May. 5, 2015

RBMA Thought Leader sponsor highlight: GeBBS Healthcare Solutions
RBMA is pleased to announce that GeBBS Healthcare Solutions is participating in the RBMA Thought Leader Sponsorship Program. Under this program, GeBBS Healthcare Solutions will have the opportunity to share their industry expertise and discuss industry trends with RBMA leadership as part of the new Corporate Advisory Council. In addition, they will have the opportunity to showcase their involvement in the industry through several marketing options.

"GeBBS is a highly-regarded industry leader in healthcare BPO revenue cycle management solutions, since its founding over a decade ago," said Nitin Thakor, President & CEO of GeBBS Healthcare Solutions. "It is a natural progression for us to be one of the pioneer participants in RBMA's new global-level program. Our world-class knowledge offers best practice expertise to billing companies focused on radiology."

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions is an industry leader in healthcare BPO revenue cycle management solutions. Their services include medical coding, charge entry, payment posting and A/R follow-up. GeBBS optimizes their clients' revenue cycle performance resulting in revenue maximization, improved regulatory compliance and lower operating costs.More

Using business practices to help measure radiologists' work activities
Though radiology practice productivity often links compensation to work RVUs, this approach can actually deprive the practice of valuable insights and necessary non-clinical work. Join Richie Heath, CPA, when he presents How to Incentivize Non-Clinical Productivity in the Radiology Practice at the upcoming Radiology Summit. This session will help practices define business goals for radiologists that are important enough to incentivize, solidify a new productivity mindset that adds a non-clinical focus, and create a value proposition that can be delivered to patients, referrers and affiliated healthcare organizations.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

The deadline to reserve your hotel room for the Radiology Summit has been extended to May 15
The conference hotel, Caesars Palace, offers well-appointed rooms and suites all within a short walk or elevator ride of the conference center, restaurants, entertainment and shopping.

RBMA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $199 per night, single or double occupancy. The special rate has been extended to May 15!

In order to reserve your room, your registration must be processed with an approved payment. After your application has been processed, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you containing a code with which to reserve your hotel room at the special RBMA rate.

If you have already registered for the conference, please call the hotel directly at (866) 227-5944 and use the code included in your confirmation letter. If you need the code, please contact Angela Carroccia.More

Three vRad Education Scholarships awarded for Radiology Summit
Congratulations to the following three vRad Education Scholarship recipients who will be attending the 2015 RBMA Radiology Summit conference, June 7-10 in Las Vegas:

Through a partnership with Virtual Radiologic, RBMA offers six $1,500 education scholarships per year. "Our partnership with RBMA, a leader in educating radiology business professionals on industry advances, allows us to lend our expertise and direct resources toward supporting radiology group practices," said George Morgan, president and chief executive officer of vRad. "This collaboration increases access to education, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to improve practice resilience."

Virtual Radiologic is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. vRad's more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700-plus facilities, reading 7 million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

CSI offers RBMA members free audioweb on post ICD-10-CM preparation
Implementing ICD-10-CM will not end with "go-live" on Oct. 1. Providers have dedicated a significant amount of time and resources to prepare for the new rules, new level of details, potentially new coverage considerations. It is naïve to think that this implementation will proceed without any snags or forgotten details. This session will assist in ensuring that the resources invested in the implementation will not be lost to a misstep.

Join Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS, CRA, RCC, CPC, CPC-H, and Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer when they present:

Brace for Impact - How to Prepare Now for Post ICD-10-CM Reimbursement
May 13, 1-2 p.m. EDT

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Hitting the mark with PQRS radiology
The Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System is a complicated and confusing program, and your future payments are in jeopardy if you don't get it right. Coding Strategies is offering an on-demand webinar to answer important questions and guide you to ensure that your organization continues to receive all the payments you've earned!

Presented by industry experts Melody Mulaik and Karna Morrow, this session is offered to RBMA members at a discounted rate.

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DataMAXX — Did you know? A/R trend report now part of basic subscription
The A/R trend report, which had been part of the premium subscription, is now available to all DataMAXX subscribers. The report charts the most recent three years of the subscriber's practice's performance on the eight key indicators of accounts receivable performance against that of all respondents. The practice must have submitted data for three consecutive years to be able to run this report. It's not too late to submit data for 2012 through 2014; simply complete the Excel questionnaire file and email it to RBMA for upload.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Should radiology businesses bill for counseling patients?
With the increasing use of personal health record tools linked to the physician electronic medical record, more patients than ever before are getting direct or near direct access to the radiologist's report. Often, patients are concerned by what they read in their reports and reach out to the doctor whose name is on the report.More

Nonradiologists get most of Medicare imaging payments
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
More than 50 percent of Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging services in the U.S. are made to nonradiologists, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. In fact, Medicare payments to nonradiologists for diagnostic imaging exceed those to radiologists in almost 60 percent of states. More

MPPR on the chopping block?
Health Imaging
Last month, legislators finally slayed the SGR after years of settling for temporary patches in the face of political gridlock. Could the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction be the next controversial policy to go down? It might just be, if recently introduced legislation passes through Congress. More

Low confidence in radiology reimbursement
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Radiology managers are still concerned about reimbursement, according to the latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index. The quarterly MICI report surveys radiology managers/directors on how confident they are about certain aspects of their business. In the second quarter of 2015, 165 imaging directors/managers completed the survey. Their overall sentiment is "neutral." More

ICD-10 readiness testing: What, who and when
Physicians Practice (registration required)
According to an ICD-10 industry readiness survey released by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, only 25 percent of the providers surveyed had begun external testing with partners on ICD-10 claims. Conducting your own testing is not essential, but it is prudent. And if you do it right, it might be less of an ordeal than you think. More

Survey: Patients' expectations outpacing hospital IT adoptions
Imaging Biz
Hospital patients don't merely dislike dealing with paperwork. When filling out forms seems to slow the delivery of their care, even when hospital staff or clinicians wield the pen and clipboard, patients react viscerally. That's according to a Harris poll of 2,053 American adults commissioned by Ricoh, the Tokyo-based document-management company. Almost half the respondents had an inpatient or outpatient experience in the past five years. More