|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!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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 email@example.com 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
Earn RCC CEUs
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, 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
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
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
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
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