May. 6, 2014

News from the Radiology Summit
The 2014 Radiology Summit opened on Sunday evening with the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall sponsored by Imagine Software at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. Centered around a race car theme, many exhibiting companies, including our sponsor, engaged attendees in activities relating to racing.

Educational sessions began on Monday morning after a welcome from RBMA Board of Directors president Wendy Lomers, CPA, and will continue through Wednesday, May 7.

For full coverage of the Radiology Summit, visit the Radiology Summit Blog, Let's Talk. For a pictorial review, visit the RBMA Facebook page.More

Members recognized at Radiology Summit
The 2014 Awards Ceremony was held during lunch on Monday at the Radiology Summit. The following individuals were recognized for their dedication and service to RBMA:

2014 Class of Fellows
Bob Still of Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists, Lancaster, Pa.
Clark Davis, Mountain Medical Physician Specialists, Sandy, Utah

Outgoing Board
Wendy Lomers, CPA, MBA, President
Bob Still, Immediate Past President
Keith Chew, CMPE, President-Elect
Suzanne Taylor, FRBMA, Parliamentarian
Kim Longeteig, FRBMA, Secretary
Worth Saunders, MHA, FACHE, FRBMA, Treasurer
Fred Downs, Director-at-Large
Mary Hondl, Director-at-Large
Steve Schreiber, Director-at-Large

Outgoing Committee Chairs
Keith Chew, Chair, Nominating Committee, Chair, Membership Committee
Suzanne Taylor, Chair, Bylaws Committee
Bob Still, Chair, Fellowship Selection Committee
Kim Longeteig, Chair, Communications Committee
Worth Saunders, Chair, Finance Committee
Cindy Pittmon, Chair, Programs Committee
Katie Robbins, Chair, Marketing Committee

The following special awards were presented:
The Calhoun Award for outstanding contributions to radiology business management and to RBMA was presented to Bob Still.

The President's Award for going above and beyond to promote an atmosphere that enhances networking and "Progress Through Sharing" was presented to Pamela Kassing.

The Global Achievement Award recognizing the outstanding time and talent contributions to RBMA was presented to James Hamilton.

Special Recognition Awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond when it comes to "Progress Through Sharing" were presented to:


RBMA eSeminar: Getting With the Meaningful Use Program
Presented by Ellis Keitt, administrator at Radiology Associates of Corpus Christi, and Merge Healthcare, this webinar will examine commonly held misconceptions about MU, explain why and how radiology practices can benefit from MU, and share best practices for meeting MU requirements, as evidenced by Radiology Associates' experience in successfully traveling the MU path.

Getting With the Meaningful Use Program
Thursday, May 15
2-3 p.m. ET

This webinar is complimentary to RBMA members, but you must register to obtain the login information.More

Corporate members! Update your Buyers Guide listing!
All RBMA corporate members who provide a product or service to radiology practices may be listed in the July/August 2014 Buyers Guide issue of the RBMA Bulletin FREE. This issue will include informative articles on technology, plus the added value of listing industry vendors.

The issue will be mailed to over 2,100 RBMA members who will keep it on their shelf for future reference or pass it along to other decision makers.

The deadline to update your company profile and category listings is May 15.

Any corporate member can update their company record by editing their company profile here and updating the last two tabs, "Corporate Listing" and "Buyers Guide Listing."

Contact membership@rbma.org with any questions.More

Dose is becoming a reimbursement issue
Mixed news for radiology billing managers: the House and Senate have passed the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014," which, among other provisions, delays the 24 percent Medicare reimbursement cut for another year, replacing it with a 0.5 percent increase. The president is expected to sign the bill into law as-is.More

Partnering for success: Select the right billing service
The challenge of transitioning from one billing company to another or from an in-house to an outsourced option is a transition or decision not to be taken lightly. Read how to best move forward to make your best selection.More

ICD-when: Benefiting from the delay
Radiology Business Journal
Unpredictability seems to be the constant variable in the saga of changes to healthcare these days. When the decision was made to postpone the ICD-10 for another year, many healthcare providers let out a sigh of relief, while others expressed disappointment because they had already spent considerable resources on preparations and training.More

GAO report documents decline in use of advanced diagnostic imaging
A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that office-based advanced diagnostic imaging (CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET) for Medicare beneficiaries has been declining steadily since 2009. More

Radiologists hit hard by CT code bundling
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
When reimbursement codes for CT of the abdomen and pelvis were bundled in 2011, there was a dramatic 29 percent reduction in imaging payments for these procedures, according to a study in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Radiologists were the most affected.More

Meaningful use: Getting patient buy-in to meet portal requirements
Physicians Practice (registration required)
One of the core objectives of the Stage 2 rules of meaningful use requires that more than 5 percent of your patients interact with your patient portal by viewing, downloading or sharing their information with a third party. Many physicians nationwide are stressing over this one requirement, as making the portal available is one thing, getting patients to actually use it is another. While it won't be easy to meet this requirement, it may not be as hard as it seems.More

Code bundling for CT of the abdomen, pelvis significantly reduces imaging reimbursements
Health Imaging
Medicare code bundling of CT of the abdomen and pelvis results in a large reduction in reimbursements for imaging, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have reduced reimbursements for imaging in recent years. More

7 mistakes to avoid when choosing your practice's advisors — Part I
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Savvy radiology practice owners typically rely on a team of advisors for assistance in running and growing their practice. At their best, advisors can add tremendous value on an array of areas — from business decisions, to corporate and deal structure, to tax and financial results. Because of this, it is critical that radiology practice owners take seriously their process for hiring and evaluating advisors and look for second opinions where warranted. In this first part of a two-part article, we examine four pitfalls common to practice owners and executives when working with advisors. More

Find deeper healthcare supply chain savings
Health Leaders Media
As margins shrink and budgets tighten in reaction to healthcare reform and the development of value-based reimbursement models, hospitals and health systems need to trim as much expense as possible from the supply chain in order to remain financially viable. Simply relying on a group purchasing organization to contract with vendors for competitive pricing is not going to cut it anymore.More

The I's of transformational leadership
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
There are numerous leadership styles that are practiced today by those serving in management positions. There is transactional, servant and transformational leadership styles. As a general rule, people utilize a combination of leadership styles throughout their day. I know I do. Transformational leadership was first introduced by James MacGregor Burns in 1978 as a process where "leaders and followers help each other to advance to a higher level of morale and motivation."More