May 3, 2011

Question of the Week
Does your facility load outside comparison studies from CD into its PACS (if possible), or must radiologists view the studies outside the PACS? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: How does your radiology practice compensate physicians other than the group president who participate on committees or perform administrative tasks?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Meet with RBM and Payor CEOs at the Radiology Summit

This is your chance to ask questions and receive answers from senior leadership of the leading radiology benefit management companies and payors. During this completely transparent discussion hear the thoughts the RBMs, radiology practice managers, radiologists and payors have regarding these programs as well as the current trends in the delivery of quality and affordable imaging.

Plan on attending!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
1:15-2:45 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION: Face-to-Face with RBM CEOs: Shaping the Dialogue for Imaging's New Realities

Brandon Cady, Thomas Dehn, MD, FACR, Cherrill Farnsworth, Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle, Cheryl Proval, Donald Ryan and Curt Thorne
Sponsored by

In order to attend this session you must be registered to attend the Radiology Summit.

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

Click here for details.More

Radiology in the post reform era: Now what?
Find out what when Timothy P. Trysla, JD, and Richard White, JD, present this topic at the upcoming Executive Education Program.

Executive Education Program
July 21-23, 2011
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Click here for details.More

New FREE coding resource available for coders
The ACR has generously agreed to share its bimonthly electronic newsletter, The ACR Radiology Coding Source™, with RBMA. Keep up to date on Medicare policies with the ACR's electronic coding publication for diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and medical physics coding and reimbursement news.

Each issue includes the following:

Click here to access the ACR Radiology Coding Source!More

Radiation safety oversight for ambulatory surgery centers: What you need to know
Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, and Thomas W. Greeson, JD, presented an informative audio conference on this important topic on April 20, 2011.

Don’t worry if you were not able to catch the live performance! The session was recorded and is available for RBMA members to download along with the handouts here.More

Free webinar for coders
Coding Strategies℠ is generously sponsoring the following free webinar for coders:

PQRS: Understanding, Coding and Documenting the Measures
With Judy Burleson, MHSA, Renee Engle, RCC and Pat Kinsley, RT, CPC, RCC
May 9, 2011
1–2 p.m. Eastern Time

If your practice is not currently participating in PQRS, it is a good time to begin. Currently, the program still allows for a small incentive payment but by 2015, there will be a penalty for not reporting quality measures. How do you begin? What are the measures? And how do you ensure proper coding and documentation of them? All this and more will be discussed during this informative program.

This webinar is open to the first 50 people who register, so don’t delay, register here to participate in this webinar and receive the dial-in information.More

Watch for two new forums
In March RBMA asked members what they want to talk about amongst themselves that would assist them in managing their practices. Members spoke and we listened.

Watch for the opportunity to subscribe to two new Forums that are due to launch later this week:

Payor Relations
Hospital-Based Practices

Please allow two business days for your subscription submittal to be processed. Once the subscription has been authorized members may began participating in the Forum by emailing either payorrelations@rbma.org or Hospitalpratices@rbma.org. Only RBMA members may subscribe and participate at no extra cost. Additional Forum subscribers may be enrolled through an RBMA member for a nominal fee.

Watch for details here.More

Radiology Summit virtual community and other social networks
Be Part of the Summit Virtual Community
All attendees are included and urged to participate in the new Summit Virtual Community. Start the conversation before arriving in New Orleans. Find out who is attending, what sessions to plan on attending, or where to find the best music in New Orleans all in a private forum. While you are at the Summit, keep in touch and share thoughts and opinions with other conference attendees.

Please email membership@rbma.org if you would like to join this community.

Follow the Radiology Summit on Facebook
"Like" RBMA on Facebook and then post on our Radiology Summit event page wall! Find out who is attending and start networking early!

