May 17, 2011

Question of the Week
If your practice has a policy or procedure regarding the minimum balance to be refunded to a patient, what is the minimum amount that will be refunded? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Does your facility load outside comparison studies from CD into its PACS (if possible), or must radiologists view the studies outside the PACS?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Quick-Fire Case Studies: Your chance to speak out at the Radiology Summit!
Experience a new learning format at the Radiology Summit — Learning Labs. Learning Labs are a combination of a brief lecture with an extended Q&A with attendees.

On Monday, June 6, one of the Learning Labs will focus on Quick-Fire Case Studies. During this session attendees have a once-in-a-lifetime three-minute chance to present a challenge or obstacle that resulted in a new successful procedure or process. This is an opportunity to showcase your success as well as provide a potential solution to your peers who are facing the same difficulty.

Share your own success story in exchange for one you can take home. This session will not be recorded, and the only way to obtain the information not found anywhere else is to attend.

If you have a story to tell and would like to reserve a three-minute spot during the session to share, email your reservation to angela.carroccia@rbma.org before arriving at the Summit.

Registration for the Radiology Summit is still open. If you have not done so already, please register today!

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

Click here for details.More

RBMA RadCast available through MultiBriefs app
RBMA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create RBMA RadCast, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. RBMA RadCast is also available on the MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you may add the RBMA feed. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. Android phone users also may access the app by going to the Android Marketplace and searching "MultiBriefs" to access the Android version of the app.More

Post a message on the Radiology Summit wall and enter to win RBMA bucks!
Start talking before the Radiology Summit! Post a message or question on the RBMA Radiology Summit's Facebook wall and your name will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in RBMA Bucks!

The drawings will take place every Friday until the Radiology Summit beginning this Friday, May 20, and ending June 3.

RBMA Bucks can be redeemed toward any RBMA product, seminar or conference.

Click here to access the Radiology Summit Wall! In order to post a message you must "like" us first!


Health care reform — from another perspective
Join Ralph Lawson, FHFMA, CPA, when he presents A Hospital CFO's Perspective on Health Care Reform at the upcoming advanced Executive Education Program.

Register to attend today!

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

Click here for details.More

RBMA is seeking feedback from members
As an association, we strive to provide members with resources that meet business needs and enhance professional growth. To make sure we stay on track, we reach out to our members once a year and ask them how we are doing through our Annual Members' Assessment Survey.

All members recently should have received an invitation to participate in this year’s Annual Members’ Assessment Survey. If you have not received the notification please email memberbship@rbma.org for the link.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in shaping the future of RBMA.More

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

Premier imaging group signs contract renewal with Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announces that PENRAD Imaging, out of Colorado Springs, Colo., has inked a five-year contract renewal to continue licensing the company's billing software. The group has been a Zotec Partners client since 2006.More

XIFIN customers realize $1 billion in incremental cash collection
XIFIN Inc., the leading provider of revenue cycle management for diagnostic service providers, announced that customers utilizing XIFIN to automate the billing process and identify the root causes of costly billing errors have realized cumulative gains of $1 billion in net cash collection, adjusted for growth.More

Diagnose a stroke on your iPhone
Diagnostic Imaging
If radiologists need another reason to justify their iPhone, it just arrived. It's now possible to diagnose strokes from scans sent to a smart-phone, using a newly developed Canadian app, with positive implications for teleradiology and rural communities.More

Does your billing system cut it?
Diagnostic Imaging
Radiology bills aren't straightforward — they get split into categories for professional or technical services with more than one entity often billing for different elements of the same procedure. Choosing the right financial and billing software system, or the best vendor to outsource billing to, is a critical business decision not to be taken lightly. More

Medicare could run out of money sooner than previously predicted
Los Angeles Times
Highlighting the financial peril confronting Medicare, the federal government predicted that the program's largest trust fund would run out of money in 2024, five years earlier than projected last year.More

Delay of HIPAA privacy, security rules almost over
Government Health IT
The long-awaited final rule that will strengthen HIPAA privacy and security safeguards to better protect electronic health information will be released by the end of the year, according to a senior health privacy official. The final omnibus rule will take effect as healthcare providers begin to exchange health information and more organizations are involved in helping to transmit sensitive data. More

Certification regulations complicate meaningful use program
Of the three tenets of meaningful use — adopt certified electronic health record technology, demonstrate core and menu set requirements, and report on clinical quality measures — the piece about adopting certified EHRs is more complicated than most health care providers anticipated. More

New pacemaker allows for MRI
Los Angeles Times
The low heart rate, water retention and fatigue have all but disappeared for Bob Fouts since doctors implanted a pacemaker in the 79-year-old Korean War veteran. To top it off, Fouts will still be able to undergo an MRI for his unrelated back ailment and leg pain because he has a new type of pacemaker that can withstand the test's powerful magnetic field. More

Working in a totally digital radiology department
HealthTech Wire
Professor Dirk Pickuth, chief physician at the Institute of Diagnsotic and Interventional Radiology, gave an overview of his experiences in adopting a totally digital radiology system. The key to selling a system to staff, he said, is to ensure they see the benefits as soon as possible. More