May 24, 2011

Friday is last day to register online for Radiology Summit
Plan ahead and register for the Radiology Summit by this Friday! Registrations will be taken onsite only after that date.

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

Bring a book to the Radiology Summit
RBMA will be supporting ReNEW Schools — a community service project — at the Radiology Summit. ReNEW Schools is an organization with a mission to provide students within low-performing schools an academically rigorous, college prep education. Their vision is to turn around low-performing open admission public schools, where the majority of the children have been academically left behind, into high performing open admission public schools where all children are on or above appropriate academic grade levels.

In addition to asking for volunteers to work a few hours on Sunday morning to assist with the various projects at the Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, ReNEW Schools has also asked our conference participants to donate chapter books from the third to eighth grade level to build their library.

Please pack a book or two to donate to ReNEW Schools. A receptacle will be located in the RBMA Lounge to collect your donations.

The ReNEW Schools Community Service Project is sponsored by IMAGINE Software.More

Link for Radiology Summit handouts
Last Friday, May 20, 2011, all Radiology Summit attendees were sent an email containing the link to download conference handouts, an attendee list, and continuing education forms. Please contact info@rbma.org if you did not receive the link.

We will continue to upload session handouts as they become available or updated.

See you in New Orleans!More

And the winner of $50 in RBMA Bucks is ...
Worth M. Saunders, MHA, FACHE, FRBMA, is the first winner of $50 in RBMA Bucks! Start talking before the Radiology Summit! Post a message or question on the RBMA Radiology Summit 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. The next drawing will be May 27. Everyone who has posted from May 21-27 will be eligible to win!

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!More

How should you get paid?
Find out how and where practices nationwide are heading when Joseph A. Serio, CPA, MBA, FACMPE, presents Trends in Private Practice Partnership and Compensation Models at the upcoming 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

Don't forget to complete the RBMA annual needs assessment
All members should have received an invitation to participate in this year's Annual Members' Assessment survey. If you have not received the notification, please email membership@rbma.org for the link.

The deadline to complete the survey is June 10.

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

May/June RBMA Bulletin available online
Your RBMA membership entitles you to receive a copy of the RBMA Bulletin and view a digital version online. Click here to access this issue.More

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

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The cloud's clout
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Social networking site Facebook uses it to store photos. Amazon has recently used it to store music. And according to a recent article on CNN ("Why cloud storage is the future of music"), other big name IT companies want to expand their services with this in-demand, on-demand technology. It's all made possible through the "cloud."More

CMS plans ACO learning sessions
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OIG slams ONC for security omissions in 'meaningful use' rules
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