May. 7, 2013

Celebrate a salute to America at the Radiology Summit
All Radiology Summit attendees and guests are invited to attend the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Sunday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m., sponsored by Imagine Software. Come prepared with your red, white and blue, and join in the festivities! A variety of libations and a good old fashioned picnic cuisine will be available.

Patriotic music will be playing as you make your way into the all-American decorated Exhibit Hall. Take in the sights and play a few games as you parade around the Exhibit Hall and meet up with industry vendors.

As a special tribute, "Uncle" Sam Khashman will be in the Imagine Software booth to shake your hand and explain how Imagine needs You!

If you have not already registered to attend the Radiology Summit, there is still time and space available!

Radiology Summit
The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Corporate partners: Update your listing in the RBMA Buyers' Guide
The July/August issue of the RBMA Bulletin will focus on Technology and include a vendor Buyers' Guide. Be sure to showcase your company in this annual publication.

Entries are complimentary to RBMA Corporate Members. All Corporate Members will be included in the Buyers' Guide. You do not need to apply. However, you do need to make sure your company information is up to date. All contact information and references to products or services will be derived from your profile.

Corporate Members with no information populated will not appear in the Buyers' Guide.

Click here to create/update your Buyers' Guide listing. Updates must be submitted by May 15 to be included in the 2013 Buyers' Guide. Only the Primary Corporate member can edit the Buyer's Guide profile.More

New members! Last chance to request your RBMA Bucks for the Radiology Summit
All new 2013 members are eligible to receive the RBMA briefcase, which includes $360 RBMA Bucks to use toward a 2013 RBMA annual conference.

Request your RBMA Bucks by May 15 to apply toward the Radiology Summit at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. If you are unable to attend the Radiology Summit, you may still use your $360 toward the Fall Educational Conference on Sept. 8-11 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, if you pre-register by June 30.

To request your RBMA Bucks, click hereMore

Battle of the documents: The interplay of your employment agreement and the hospital's medical staff bylaws
If you are a physician considering employment with a hospital or private practice in which hospital medical staff privileges will be needed, or you are currently employed by a hospital or private practice and have medical staff privileges, it is imperative that you understand your rights as an employee and as a member of the hospital's medical staff, and the interplay between those two roles.More

New federal regulations require material changes to Notice of Privacy Practices
On Jan. 25, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a series of regulations to implement various provisions of the federal law known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Included in that rule were requirements affecting Notices of Privacy Practices which healthcare providers and most health plans must adopt and furnish to patients and plan beneficiaries.More

CMS issues guidance on ACO physician exclusivity
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Radiology's ACO play: Get in the game, now
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7 useful marketing strategies for radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
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Bundled payments could shortchange radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
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RBMA calendar of events
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Merge reports record first quarter sales
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced its financial and business results for the first quarter of 2013.More

As healthcare costs slow, IPAB's launch is delayed
The Washington Post
With a mandate to drive down Medicare spending, the Independent Payment Advisory Board has always been among the health law's most-controversial provisions. Legislators in both parties have attacked the board's power to dictate Medicare spending cuts without Congress' seal of approval. While IPAB is specifically barred from changing Medicare's benefits or increasing cost-sharing, critics worry that cutting doctors' payment rates could lead to worse care.More

Republicans propose Medicaid caps
The Hill
Two prominent Republicans outlined a plan to limit federal Medicaid spending and give states more control over the program. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, proposed a "per capita cap" on Medicaid benefits.More

Radiology staffing: How to do more with less
Diagnostic Imaging
Is your radiology practice's case load growing, but your staffing level isn't? You're not alone. "It's absolutely the case for us," said David Marichal, chief technology officer of Radiology and Imaging Specialists in Florida. "It's been a trend in terms of the industry."More

State spending on consumer assistance could have 'huge impact' on marketplace enrollment
Kaiser Health News and Washington Post
Florida is on course to spend $6 million to reach out to nearly 4 million uninsured people and help them sign up for coverage in the federal health law's online marketplace this fall. Maryland will spend more than four times as much, or about $24.8 million, to help about 730,000 uninsured. The District of Columbia expects to spend about $9 million assisting 42,000 uninsured. More

Healthcare slowdown is saving U.S. money
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The recent slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs in the U.S. could be a sign of long-term trends rather than a result of the recession, according to a new research paper in Health Affairs. If the hypothesis is correct, it could mean that the U.S. could save as much as $770 billion in Medicare spending over the next 10 years.More

Speaking out on social media
Health Imaging
The imaging enterprise has a huge public relations problem. Since the advent of PACS and real-time speech transcription, radiologists have sequestered themselves in reading rooms and thrown away the key. The days of radiology rounds and daily interactions with referring providers are gone. To make matters worse, patients are not aware that physicians with specialized training are responsible for the acquisition and interpretation of imaging exams.More