Apr. 30, 2013

Question of the week
What percent of your insurance carriers reduced their fee schedule or conversion factor this year, and approximately what percent of your total procedures do you estimate this will affect? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: At your hospital-based practice or imaging center, what do you estimate is the change over the past two years in outstanding patient balances (true self-pay plus self-pay after insurance, including payment plan balances) as a percentage of the total outstanding A/R balance?

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RBMA member benefit: Conference recordings
Did you know RBMA members have access to a select group of conference recordings on the Learning Resource Library on our website? Recorded sessions on topics such as marketing, operations or compliance are available to members free of charge.

If you missed attending an RBMA conference session recordings are available for purchase. Click here for a current list of available recordings!More

Invite a colleague to the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall at the Radiology Summit
Do you know an industry colleague who is interested in attending the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall at the Radiology Summit on Sunday night, May 19, from 6-8 p.m.? If so, consider purchasing the one night only Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Pass for $100 per person. The pass includes one drink ticket and plentiful hors d'oeuvres.

If you would like to add this to your registration, download the PDF application here and check Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Pass.

If you have not already registered to attend the Radiology Summit, there is still time and space available!

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

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RBMA Annual Meeting notification and electronic vote — ballots due May 3
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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Congratulations to the 2013 Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship winner — Terri Bice!
Born and raised in New Orleans, La., Terri moved away after college with an opportunity to live and work in Asia, Europe, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey and Texas. Her resume looks somewhat like a travel brochure, but she couldn't wait to get home to New Orleans! So, what else could she do in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit than pull up stakes from San Antonio, put her house on the market and move home to help her mother recover?

Currently the business manager for Radiology & Interventional Associates of Metairie, La., a hospital-based 12-partner practice in the New Orleans suburbs, Terri holds a B.S. in health science from Our Lady of Holy Cross College and an M.S. in healthcare management from the University of New Orleans.

Terri would like to thank the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship Committee for awarding her with this opportunity to learn from the biggest and the brightest, the movers and shakers of our business!

For more information on the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship, please visit our website.More

IPAB has to go, providers and advocates urge
HealthLeaders Media
Some 500 healthcare provider groups and companies, patient advocates and employers signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board in fear that not only will its cost-cutting powers hurt patients' access to care, but that it will also raise costs for employers, and actually raise costs in the long run.More

The March/April RBMA Bulletin is now available online
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. More

7 useful marketing strategies for radiology groups
Diagnostic Imaging
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. More

Treat your physician to a free trial of RBMA membership!
RBMA is happy to announce its new Practice Leadership Team 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 the Practice Leadership Team membership for free in 2013.

Physician members will receive all of their benefits electronically. For more information on the benefits of membership, please view our member benefits page. Ready to get started? Use this form to add your two complimentary physician members for 2013.

Click here for more information.More

Prepare today for tomorrow's future! Purchase the RBMA/CSI ICD-10-CM Toolkit
The IDC-10-CM Toolkit designed by Coding Strategies and Radiology Business Management Association 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 radiologist 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

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

Bundled payments could shortchange radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
One thing is clear: The way radiologists will be paid in the future is going to change. Whether because of accountable care organizations or bundled payments, the days of fee-for-service appear numbered. Everything I see, hear, and read about ObamaCare and healthcare reform points to declining physician reimbursement. With little to no ability to control malpractice insurance or office costs, physicians are feeling the squeeze.More

Top 10 things to consider when replacing your PACS
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Many institutions are at a point where they need to replace their PACS. Whether this process is undertaken with a new or current PACS vendor, it's a perfect opportunity to redesign the system's architecture to prepare for the future. Changing your PACS often means changing your vendor as well. There can be multiple reasons for switching vendors, ranging from unhappiness with the current vendor's service level to missing PACS functionality and/or reliability.More

ACOs, income on the rise, but enthusiasm for medicine waning among MDs
Health Imaging
Physician earnings are up, but fewer and fewer said they would go into medicine if they could do it all over again, according to the Physician Compensation Report 2013 from Medscape. Findings were based on a February survey featuring 21,878 U.S. physicians from 25 specialties. About one-third of the specialties surveyed each earned a mean of $300,000 annually according to Medscape.More

7 staff management steps to improve safety and quality issues
Imaging Biz
As reimbursement shrinks and imaging providers are called on to do more procedures with fewer people, time for training and development of your technologist staff may be suffering, warns a new white paper from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation Health Care Industry Advisory Council's 12-member subcommittee on Patient Safety and Quality in Medical Imaging. More

Study links slowdown in healthcare spending to weaker economy
California Healthline
The recession and the slow recovery from it are the major driving forces behind a recent slowdown in healthcare spending, while higher patient cost-sharing and other changes to the health system play a smaller role, according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Altarum Institute. For the study, analysts developed a model that tracked healthcare cost growth using economic indicators over the past 50 years to predict future growth rates.More