May. 22, 2012

Question of the week
What is your practice's threshold for writing off small balances — that is, the balance owed below which you do not send a statement?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:

What accounting basis does your practice use?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Radiology Summit is underway in Orlando
The Radiology Summit launched Sunday evening with the Grand Opening in the Exhibit Hall. More than 200 attendees are present at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® for two and a half days of learning and leisure!

If you were unable to attend the Radiology Summit, you will still have the opportunity to access and purchase the handouts and recordings in a few weeks. Watch for details!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 #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

Refer a new member and win cash and prizes!
RBMA believes that our best ambassadors are those who have experienced membership firsthand and can recommend us to their colleagues and friends. The highest compliment we can receive is a referral from a member.

For every member who is recruited and credits you with the referral, you will qualify for one of the following prize tiers:

Recruit Prize
1 member RBMA Team long-sleeved t-shirt
2-5 members $150 AMEX gift card
6-9 members $250 AMEX gift card
Over 10 members Free conference registration

Prizes are accumulated and awarded on a quarterly basis. In addition, anyone who recruits a new member, one or more, will be entered into a quarterly drawing to win a Kindle Fire! The next drawing will be held July 1.

To receive credit for each new member, the referring member's name must appear in the "How did you hear about RBMA" section of the new member application.

Click here to download a PDF of referral cards. Fill in your name and distribute to your radiology friends and colleagues who are interested in joining.

Start referring and make it a win-win-win!More

RBMA announces Chapter of the Year Award Program
RBMA Chapters provide RBMA members with continuing education, networking and resolution to manage healthcare issues on a local basis. Chapters also provide leadership training for new members and future leaders of the national organization.

Created to recognize Chapters that go above and beyond their commitment to RBMA, the Chapter-of-the-Year Award Program begins in May 2012 and runs through May 1, 2013. Chapters have a full year to accumulate points for various activities. The 2013 Chapter of the Year Award will be announced at the RBMA Radiology Summit, May 19-22, 2013, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For more information on this newly launched program, including the point values, please visit our website.More

Corporate partners update your Buyer's Guide listing
The July/August RBMA Bulletin includes a listing of industry products and vendors. All RBMA Corporate Partners receive a complimentary listing. Make sure your listing is up to date by clicking here.More

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

Imaging managers more optimistic about growth
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Medical imaging managers still don't expect reimbursement rates to improve, but they were a bit more optimistic about the growth of study volumes. In the latest installment of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index, co-developed by The MarkeTech Group LLC and AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management, medical imaging managers reported a slight uptick in their confidence about growing radiology study volumes.More

AR: Talk is not cheap — the payoff and costs of patient communication
Health Imaging
When patients are asked how they prefer to receive radiology results — either from their referring physician or directly from the radiologist — they seem to want things both ways. A recent survey has shown that about three quarters of patients prefer to hear results through the traditional model, from the referring physician, but a nearly equal proportion expect their results to come from the experts at image interpretation, according to a study published in the June issue of Academic Radiology.More

Vendor-neutral archive use in PACS projected to surge
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
While only 5.4 percent of the 1.4 billion new radiology studies captured by PACS worldwide were stored by vendor-neutral archives in 2011, VNAs are projected to store 31 percent of new studies worldwide by 2016, according to a new report. Healthcare providers are increasingly implementing VNAs to consolidate storage, thereby reducing PACS data migration costs and enabling better data mining and data sharing across departments.More

Study: Insurers to lose $1 trillion if health law struck down
The Hill
Nearly one-tenth of the insurance industry's total revenue through 2020 is at stake in the Supreme Court's decision on healthcare reform, a new study by Bloomberg Government says. That figure equals about $1 trillion, or about one-half percent of the projected U.S. gross domestic product over eight years, the report said. The $1 trillion in new revenue would come from the law's expansion of Medicaid and from subsidies to individuals purchasing insurance. More

Data trove may shed light on health-care uncertainties
Washington Post
How much do hospitals and doctors actually charge insurers for their services? How much and which of those services are privately-insured patients using? And, most significantly, what drives changes in health-care use, costs and total spending? They are among the most vexing questions in American health care. And a recently amassed trove of data from insurance companies could soon shed new light on them.More

Study: Health care costs on rise
A new study could pose a challenge to the basic premise of President Barack Obama's approach to controlling health costs — that spending will come down if doctors don't give patients as much unnecessary medical care. The study from the Health Care Cost Institute found that costs rose 3.3 percent in 2010 even though people actually used fewer services in many categories. More