May. 21, 2013

Radiology Summit opens with a salute to America!
The RBMA Radiology Summit opening last night with the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall: A Salute to America. Sponsored by Imagine Software, the festivities included patriotic decorations, music, games, a variety of libations and picnic style cuisine.

RBMA was fortunate to have a very special appearance by Imagine's own "Uncle Sam!"

The Radiology Summit will continue through Wednesday, May 22, and will offer general and concurrent educational sessions as well as a sold-out exhibit hall of industry vendors.More

See the Radiology Summit on Facebook
Take a peek at what you are missing by visiting our Facebook page. 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 #rbmasrs. Your message will not only reach your followers but will be displayed on our conference app.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 webpage.
  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

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

CT colonography: Navigating the path to reimbursement
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
VideoBrief Reimbursement for CT colonography has been a long and at times piecemeal path. Now, there are a few approaches to covering CTC, also known as virtual colonoscopy, said Perry Pickhardt, MD, chief of gastrointestinal imaging at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. There's the grassroots approach through local payers, a legislative approach through Congress or the broader, more immediate approach would be to have CMS cover it as a screening tool.More

How chargemaster data may affect hospital revenue
Health Leaders Media
The now transparent federal database of hospital prices could motivate hospital financial assistance offices to write more flexible policies for collecting from uninsured, underinsured and Medicare Advantage patients. Some hospital industry executives dismiss the release of the federal chargemaster list of prices for 100 types of hospital care, saying it bears little relation to the charges that are actually negotiated and paid.More

15 percent of physicians declining EHRs
Information Week
Nearly all U.S. doctors responding to a recent Accenture survey said they use electronic health records. But a new report from Deloitte shows a somewhat different picture: Just two-thirds of physicians said they have an EHR capable of showing Meaningful Use, and 45 percent of the remaining third, or about 15 percent of all respondents, said they have no plans to purchase an EHR that meets MU criteria.More

Coding workflow, automation platform showcased at 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 Radiology Business Management Association 2013 Radiology Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo.More

MRI payment cuts having big effect on radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
CMS cut MRI joint codes by 30 percent, thanks to three policy changes, and more cuts are expected. Here’s how the cuts are affecting practices. 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.More

ACR's teleradiology task force weighs in
Health Imaging
Although teleradiology services offer a number of benefits to healthcare providers and their patients, the American College of Radiology's Task Force on Teleradiology Practice stated that the traditional practice model of on-site, local radiology groups may better serve most communities. This opinion, as well as recommendations to providers, radiology practices and the ACR on teleradiology best practices, comes from the ACR White Paper on Teleradiology Practice.More

From quality to outcomes: Deploying clinical analytics
Radiology Business Journal
Although radiology has employed clinical analytics for more than a decade, the field is in its infancy. Nonetheless, the possibilities are tantalizing — if technological, economic, political and interoperability hurdles can be cleared. David Ecanow, MD, is the radiology department's vice chair for quality at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Highland Park, Ill. He reports that analytics methods are used across the spectrum of his responsibilities.More

Medicare spending projections are plummeting
The Atlantic
Here's the story budget wonks will tell from the Congressional Budget Office report: The deficit is poised to shrink to its lowest level since 2008. Good news? Yes, if you're a deficit hawk. Bad news? Yes, if you think (as I do) the deficit is falling too quickly, especially at a time of high unemployment and declining household debt. Here's the story I wish more people would talk about: Our incredible shrinking Medicare projections. More

Cancer patients face higher bankruptcy risk
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Individuals diagnosed with cancer are at least 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer, according to a study of patients in Washington state published online in Health Affairs. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that 0.52 percent of cancer patients filed for bankruptcy within one year of diagnosis, compared with 0.16 percent of a control group without cancer. More

Doctors, hospitals to shoulder rate cuts to sustain plan
Cardiovascular Business
The federal government will reduce rates paid to physicians and hospitals treating patients with cardiovascular diseases and other serious illnesses in an effort to stem the tide in cost overruns in its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. In a notice in the Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that beginning June 15 it would implement 100 percent of Medicare payments for claims for patients enrolled in PCIP.More

Healthcare regulations move forward
The Hill
The Obama administration is moving forward with a pair of major Affordable Care Act regulations, as Republicans move to link the landmark law to the ongoing scandal at the Internal Revenue Service. Final rules written to extend access to insurance for people with pre-existing conditions and set maximum profit margins for certain providers are set to be published this week in the Federal Register.More