RadCast
May. 19, 2015

The last day to submit your registration for the Radiology Summit is June 1
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Please note that all registrations (online, mail and fax) must be received by 5 p.m. EDT. All registrations thereafter will be on-site at the on-site rate.

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Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas
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Radiology integration models — Overview and lessons learned
RBMA
Health systems and hospitals are exploring new ways for integrating the delivery of healthcare. Most of these initiatives to date have involved primary care and surgical specialties. Radiology can add value to integrated care and such models involving radiology are evolving.

Join Michael Gonzales; Charles McRae, MBA; William Moore II, MBA, CRA; and Randal Roat, CHBME, as they present this session at the upcoming Radiology Summit.

Discover the factors driving integrated care delivery; identify the various ways radiology is integrating with hospitals and health systems; and apply lessons learned from radiology practices that have successfully and unsuccessfully integrated with their hospital or health system.

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Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas
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Merge webinar recording is available
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On April 30, Julie Pekarek and Michael Bohl presented Clinical Decision Support: On Track for a Standardized Process for the 2017 Deadline during an online webinar. If you were unable to attend, the recording is available to RBMA members at no cost.

In March 2014, as a part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, new legislation was enacted to mandate the use of Clinical Decision Support for advanced imaging. Because the act also delayed ICD-10 and the SGR, this component may have been overlooked. However, it will have a dramatic effect on the current imaging ordering process. This webinar will help you understand both the legislation and the progress made to date on ensuring that providers are ready to implement it.

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Give the gift of learning to a rising radiology manager
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There has been no clear-cut program to learn the ins and outs of the business of radiology — until now. RBMA U's online course, Radiology Business 101, is a broad program that covers an overview of topics relating to the business of radiology. Based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge, Radiology Business 101 is a perfect gift for anyone looking to advance their career or refresh their knowledge of the industry.

Share this wealth of information with a colleague by purchasing a course as a gift or award a course as recognition to a staff member for outstanding performance in the practice.

Information on RBMA U can be found here.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? 8 years of A/R results available
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RBMA imported A/R data from the last five standalone Accounts Receivable Performance Surveys when DataMAXX was launched in 2012. Subscribers at the free, participant basic subscription level can run reports for those years immediately if they participated in those surveys. They also can run reports on the years for which they have submitted data through DataMAXX. Data for 2012 through 2014 can still be submitted.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Business intelligence: An example in physician scheduling
RBMA
The process of physician scheduling and shift modeling offers a great example of how business intelligence can yield practicality.More

CMS: Radiologists are buying into PQRS program
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Participation by radiologists in the U.S. government's Physician Quality Reporting System has been high, according to a report recently issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Leading the pack are interventional radiologists, with nearly three-quarters participating. PQRS is part of a CMS initiative to promote higher quality in healthcare. More

Newly introduced bill looks to establish ICD-10 grace period
Health Imaging
After a series of delays, it looks like the U.S. healthcare system will finally upgrade to the ICD-10 coding standard on Oct. 1. While there's no political will to push back the rollout any further, a new bill introduced in the U.S. House looks to implement a transition period that would protect reimbursements when inaccurate codes are submitted. More

Most states decreased spending on medical imaging
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Policy makers should take into consideration that most states have made significant decreases in medical imaging costs before putting forth new policy efforts, according to a presentation at ACR 2015, held in Washington, D.C. Researchers performed an assessment of recent trends in Medicare Part B spending for medical imaging. More

Payor negotiation: A little preparation goes a long way
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Reading the fine print on your payor contracts may seem like more trouble than it's worth, especially if you assume the terms are set in stone. However, physicians have more leverage than they might think, experts say, and with a little preparation may be able to negotiate a better deal. "A lot of practices don't like to negotiate with payors and may have contracts filed away that have never changed for five or 10 years," said Jeffrey Milburn, a healthcare consultant.More

Tech exec: no true interoperability without imaging
Imaging Biz
Healthcare provider organizations working out interoperability strategies must include medical imaging in their tactical initiatives. And the key to successfully incorporating imaging as a critical interoperability component is tending to three key parts: connecting with community physicians, optimizing EHR capabilities and managing internal imaging. More