May. 1, 2012

The deadline to reserve a room for the Radiology Summit at a discounted rate extended to May 3
Only a few days remain, but it's not too late to reserve your hotel room at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® at the special RBMA rate of $209 per night for single or double occupancy.

However, you must register to attend the Radiology Summit to receive the hotel code to use when you are making your reservation.

RBMA will RUSH process your registration and send you the confirmation letter within hours of your submission and payment approval.

See you in Orlando!

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

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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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eSeries: Meaningful Use updates for radiology
Meaningful Use is top of mind for many in healthcare this year, but does your practice qualify? It can be complicated to implement in radiology. Attend a dynamic webinar, presented by Julie Pekarek, to learn the basics of the program, which includes registration and eligibility, certification of technology, the measures and attestation. Find out how the program is working overall to date, get some real-life feedback from providers who have successfully begun working the program. Also, learn about what to expect in Stage 2 criteria for eligible professionals.

This webinar is offered complimentary to RBMA members.

Meaningful Use Updates for Radiology
Tuesday, May 15
Noon–1:30 p.m. Central Time

Click here to register.
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Deadline to complete Accounts Receivable Performance Survey is Friday!
The Accounts Receivable Performance Survey should be completed by all members who provide any professional, technical or global imaging services. This survey collects data on charges and charge offsets (adjustments and write-offs), collections and collection offsets (refunds and returned checks) and A/R aging. The report presents statistics on eight key indicators (including adjusted collection percentage and days charges in A/R) and nine other indicators. These indicators, reported by type of services billed and by respondent characteristics, may be used to benchmark your practice internally over time as well as against other similar practices. The deadline to participate has been extended to May 4.

Click here to take the Accounts Receivable Performance Survey.

Bonus! All participants receive a copy of the results FREE!More

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

Merge Healthcare sets 1st quarter 2012 earnings call
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the scheduling of its first quarter 2012 earnings call, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 8.More

DR Systems lands 7 contracts worth more than $3.7 million
DR Systems
DR Systems, the 2011 KLAS® No. 1 ranked overall PACS vendor, announced seven new contracts with healthcare facilities across the U.S. The contracts total more than $3.7 million and encompass seven facilities.More

PSC Info Group expands PAYMENTExpress Suite, now featuring automated, personalized online payment solution
PSC Info Group
PSC Info Group, a national provider of innovative, technology-enabled solutions and proven revenue acceleration tools to streamline the collection of consumer payments, introduced a personalized online payment solution as part of its PAYMENTExpress service. The new product accelerates payments and increases collections by utilizing personalized, pre-populated payment websites.More

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions opens new global delivery center
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions Inc., an industry leader in healthcare revenue cycle management outsourcing solutions, announced recently the opening of its new Global Delivery Center. The facility will be housed at the Mindspace Business Complex in New Mumbai, India, where GeBBS already has an existing presence. The new center will accommodate an additional 1,600 employees, bringing the company's potential total workforce to over 3,400 people serving the U.S. healthcare RCM marketplace.More

Infinx Healthcare announces RBMA sponsorship
Infinx Healthcare
Infinx Healthcare joins the Radiology Business Management Association as a Corporate Partner and Global Sponsor. RBMA is the only credible radiology-specific business organization today. It provides resources to keep radiology professionals on the leading edge and offers its members exceptional educational programs.More

Senate bill seeks to curb 25 percent cut for same-day imaging
Health Imaging
Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and David Vitter, R-La., introduced S. 2347, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act, in the U.S. Senate on April 25. This legislation is seeking to stop the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from implementing a 25 percent reduction to the professional component of certain diagnostic imaging services for multiple imaging studies administered to the same patient, by physicians in the same practice setting, on the same day.More

The ABCs of ACO economics
Imaging Biz
If the hospitals at which your group provides services haven't already approached you and your fellow members of the medical staff about ACO formation, the chances are high that they will in the not too distant future. Expect that pressure to be great. After all, the hospital will argue, ACOs, or "accountable care organizations," are all about increasing the quality of care through collaboration. More

Medicaid contractors struggle to identify overpayments
Health Leaders Media
Last month, the Office of Inspector General issued a report that presents an early assessment of the efforts of Audit Medicaid Integrity Contractors to identify overpayments in Medicaid. Contained within the report are drastic figures that convey the fact that Audit MICs are having a difficult time identifying overpayments in their audits.More

Accounting insights for radiologists
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
In accounting, it is important that data and reports be complete, accurate and timely. It is an essential part running a successful business — and a critical part of the revenue cycle in diagnostic imaging. The main purpose of policies and procedures is to capture complete and accurate information and process it in a timely manner.More

MICI survey finds low confidence in Medicare payment rates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Although radiology administrators are confident that over the next six months their facilities will grow in procedure volume and as a profit center, they're not so sure they'll receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for these services, according to new results from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. The MICI survey found that survey participants expressed "very low confidence" that Medicare reimbursements will be sufficient.More

Conflicts arise as health insurers diversify
Kaiser Health News
Like hospitals and doctors everywhere, Banner Health fights a daily battle to get paid by insurance companies and government agencies for the care it delivers. So the hospital system hired a company called Executive Health Resources to fight back against the likes of Medicare and UnitedHealthcare when they deny claims or pay bills for less than what Banner thinks it is owed. More