May. 27, 2014

Question of the week
If your imaging center accepts patients with ACA Health Insurance Marketplace ("Exchange") plans, how do you verify their premiums have been paid? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: How do you survey your patients regarding your billing function's customer service?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

RBMA member benefit: Career Center
Our full-service Career Center is designed especially for employers and job seekers involved in the business of radiology, including vendors who support the radiology industry by offering products and services.

Posting your positions and resumes on the RBMA Career Center will give you great exposure to a wide array of candidates and exciting opportunities in our professional community.

RBMA members receive 20 percent off all packages listed on the Career Center. Get your member promotion code here.

The RBMA Career Center is powered by a third party provider, so you will need to create a separate account with Association Career Network. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 866.376.0949 x7048 or email tbrady@associationcareernetwork.com.

If your concerns are not addressed in a timely manner or you have additional questions, please contact RBMA at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

Join RBMA now and get a $100 coupon!
Any new, first-time primary or secondary members who join now will receive a $100 coupon to use on any RBMA event registration or product on Shop RBMA through Dec. 31, 2014! It's as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Create an account with RBMA (if you already have an account, simply log in)
Step 2: Pay your dues
Step 3: Within one business day, you will receive a welcome email that contains instructions on obtaining and using your coupon code

Not sure which member type to select? Find more information at the links below:

General Membership Categories
Corporate Membership Categories (for radiology vendors)

If you still aren't sure, please don't hesitate to contact us at membership@rbma.org for assistance!

If you aren't comfortable joining online, please click here to access our hard copy applications.More

Radiology Summit conference recordings are now available
As part of the Radiology Summit registration fee, attendees are eligible to download session recordings when they are available. The session recordings have now been posted on confidential website for Radiology Summit attendees only along with any updated handouts. Please contact info@rbma.org if you are unable to access the link or need the url.

If you did not attend the Radiology Summit but would like to purchase the recordings and handouts, you may do so at ShopRBMA.More

Submit your data to DataMAXX by this Friday to qualify to win $500!
Practices and billing companies have until this Friday to upload their 2012 and/or 2013 A/R data to DataMAXX and be entered into a drawing to win $500!

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

The RBMA Radiology Summit featured a live stream session, mobile mammography unit tour, new exhibit schedule and more!
RBMA's executive director, Mike Mabry, reports on RBMA 2014 Radiology Summit highlights.More

Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A case study
A panel of experts at the Radiology Summit presented a case study of three to four radiology group joint venture networks formed in different regions of the country for similar as well as individually unique purposes. Each study demonstrated radiology group collaboration and integration providing significant competitive advantages in certain markets. This presentation was streamed live from the Radiology Summit and is now available as a recording complimentary to RBMA members.More

Time of service collection best practices
As health insurance evolves, patient financial responsibility is increasing at a rapid pace. Deductibles and coinsurance percentages are high, and copayments are larger and more frequent. In the context of declining reimbursement for imaging services, collections from patients has become imperative and best practices are necessary.More

Good news regarding RACs
The RBMA and other advocacy groups have been against RACs from the start, and in September of 2012 they shared their concerns with the Government Accountability Office. That action finally paid off on Feb. 18 of this year, when CMS announced the suspension of new RAC investigations. For the time being, it seems, RACs are one worry radiology can cross off its list.More

Zotec's Sarah Mountford is elected as a Director at Large to the RBMA Board of Directors
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of radiology billing and practice management services, is pleased to announce that Sarah Mountford, CPC, RCC, a client service manager in its Midwest region, has accepted a two-year board appointment with the RBMA as its Director at Large.More

Improving the imaging patient's experience
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
For patients undergoing imaging procedures, the experience can be scary. The machine looks foreign and makes strange noises, and the room looks stark and sterile. And then there is the diagnosis to worry about.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

The May/June issue of the RBMA Bulletin is available online and in print
There are five ways to read the most current issue of the RBMA Bulletin in any setting or environment! This month's focus is on imaging centers. More

9 ways to improve radiology report quality in the age of patient portals
Health Imaging
Added focus on report quality could make radiology more visible and enhance radiologists' value in healthcare, according to an article published online by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. While reports are used for purposes beyond providing clinical information, they have been used traditionally for private communication between radiologists and other physicians.More

Why you need a social media policy — and how to get started
By Liz Murphy
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for companies to make headlines for embarrassing social media blunders — ranging from inappropriately capitalizing on national tragedies to poorly-timed messaging. But public "fails" on official social media channels are not the only challenges organizations face in today's fast-paced world of technological innovation.More

Elderly may have trouble accessing online health records
Electronic medical records will let patients access their health information over the Internet, but a new study suggests some of the most vulnerable older Americans may be left behind. While Internet use doubled among seniors in general over the past decade, researchers found, there was little growth among people with physical impairments — suggesting a new digital divide could be forming.More

Affordable Care Act, spending cuts slow healthcare hiring
The Sacramento Bee
In the dark hours of the Great Recession, it was one of the few economic bright spots. Week in, week out, the healthcare sector was adding jobs — at a time when construction, manufacturing and retail hiring were mired in quicksand. Now, healthcare is a laggard. Healthcare hiring continues, but it’s rising this year at a stubbornly slow annual rate of 1.4 percent.More

4 considerations for practices attempting to recruit new physicians
Physicians Practice
Finding a new physician for your medical practice is difficult enough — finding one that fits your culture may seem impossible at times. However, this is an important element in making sure your practice remains stable and retention remains high. Being understaffed can be stressful and may lead to long patient wait times, physicians picking up extra shifts, and temporarily reduced revenue, but it's even worse to hire a physician just to "fill the need."More