May. 26, 2015

RBMA member benefit: Discounted JACR subscription
Members of RBMA can purchase a subscription to the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) at a discounted rate of $45. That's a savings of nearly 80 percent from the standard subscription rate of $232!

This special rate includes the journal's 12 regular issues plus any supplements that are published. Also included in this rate is full text online access to the journal through its website at www.jacr.org.

For more information on JACR and to get the RBMA member discount code and complete subscription details, please visit www.rbma.org/JACR.More

RBMA Thought Leader sponsor highlight: Zotec Partners
RBMA is pleased to announce that Zotec Partners is participating in the RBMA Thought Leader Sponsorship Program. Under this program, Zotec Partners will have the opportunity to share their industry expertise and discuss industry trends with RBMA leadership as part of the new Corporate Advisory Council. In addition, they will have the opportunity to showcase their involvement in the industry through several marketing options.

A longtime supporter and sponsor of RBMA, Zotec Partners has contributed to educating RBMA members through speaking opportunities, articles in the RBMA Bulletin and distribution of case studies and white papers.

Zotec Partners is the industry leader in specialized radiology medical billing and practice man-agement services. The company is committed to the continual pursuit of excellence in the physician revenue cycle and practice management industry by delivering effective solutions through its innovative technology, personalized service and measurable client results. Zotec proprietary processes and technology manage in excess of 70 million medical encounters across all 50 states. For more information about Zotec Partners, visit www.zotecpartners.com.More

Register online for the Radiology Summit by June 1
Please note that all registrations (online, mail and fax) must be received by 5 p.m. EDT. All registrations thereafter will be accepted on-site at the on-site rate.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

Top 10 fun things to do in Las Vegas
Aside from attending the Radiology Summit at Caesars Palace, if you have time or have extended your trip, try some or all of the following fun things to do:

  1. Hiking, biking at Red Rock Canyon — 15 miles west of Las Vegas witness rich wildlife along towering red cliffs.
  2. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio.
  3. The Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor.
  4. Theater and performances — from free musical dancing Bellagio Fountains, to the creative Cirque du Soleil acrobatics and more!
  5. The Neon Museum and a trip back in time to original Las Vegas neon signage.
  6. The Linq — right across the street from Caesars Palace ride the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel.
  7. The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian — like shopping in old Venice, Italy.
  8. Fremont Street Experience — watch for zip liners overhead on this pedestrian only street.
  9. Nobu Restaurant in Caesars Palace — famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurant offering a sushi bar, private dining area and circular central bar and teppan tables.
  10. Hotel and casinos — too many to name!
Come to the Radiology Summit. Come to Las Vegas.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

Register now for the RBMA Florida Chapter meeting
The RBMA Florida Chapter 2015 Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the Florida Radiological Society, is still accepting registrations!

July 17-19
The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne

Speakers include:
David Anderson, M.D., OSCP; Bing Herald; Kevin McDermott; and Douglas G. Smith, FRBMA.

For more information and to register, please visit www.flrad.org or contact LaDonna Nichols at 727.367.7511 or ladonnanichols@aol.com.More

2014 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report available to RBMA members
InstaMed has released the industry's 2014 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report. Showcasing key market trends impacting the healthcare payments industry, this report presents quantitative data extracted from the InstaMed Network to promote awareness, change and greater efficiency. Additionally, this report features trends based on qualitative data obtained from healthcare providers, payors and patients nationwide.

Click here to download the PDF.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? 'Official' 2014 A/R report coming soon
New this year, RBMA is providing members who submitted 2014 A/R data tables of results as of the official reporting date. Each table will provide a column to enter the practice's indicator values, calculated in the Excel® questionnaire file, for easy comparison with overall results. Although indicator values will continue to be updated in DataMAXX as additional members submit data, these static, "official" results will be referenced in RBMA publications. Data submitted after the due date will be available for reporting through DataMAXX.

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

Keeping up with health policy just got easier
Staying connected with national policy and legislative that could impact your radiology business either directly or change your local healthcare marketplace can be a challenge. There is simply so much information out there that trying to follow it all can be overwhelming. After all, you have only so much time and you have a business to run.More

Building the resource team: Success as a radiology leader
Regulations are fluid, changing, and serious business, making it important to have a strongly developed resource network of people who know where to efficiently find critical information.More

Southeast Texas Imaging selects Zotec Partners for analytical technology and patient experience techniques
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, the industry leader in radiology physician billing and practice management services, announces a new revenue cycle management agreement with Southeast Texas Imaging in Port Arthur, Texas. The new agreement is designed to effectively address and meet STI's revenue cycle challenges, including improvements in denials management, the use of physician education coding tools, and patient follow-up techniques for enhanced reimbursement.More

Hit hard by health reform, some private payors looking to dramatically raise rates
Imaging Biz
A battle over big bucks is looming as major private health insurers in some states seek to aggressively hike premiums for plans they sold through Affordable Care Act exchanges. The companies angling for the biggest increases cite ballooning costs incurred by new enrollees. Consumer groups are preparing to push state insurance regulators to force the carriers to scale back their requests. More

Tips for increasing value in radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The elegant simplicity of the general value definition, outcomes relative to costs, masks extraordinary underlying complexity, Richard Abramson, MD, of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, said at ACR 2015. Abramson noted that the definition of value is especially problematic for radiology because it looks at maximizing long-term, down the stream outcomes. More

Survey: Many providers want ICD-10 to just go away
By Scott E. Rupp
ICD-10 has been regularly stealing healthcare headlines for about two years and intermittently for years prior. The relevancy of the conversion from ICD-9 is based on the impending deadline, set for Oct. 1. Previous ICD-10 deadlines have been postponed, but federal agencies seem to be focused on sticking to this particular ICD-10 implementation deadline. Even with the deadline approaching, physicians and providers are not close to ready or willing to make the transition to the new medical coding set just yet, or so says the results of a new survey.More

Practices dealing with new payor-created problems
Physicians Practice (registration required)
The 2014 rollouts of federal- and state-mandated healthcare insurance exchanges were highly anticipated as a game changer. Yet, practices are just now feeling the effects of the new legislation. Primarily, they are dealing with the task of collecting much-higher patient deductibles and copays; and also explaining the intricacies of less generous health plans to frustrated and sometimes angry patients.More

House panel confirms bill that includes MPPR repeal
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously confirmed legislation that includes a repeal of the 25 percent payment cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that is mandated by the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction. HR 6, or the 21st Century Cures Act, is intended to facilitate the discovery, development, and delivery of new medical treatments to patients, according to the legislation's text. More

Crosson, former Kaiser Permanente physician, to chair MedPAC
Health Imaging
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission will have a new member and a new chair after appointments were made last week. Francis "Jay" Crosson, MD, a former physician and physician executive with Kaiser Permanente will assume the role of MedPAC chair, replacing Glenn Hackbarth, JD, MA. Crosson currently serves on the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More