem. After all, how can businesses keep their doors open if they, too, don't have any money? More

Radiology group takes a risk for thrifty patients
Imaging Biz
Is flat-rate pricing the wave of the future for outpatient radiology? One large practice in the Midwest is going to find out. The 50-radiologist Northwest Radiology Network, based in Indianapolis and ranked No. 37 in Radiology Business Journal’s latest Radiology 100 survey, has pinned a guaranteed price menu of 12 exams to its website. More

Staffing your medical practice for the future
Physicians Practice (registration required)
After a long eight years, unemployment has declined to near pre-recession levels. But, also during that time, the healthcare industry has significantly shrunken its footprint — reducing medical staff in response to downward market forces and declining reimbursements. For many small independent practices, that means doing "more with less," a mantra they have been embracing for several years. More

Technology improves medical access in doctor shortage
Arizona Public Media
Arizonans are feeling the effects of a doctor shortage that healthcare experts expect to worsen nationally in the next 10 years. According to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the nation will face a shortage of at least 46,000 physicians by 2025, and Arizona is currently 500 to 750 doctors short, said Dan Derksen, director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona. More