May. 15, 2012

You can still register to attend the Radiology Summit
The Radiology Summit is only days away, and you can still register online until 5 p.m. ET Friday, May 18. After that, you can register onsite; however, the fee will increase by an additional $100.

Don't wait until the last minute, register today and SAVE!

See you in Orlando!

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

Click here for conference details.More

Follow the Summit on Facebook then tweet about us
Can't make the Summit? Take a peek at what you are missing by visiting our Facebook page beginning next Monday. Full conference coverage will be displayed including photographs!

If you want to send a message or comment to others regarding the Summit, create a Twitter account (if you don't have one already) and tweet using hashtag #rbmasummit. Your message will not only reach your followers but will be displayed on our new mobile conference app.

Be a part of the RBMA virtual community! Click here to access the RBMA Facebook page.More

The May/June issue of the RBMA Bulletin is now available online and in print
Now you can read the most current issue of the RBMA Bulletin in any setting or environment!

  1. Read the printed copy that arrived in your mailbox — anywhere, anytime, at your leisure. No electricity or WiFi required!
  2. On the Web, click on the Bulletin cover graphic to download a complete pdf version of this issue of the RBMA Bulletin. (Only recommended for those with a high-speed Internet connection.)
  3. Enjoy the online version by clicking on each story listed. Each story will appear on a Web page.
  4. View the magazine in its new digital format that includes photos, images and links to key authors and advertisers.
  5. Download the new digital RBMA Bulletin to your PC/Mac for offline reading.
Click here to access the May/June RBMA Bulletin online.More

RBMA members needed for ACR MR and CT clinical staff survey
The American College of Radiology needs your help in collecting information on the typical clinical staff used to provide MR and CT services in your practice. This information will be used by the ACR in recommendations on Medicare's technical component payments for these services to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, May 21. To complete the survey, please click here. All individual responses will be kept confidential and the results will only be used in aggregate with no identification of individual survey respondents. Thank you in advance for your help.More

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

Lutheran Healthcare selects Merge Healthcare for enterprise-wide imaging platform
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Lutheran HealthCare, Brooklyn's premier healthcare network, has selected its iConnect® portfolio to create an enterprise-wide imaging platform across its hospital system.More

Medical Management Professionals, Inc. to provide Physician's Diagnostic Imaging, PC with MMPact® Billing Services
Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive billing contract with Physician's Diagnostic Imaging, PC, in Roslyn, N.Y.More

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions to speak at Spring 2012 Radiology Summit
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare revenue cycle management outsourcing solutions, announced that two of its thought leaders, Denise Cawley, MHA, CPC, vice president of client relations, and Brigette LaBar, director of client relations, will speak at the Spring 2012 Radiology Summit in Orlando, Fla. Their presentation is entitled: "ICD-10 — Prepare for the Unexpected," and will cover how radiology management should use the additional time created by the ICD-10 implementation delay to prepare for the new coding system's impact on their operations, beginning October 2014.More

Information liberation
Imaging Economics
On March 26, Regional Medical Imaging, an independent, full-service radiology practice with five locations in the Flint, Mich., area became one of the first radiology practices in the nation to successfully comply with CMS federal ambulatory Meaningful Use regulations. RMI received a check for stimulus incentives totaling $216,000 — representing about a third of the total incentives expected under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More

Decision-support software reduces emergency CT orders by 10 percent
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A decision-support software tool that requires emergency department physicians to explain why they are ordering CT scans reduced the number of abdominal studies being performed at a Philadelphia hospital by 10 percent, according to a study presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in Chicago.More

The best marketing practice you're probably doing wrong
Imaging Biz
In the realm of best marketing practices in medical imaging, one may assume that the most successful enterprises are doing everything — or almost everything — right. "Successful," though, is a relative term. Volume is no longer equated with profitability and even those facilities, whether an IDTF or a regional or national chain, with appropriate investments in marketing are finding that the going is getting tougher.More

CMS cuts red tape, providers to save $5 billion
Health Leaders Media
Health providers and payors stand to save $1.1 billion in one year and $5 billion over five years because of relaxed regulatory red tape specified in two final Medicare rules released by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The numerous changes are designed to eliminate or reduce what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called "unnecessary, obsolete, or burdensome regulations" imposed on hospitals and other healthcare providers.More

House approves $310 billion in cuts, but passage in Senate unlikely
The New York Times
The House approved sweeping legislation to cut $310 billion from the deficit over the next decade — much of it from programs for the poor — and shift some of that savings to the Pentagon to stave off automatic military spending cuts scheduled for next year. The legislation has no chance of passing the Senate or becoming law. The White House issued a stern veto threat.More

Insurers must credit rebates to health law
The Wall Street Journal (paid registration required)
Health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer that the check is the result of the Obama administration's healthcare law, according to new federal guidelines. The move is the latest sign the Obama administration is trying to draw attention to the law's benefits before the fall elections, even though the law faces an uncertain future.More