May 10, 2011

Register to attend the Radiology Summit by May 13 and SAVE!
The deadline to register for the Radiology Summit at the discounted rate is this Friday, May 13. Don't miss out on the opportunity to engage in one of the top radiology business conferences nationwide.

Register today.

2011 Radiology Summit
June 5-8
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, La.

Click here for details.

Should you set up an ACO?
On March 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a rule containing proposed regulations for Accountable Care Organizations under the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of ACOs is to improve the coordination of patient care by hospitals, physicians, and other providers by providing incentives to work together. Those ACOs that achieve lower growth in health care costs while meeting quality performance standards will be rewarded through the Medicare Shared Savings Program. ACO participation by patients and providers is voluntary.

Come hear a panel discussion at the RBMA Executive Education Program this summer that will give you the facts on: Setting Up an ACO: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Register to attend today!

Executive Education Program
July 21-23
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Update your company profile for the RBMA Buyers' Guide
One of the benefits for corporate members is to have a free listing in the RBMA Buyers' Guide. The Buyers' Guide is included in the July/August issue of the RBMA Bulletin.

If you are a corporate member and have not done so already, please check your listing by June 3 and make sure it is up to date.

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Congratulations to the 2011 recipients of the Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship
The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are first time practice managers or those interested in becoming a practice manager a chance to experience the value of RBMA. The scholarship recipient will be awarded the opportunity to attend either the RBMA Radiology Summit or RBMA Fall Educational Conference.

This year with a generous donation from the Bob Luther family, RBMA granted two scholarships. Both scholarship recipients will be attending the Radiology Summit.


Connie Brown has been in health care management and leadership for more than 26 years, and is currently the operations management analyst at Banner Health, North Colorado Medical Center with a concurrent role as practice manager for seven employed radiologists. She is a founding member of the Colorado State Chapter of the RBMA and is currently serving as the chapter’s president. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Regis University.

Kassie Hoglund is currently the associate A/R manager at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Patient Service Department, Receipt Posting department, Refund Department, and Government payors follow up teams. She has been in the radiology industry for more than 20 years.

Subscribe to new RBMA Forums
The following two new Forums are now available for subscription. RBMA members may opt to receive one or both of the new Forums on a real-time or digest basis (one release at the end of the day).

Payor Relations
Hospital-Based Practices

Subscriptions are not yet available for staff of RBMA members.

Please allow two business days for your subscription submittal to be processed. Once the subscription has been authorized members may begin participating in the Forum by emailing either
payorrelations@rbma.org or Hospitalpractices@rbma.org.

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CMS regulations expand enrollment screening procedures and authority to suspend payment
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a final rule adopting three levels (limited, moderate and high) of screening standards for Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program providers and suppliers based on the level of risk for fraud.More

Electronic medical records: Incentive payments
This year, billions of federal stimulus dollars are expected to flow to the medical community to aid in the implementation of electronic medical records.More

Stark law disclosure requirement for MRI, CT and PET tests
As of Jan. 1, physicians who furnish MRI, CT or PET services for their Medicare patients in reliance on the in-office ancillary services exception must inform the patient in writing at the time of the referral that the patient may obtain the MRI, CT or PET test from others.More

Proposed rules for the state innovation application process released by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury
The Departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury recently issued a set of proposed rules outlining how states may apply for "Innovation Waivers."More

Registration required for Illinois medical and professional Limited Liability Companies
A new rule requires Illinois Limited Liability Companies that provide medical, dental or other professional services to register with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.More

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

MERGE Healthcare and Omnicare Clinical Research partner for clinical trial win
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, announced that Omnicare Clinical Research, a full service Contract Research Organization and subsidiary of Omnicare, Inc., will work with Merge's clinical trial solutions in a major new clinical trial.More

ADVOCATE is selected as new billing service provider for respected radiology practices nationwide
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that it has been awarded the exclusive billing agreements with five radiology practices.More

Advanced visualization and women's imaging
Health Imaging
Early data are beginning to demonstrate the deleterious impact of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Forces revision of screening mammography guidelines in 2009. Studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society in Chicago revealed that primary care physicians are referring fewer patients age 40 to 49 for screening mammography and fewer women in that age cohort are seeking screening exams.More

Will electronic health records save the planet?
CBS News
Can switching from paper to electronic health records bring better health for patients? One thing's for sure: the switch will be good for the health of the planet — at least if you believe the results of a new study by California-based health-care giant Kaiser Permanente. The study showed that electronic health records could lower carbon dioxide emissions across the U.S.More

ACR issues strategies to prepare radiologists for ACOs
Medscape Today
Radiologists need to adopt new strategies and prepare for a major cultural shift if they expect to thrive in the new environment of accountable care organizations under healthcare reform, according to a white paper published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

GOP rethinking bid to overhaul Medicare rules
The New York Times
House Republicans signaled that they are backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan — a proposal to overhaul Medicare — in a decision that underscored both the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation's long-term fiscal problems.More

Hospitals on alert for X-ray thieves
The Columbus Dispatch
When a thief left Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio, with a truckload of X-ray film last fall, hospital officials thought he was an employee of a recycling firm hired to dispose of the material. Hospital employees learned recently that the film actually was taken by an opportunistic criminal hoping to cash in on the silver contained in it.More

Therapy dogs may help ease anxiety of MRI
HealthDay News via U.S. News and World Report
Therapy dogs can help ease patients' anxiety before they have an MRI scan, researchers have found. Worry is common among patients having an MRI. This unease can lead to poor image quality because patients may move or because the scan has to end early, the researchers explained.More

Vendor's ire: Payors aren't HIPAA 5010-ready
Government Health IT
In yet another indication that the health care industry is lagging with HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10, one software vendor has gotten so fed up it issued a public statement just, it would appear, to exercise that frustration. Physician's Computer Company, PCC for short, essentially planted a flag on some planet's moon by circulating a press release stating it is ready "to begin full production of the updated 5010 transaction standard."More