May. 14, 2013

Question of the week
Do you track your practice's Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction adjustments separately from other adjustments?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: What percent of your insurance carriers reduced their fee schedule or conversion factor this year, and approximately what percent of your total procedures do you estimate this will affect?

Click here to access the Hot Topics archives.More

Member benefit: The RBMA Community Gateway
Do you have an important document to share with colleagues that is too cumbersome to include in an email browser? Has a member asked on an RBMA Forum for a sample form you might have?

The RBMA Community Gateway is a private portal onto which RBMA members may upload documents to share with other members. Who has time to reinvent 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

Be a part of the the Radiology Summit: Follow us on Facebook
RBMA will be posting photographs and Radiology Summit updates on our Facebook wall each day. Stop by and take a peek or feel free to add your own comments, like RBMA President Bob Still!

Your colleagues who are at home and were not able to come to the Radiology Summit will be able to see what they are missing. Be sure to "Like" RBMA on Facebook to receive the posting notifications!More

Register online to attend the Radiology Summit by Friday, May 17, 5 p.m. ET
Registration will be available onsite for an additional fee. Save $100 by registering online by this Friday!

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

Click here for details.More

Download your handouts before arriving at the Radiology Summit
As you know, paper handouts and continuing education forms will not be available onsite. You may download the information, session handouts and continuing education forms at a confidential link that was emailed to Radiology Summit registrants last Friday.

If you did not receive the link, please contact info@rbma.org.

Or you may download the RBMA Radiology Summit App sponsored by Zotec Partners to your mobile device to access the handouts and continuing education forms and much more! To download the App, visit http://crwd.cc/RS13 on your Web-enabled smartphone or tablet device, where you will be automatically directed to upload the version of the app compatible with your device.More

Corporate partners: Update your listing in the RBMA Buyers' Guide by May 15
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. Only the Primary Corporate member can edit the Buyers' Guide profile.More

Learn how you can earn an Executive MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute
The RLI has officially announced a partnership with the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University to offer RLI enrollees an online Executive MBA degree. The JWMI is the only online executive education program built on the proven leadership and management principles of Jack Welch — one of the world's most celebrated CEOs.

Register today to attend an informational webinar!

Thursday, May 23
8 p.m. ET
Register now

For additional information about the Jack Welch Management Institute EMBA program, please visit http://jackwelch.strayer.edu.More

Babson's Fast Track MBA program admissions webinar
Considering pursuing an MBA? Join us for this informative webinar to learn how you can apply RLI credits toward Babson's Fast Track MBA program.

Learn about RLI's partnership with Babson College's highly acclaimed Fast Track MBA program and discover how to use Entrepreneurial Thought and Action to differentiate you as a leader in your organization. RLI participants who complete levels I-IV of the RLI program will now be awarded credits toward an MBA from Babson College's Olin Graduate School of Business. Utilizing a blend of Web-based learning and face-to-face sessions, this program is ideal for working professionals exploring flexible options to obtain their MBA. Learn about the program structure and curriculum from Faculty Director Michael Cummings. Ask questions of Fast Track graduate Barry Katz, MD, who is also a radiologist, and discover why Babson's MBA program has been ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship for the past 20 years.

Sign up today for this free webinar!

Monday, June 17
8-9 p.m. ET
Register now

Bills to repeal MPPR pick up 15 new sponsors
Imaging Biz
Direct lobbying by American College of Radiology members in Washington, D.C. for the ACR's annual meeting and chapter leadership conference paid off in 12 Representatives and three Senators adding their names to legislation to remove the multiple procedure payment reduction on the professional component of imaging.More

New federal regulations require material changes to Notice of Privacy Practices
On January 25, 2013 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

Radiology's ACO play: Get in the game — now
Imaging Biz
The ACO, a relatively new concept that met with great skepticism when it appeared in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now ranks at the top of the conversation-starter list in the radiology community. Imaging providers have debated whether it is necessary for them to engage with these entities, and, if they do, what roles they would play. More

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

OnQ Research selects Merge eClinical OS for electronic data capture
Merge Healthcare Incorportaed
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that OnQ Research Pty Ltd, a South African based full-service Clinical Research Organization, has selected Merge's eClinical OS solution for electronic data capture to expand their in-house data management service offering.More

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions to showcase coding workflow and automation platform at Radiology Summit
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare revenue cycle management outsourcing solutions, will be demonstrating its state-of-the-art coding platform, iCode, at the RBMA 2013 Radiology Summit, May 19-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo.More

Silicon Valley MRI and CT deploys RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS/MU
Silicon Valley MRI and CT, an outpatient imaging center specializing in MRI and CT in Los Gatos, Calif., is another RamSoft customer that has decided to upgrade their existing PowerServer PACS to PowerServer RIS/PACS/MU to expand their workflow needs and attest for meaningful use incentive programs.More

MRI payment cuts having dramatic effect on radiology groups
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
If you wonder why your practice has been busy but income is dropping this year, here's another place to look: MRI extremity joint codes. On Jan. 1, CMS cut both the lower extremity joint MRI (CPT code 73721) and upper extremity joint MRI (CPT code 73221) payment by 30 percent. And more decreases are on the way. The cuts caught the radiology world by surprise.More

Growth to return to interventional x-ray equipment market
Health Imaging
The outlook for the U.S. interventional x-ray equipment market seems to be reverting back to positive levels as of the end of 2012, following three years of contraction in the interventional radiology and interventional cardiology segments, according to a report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan. This reversal is being driven by growth opportunities in sub-segments of the IR and IC markets, the report said.More

Adding dose, cost info to decision support sways exam ordering
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Educating referring physicians about radiation dose and the cost of imaging exams can prompt as many as half of them to change their orders for imaging studies, according to a study published online in the journal Medical Care. The radiology community's increasing concern about excessive radiation exposure has produced the successful Image Gently campaign for children and Image Wisely for adults. More

Hospital billing varies wildly, government data shows
The New York Times
A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while one in Orange Park, Fla., charged $91,000. In one hospital in Dallas, the average bill for treating simple pneumonia was $14,610, while another there charged over $38,000. More

CMS proposes reduced hospital DSH cuts
Health Leaders Media
Some acute care hospitals would see a $1.1 billion reduction in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funds for two years under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal. Some 2,000 acute care hospitals that treat large numbers of the uninsured would see a $1.1 billion reduction in federal subsidies, called Medicaid disproportionate share funds, over the next two years under a proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.More