May. 21, 2014

Registration for the 2014 ACR-RBMA Forum is open
Register to attend the sixth annual ACR-RBMA Forum, to be held Oct. 17-18 at the W Seattle in Seattle, Wash. Administrators are encouraged to attend with their physicians to learn the clinical protocols and business management strategies that will transform a practice and guide a leadership team to success in today's evolving healthcare environment. Register here.More

The May/June issue of the RBMA Bulletin is available online and in print
This month's focus is on imaging centers and features the following articles:

There are five ways to 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. Download a complete pdf version of this issue of the RBMA Bulletin.
  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 and 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 online RBMA Bulletin. If you are interested in only receiving the Bulletin electronically, please update your profile and select the electronic only option for the Bulletin under the preferences tab.More

DataMAXX is the new Accounts Receivable Performance Survey! Submit your data by May 30 and qualify to win $500!
The Accounts Receivable Performance Survey has been one of RBMA's top membership benefits. The survey is alive and well and living inside a new house we call DataMAXX. DataMAXX has recently been upgraded to DataMAXX 2.0. With easier-to-use functionality, DataMAXX 2.0 includes a new compensation module and features more comprehensive file upload instructions, online data correction, site-based data collection and reporting for practices with more than one site, and more.

Practices and billing companies may currently upload their 2012 and/or 2013 A/R data to DataMAXX. Your participation will allow us to provide you with the qualified statistics needed to create success within your practice. As a bonus, member practices that contribute their data by May 30 will be entered into two drawings (one per data year) for $500 each! Plus all contributing practices and billing companies will have complimentary access to the results!

In order to begin uploading your data, RBMA members from practices may subscribe to DataMAXX here. Members from billing companies may upload their clients' data through the Vendor Portal — no subscription needed. Sample upload files, file layouts and detailed instructions are available here. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Upcoming Radiology Leadership Institute webinar available to RBMA members
Join presenters Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR; Syed F. Zaidi, MD; and Christine Donato for Better Together, an online webinar, on May 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Imaging 3.0™ is a vision and action plan to allow all radiologists to take a leadership role in shaping America's future healthcare system. According to session leader Geraldine McGinty, radiologists need to demonstrate value during the entire imaging care process with a measurable impact on outcomes. Better Together shows how an Ohio radiology practice leader, Syed Zaidi, took his vision of value-based care and turned it into a tangible ROI for his practice and his hospital. Christine Donato, executive director imaging services, Aultman Hospital, will be joining the discussion as well. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for discussion and ask questions during the webinar.

Register to attend here.

Be sure to read the Better Together case study in advance of the May 28 webinar. If you would like to pose questions to the speakers in order to inform the live session please share your question here.

This Level 3 mandatory course will cover competency 4.2.7 in the Strategic Planning domain of the RLI Common Body of Knowledge and award 1 RLI credit.More

Subscribe to DataMAXX to improve your practice's operation and financial performance
RBMA's executive director, Mike Mabry, talks about DataMAXX and why you need this incredible new tool for your practice.More

The importance of advocacy
As the radiology industry continues to experience change, advocacy awareness and participation is becoming an integral part of the success of a practice.More

5 must-track metrics for practice profitability
Collecting data is essential for analyzing practice revenue and determining what changes can be made to increase profitability. The secret is to collect the right data to successfully determine what needs to be changed.More

Members: Help vendors understand how to reach you
Vendors want to know what catches your eye and what attracts you to a specific product or resource. Members, what have you found are the most effective ways for vendors to reach you? Vendors, where have you experienced success in the past? Share your experience on RBMA's Vendor Blog!More

IMAGINE Software welcomes new billing client ADVOCATE
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of ADVOCATE, specialists in radiology billing and reimbursement, to its growing client base.More

ADVOCATE makes inaugural Build 100 list of America's strongest and most strategic growth firms
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces it has been included on The Build Network's Build 100 list recognizing America's strongest and most strategic growth firms.More

Merge clarifies purpose of recent trading activity
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, clarified the reason for recent trading activity on behalf of certain officers of the company. The Merge management team believes it is appropriate to explain these transactions in greater detail to alleviate potential confusion some investors have expressed.More

Top 10 social media tips for radiologists
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
More now than ever before, radiologists need to become visible to patients. A strong social media presence is a vital component of a strategy to facilitate patient-centered care, according to Dr. Safwan Halabi of Henry Ford Health System, who provided 10 tips for social media engagement.More

Rethinking marketing strategy: The hospital as customer
Over the past several years, radiology practices have found less security in an exclusive professional services agreement. In the old days, the hospital and group could engage in a relatively contentious relationship without any real threats to the practice's contract.More

Imaging lands high on list of low-value procedures
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A new list of 26 low-value medical procedures published in JAMA Internal Medicine includes a dozen imaging exams. The exams — defined as procedures that cost a lot of money without yielding significant benefits — could be costing Medicare as much as $8.5 billion a year, according to the authors.More

ICD-10 or EHR: Which is a larger financial burden?
Imaging Biz
In an article published in the ICD10 monitor, Shannon DeConda, the founder and president of the National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists, compares the financial burdens brought on by EHR and ICD-10. In preparation for the ICD-10 implementation, hospital systems and larger health care facilities have large budgets planned for 2015, and many have already invested a significant outlay of money in education and training to meet the fall 2014 deadline. More

Big data expected to have big impact on diagnostic imaging
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
It will be absolutely critical in diagnostic imaging to be able to personalize the specific recommendations for your patient and to tailor the recommendations to his or her characteristics based on specific parameters, Eliot Siegel, MD, professor of diagnostic radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine said at SIIM 2014. More

Bridging gaps between IT and radiology
Health Imaging
Radiologists rely on quality IT professionals to keep systems running, but breakdowns in communication and misunderstandings between the two groups can lead to barriers and a less than cordial work environment. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, Adam H. Kaye, MD, MBA, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, revealed a survey given to radiologists and IT staff at his institution that showed both groups had much to learn about each other. More