Tweet About Us
Use hashtag #rbmasummit to let others in the radiology community and beyond know about the Radiology Summit! Encourage colleagues to join you at the conference and keep the tweeting going while you are in New Orleans!More

Watch for new legal resource column in next week's RadCast
Beginning next Tuesday and on the second Tuesday of each month, RadCast will have a dedicated section provided by McDonald Hopkins LLC, containing legal briefs and short articles covering compliance, health care reform, new laws and any law related issue pertaining to radiology. Links to additional resources will be available.

The articles will also be posted on the RBMA website for future reference.More

CSI's Portal for RBMA was designed to provide radiology professionals with quick access to the purchasing process for radiology-specific online education. Coding Strategies℠ offers several CEU approved webinars for Radiology Certified Coders, while their partner company, Coding Metrix, provides comprehensive online training for radiology.

Click here to access the Portal and for a list of RCCB CEU Approved products.More

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

IMAGINE Software unveils the industry's first intelligent, multi-channeling practice management system
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces the success of its fifth annual User Conference where the latest version of the IMAGINE practice management suite, IMAGINE V 10TM, was revealed. Held in Charlotte, N.C., on April 13-15, the conference generated a record turnout of IMAGINE clients, partners and industry leaders from across the country.More

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., announces opening of offices in Los Angeles and Towson, Md.
Nitin Thakor, CEO of GeBBS, considers the new offices an important asset to the firm’s future. "We are very optimistic about the opening of these offices," said Mr. Thakor. "They will serve as blueprints for our aggressive expansion into California and the Mid-Atlantic states. GeBBS is continuing to grow globally, both throughout the US and internationally. As we expand worldwide, offices such as these will optimize our service delivery model. We are seeking to hire additional staff for our Sales and Client Services teams in these regions, along with expanding our local customer base. Our growth is attributable to our partnership approach, local presence, global delivery and innovative technology and solutions."More

3 skillful payer negotiation strategies
Health Leaders Media
It's unlikely that any courses taken in business and finance school ever fully prepared financial leaders for the shrewd rigors of healthcare payer contract negotiations. Nevertheless, it still falls on the CFO to ensure contracted payer reimbursements stay as favorable to the hospital or health system as possible. More

Health services research: Crucial to radiologists' relevance
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Given a decade's worth of legislation that has dramatically affected the practice of radiology, to all appearances radiologists are an afterthought in the decisions that affect their daily practices, according to an opinion published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.More

Self-referring physicians order more MRI scans
Imaging Biz
Physicians who own or lease MRI equipment are more likely than those who do not have such equipment in-house to perform scans on patients with low back pain, according to a study performed at Stanford University. Results of the study, published online in Health Services Research, also indicated that patients whose orthopedists perform MRI studies on them for low back pain are more likely to subsequently undergo back surgery. More

Advice on changing practice leadership
Diagnostic Imaging (blog)
Changing leadership is a challenge for any business, but radiology has some unique problems. For most physician groups, their customers are patients. Patients don't always know who is managing things; they just know their physician. But for radiologists, their customers are referring physicians, and perhaps more importantly, hospital or imaging center partners. For them, a leadership change is a big deal.More

Poll: Majority of voters reject Medicare cuts to reduce deficits
The Hill
Voters don't want their existing or future Medicare benefits cut even if it would help reduce the national debt, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill. Fifty-three percent of likely voters say they would not accept the idea of reduced benefits, while 33 percent said they would, and 14 percent were unsure.More

Hospital settles false claim charges
Imaging Biz
In what can be seen as a cautionary tale for any hospital that trains residents, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle charges that it improperly billed several federal healthcare programs, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced.More

SNM's Clinical Trials Network: Progress despite growing pains
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
With 2.5 years under its belt, SNM's Clinical Trials Network is making progress on a number of fronts — including two major clinical trials coming soon and increasing membership around the world — that it hopes will contribute to the future of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.More

Medicare plans to cover MRI scans for patients with pacemakers
Diagnostic Imaging
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have submitted a proposed rule that, among other changes, would reimburse radiologists for MRI exams on patients with permanent pacemakers. The ruling expands a Feb. 24 decision to cover MRI scans only if the Medicare beneficiary were participating in a clinical trial. More