May. 8, 2012

Question of the week
What accounting basis does your practice use?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
How many total hours of lectures do your radiologists offer to staff and committees at your hospital(s) in an average month?

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The deadline to register for the Radiology Summit at the discounted rate has been extended to May 11
You can't afford to miss this conference, so we extended the deadline to register at the discounted rate one week to make it affordable!

See you in Orlando!

RBMA Radiology Summit
May 20-23
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®
Orlando, Fla.

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eSeries: Meaningful Use Updates for Radiology FREE for RBMA members
Meaningful use is top of mind for many in healthcare this year, but does your practice qualify? It can be complicated to implement in radiology. Attend a dynamic webinar, presented by Julie Pekarek, to learn the basics of the program, which includes registration and eligibility, certification of technology, the measures and attestation. Find out how the program is working overall to date, get some real-life feedback from providers who have successfully begun working the program. Also, learn what to expect in Stage 2 criteria for eligible professionals.

Meaningful Use Updates for Radiology
Tuesday, May 15
Noon–1:30 p.m. Central Time

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The RBMA Community Gateway
The RBMA Community Gateway is a private portal in which RBMA members may upload documents to share with other members. Who has time to re-invent the wheel? This ever-growing collection is designed to generate ideas, provide solutions and save you time.

On the Gateway you will find documents that were requested on the RBMA Forums on advocacy, marketing, contracts, coding, policies and procedures, including information on radiation safety plus much, much more.

You may search by using a keyword or scroll down through the categories. When you find a document you want, simply click on the title and the document will open in a new tab. All posted resources are free to RBMA members!

Click here to access the RBMA Community Gateway! You may also access the Gateway from the RBMA homepage.More

Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: The Far-Reaching Impacts
Many in healthcare erroneously believe that the move to ICD-10-CM involves only the coding and IT functions. To the contrary, ICD-10 will affect multiple areas of radiology providers' operations, which translates to an enormous amount of preparatory work that must be completed before the compliance deadline. Make sure your facility is not caught off guard. This MedLearn webcast seminar, first in a series, Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: The Far-Reaching Impacts, was presented live on May 1. Did you miss it? Don't fall too far behind! The recording is now available for purchase. Catch up and sign up for the three remaining webcasts on ICD-10-CM!

RBMA members receive a 10 percent discount off the registration fees for each session!

Click here to order the recording.

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ACR reaffirms policy supporting RBMA
The Council of the American College of Radiology (ACR), approved at its Annual Meeting last month, the continuation of ACR policy that encourages radiology business managers to belong to the RBMA for an additional 10 years. The policy states:

Business Management Association: The ACR urges all radiologists and radiation oncologists to encourage their business managers to become or remain members of the Radiology Business Management Association or the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators. Recognizing that these associations will benefit radiology, the ACR continues to support their broadening membership bases and attendance at educational seminars.More

Final HITECH Act regulations to be released in 2012
After many delays and extensions, the long-awaited Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act regulations are expected to be published by Summer 2012.More

Time to evaluate your recruiting, hiring and accommodating practices
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over the past decade 3 million veterans have returned from military service, and another 1 million are expected to return to civilian life over the course of the next five years with the anticipated drawdown of operations in the Middle East. Employers will, therefore, more regularly confront issues relative to veteran employment and/or reemployment, including the employment of disabled veterans.More

Recent developments concerning HIPAA audits and penalties for non-compliance
The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has recently announced that the first 20 HIPAA audit letters have been sent to covered entities. The audit program will involve up to 150 covered entities by the end of 2012.More

Hold the NLRB posting
The fate of the NLRB's employee rights poster is delayed — yet again. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order on April 17 delaying the posting until after it hears an appeal on its legality in September.More

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

Merge Healthcare releases image archiving in the cloud via Merge Honeycomb
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the release of Merge Honeycomb Archive, a new image archiving application available within its cloud-based platform.More

vRad names Morgan CEO
Virtual Radiologic, a Minneapolis-based teleradiology practice, announced it named George Morgan as its new CEO, effective immediately.More

Wisconsin radiology practice turns to McKesson for full-service revenue management
Radiology Associates of Fox Valley in Neenah, Wis., has selected McKesson Revenue Management Solutions to help the group modernize its revenue cycle operations and navigate rapid changes in the healthcare billing and coding environment.More

Healthcare increasingly out of reach for millions of Americans
Kaiser Health News
Having trouble finding a doctor? You're not alone. Tens of millions of adults under 65 — both those with insurance and those without — saw their access to healthcare dramatically worsen over the past decade, according to a new study. The findings suggest more privately insured Americans are delaying treatment due to rising out-of-pocket costs, while safety net programs for the poor and uninsured are failing to keep up with demand for care.More

Healthcare job growth slows in April
Health Leaders Media
The healthcare sector created 19,000 jobs in April — accounting for nearly one in six of the 115,000 new jobs in the larger economy for the month, new federal data shows. April job figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that healthcare sector job growth is decelerating apace with slowing job growth across the larger economy. Like healthcare, the overall economy recorded strong job growth in January and February that sharply tailed off in March and April.More

Meaningful use: The electronic communication requirement
Physicians Practice (registration required)
One of the core requirements of meaningful use under CMS' EHR Incentive Program states that to qualify, the provider must have: "Capability to exchange key clinical information (for example, problem list, medication list, allergies, and diagnostic test results), among providers of care and patient authorized entities electronically." This is good, because electronic communication between providers has the potential to radically change healthcare.More

Radiology's role in achieving goals for accountable care organizations
Imaging Economics
While administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, MD, identified a triple aim for healthcare reform achievable through the Affordable Care Act: better health, better healthcare and better value. These objectives, if achieved, will translate to a healthier population, an improved patient care experience and greater value for the dollars spent — lofty, but popular, goals.More

Study blames high prices, technology for US healthcare costs
Imaging Biz
In a per-capita comparison among a dozen other Western nations, the United States is far and away the price leader in healthcare if not the utilization leader, according to a new report from policy group The Commonwealth Fund. The report, which sources its data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, claims that "average diagnostic imaging fees ($1,080 for an MRI and $510 for a CT exam) are far higher than what is charged in almost all of the other countries."More

Varian, Siemens shed light on new partnership
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
It isn't an everyday occurrence for two medical device industry leaders to announce a collaboration, but such an event occurred recently between radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems and multimodality vendor Siemens Healthcare. The companies announced that they will work together to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic devices and services for treating cancer. More