May. 28, 2013

Question of the week
On average, how long do your patients wait for an appointment, from when they or their physicians call to when the earliest appointment is available?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Do you track your practice's Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) adjustments separately from other adjustments?

Click here to access the Hot Topics archives.More

Member Benefit: RBMA's Career Center
Gain access to RBMA's most qualified radiology professionals at a discounted rate! Our full-service Career Center is designed especially for employers and job seekers involved in the business of radiology. Those looking to fill a position can post multiple positions at affordable, discounted member prices and receive new resume upload alerts. Those searching for a job can create a free job seeker account, post resumes anonymously and receive new job posting alerts.

Visit www.rbma.org/career to get started today!More

RBMA Announces 2013-2014 Officers of the RBMA Board of Directors
Please welcome the following new Officers of RBMA:

President Wendy Lomers, CPA, MBA
President-Elect Keith Chew, CMPE
Immediate Past-President Bob Still
Secretary Kim Longeteig, FRBMA
Treasurer Worth Saunders, MHA, FACHE, FRBMA
Parliamentarian Suzanne Taylor, BS, FRBMA

Volunteer Recognition Awards Presented at the Radiology Summit
Volunteers are the cornerstone of our association. Because of their dedication and service, RBMA continues to propel forward offering members applied business information and intelligence applicable in any radiology environment.

Immediate Past-President Bob Still presented the following awards to members of the RBMA community who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to RBMA:

Calhoun Award – Gregory M. Kusiak, MBA, FRBMA
The Calhoun Award is for outstanding contributions to radiology business management and to RBMA

President’s Award – Michael Bohl, RT, MHA, FRBMA
The President's Award is for going above and beyond to promote an atmosphere that enhances networking and "Progress Through Sharing"

Global Achievement Award – Barbara Rubel, MBA, FRBMA; Dale Fandel and Jim Wilbur (from Business Revenue Systems)
The Global Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding time and talent contributions to RBMA

Special Recognition – Kim Longeteig, FRBMA; Ted Burnes, MPA
Individuals who have gone above and beyond when it comes to "Progress Through Sharing"

RBMA 2013 Class of Fellows Announced
The RBMA Board of Directors approved a fellowship program to recognize significant contributions made by RBMA members to the association and the radiology business management profession. Fellow of the RBMA is a prestigious accomplishment to be held in high esteem by RBMA peers.

This year, RBMA recognized the following individuals as fellows for their service to RBMA: Lawrence Buchwalter, JD, Brigette LaBar, Al Falco, Kim Longeteig, Steve Schreiber, M.S.Ed. and Jeff Younger.More

RBMA Radiology Summit Exhibit Hall Raises Donations for Tornado Victims
When two of RBMA member and Oklahoma State Chapter President Vicki McHughes' staff members lost their homes to the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, RBMA corporate members, Business Revenue Systems (BRS) along with Orion HealthCorp, initiated a drive to raise money for the victims in the BRS booth at the Radiology Summit. RBMA Board of Directors Past-President Bob Still was on hand to encourage exhibitors and attendees to match or add to the cause by making their own donation.

After only 20 minutes of fundraising, nearly $11,000 was raised! In response to the outpouring of support and concern from RBMA members and conference attendees, Vicki McHughes responded on the RBMA Facebook page with the following:

"The members and vendors of RBMA are the most compassionate people I know. You are all near and dear to my heart. Words cannot express how proud this makes me feel to be a part of such a great organization. God Bless you all."

A special thanks to Jim Wilbur and Dale Fandel of Business Revenue Systems and Jo Giancotti of Orion HealthCorp, along with all RBMA members and conference attendees for their compassion and support in this endeavor.More

See What You Missed at the Radiology Summit on Facebook
If you were unable to attend the Radiology Summit or did attend and want to see what you may have missed, visit the RBMA Facebook page here.

If you did attend and find yourself in any of the images, please go ahead and tag yourself to share with friends and colleagues!More

Save the Date for Fall Events at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Mark your calendars and start making plans to attend one or all of the following events that will be held at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.

Sept. 7-8
ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

RBMA Fall Educational ConferenceMore

What physicians should know about clients, servers
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Clients and servers are part of the inner workings of practically every computer system that you use in your practice. Usually hidden from view, clients and servers can become something of direct concern to you when browsing the Web or trying to read your e-mail, or when they stop working.More

The May/June issue of the RBMA Bulletin is now available online and in print
Now you can read the most current issue of the RBMA Bulletin in any setting or environment!More

CT colonography: Navigating the path to reimbursement
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Reimbursement for CT colonography has been a long and at times piecemeal path. Now, there are a few approaches to covering CTC, also known as virtual colonoscopy, said Perry Pickhardt, MD, chief of gastrointestinal imaging at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. More

RBMA Contributes to ACR Teleradiology Whitepaper
RBMA members Michael Bohl, FRBMA, and Jim Tierney, FRBMA, helped author the "ACR Whitepaper on Teleradiology Practice: A Report From the Task Force on Teleradiology Practice." The whitepaper contains best-practice guidelines for the practice of teleradiology and appears online in the May 20 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

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

New IMAGINE Client Sees Record First Quarter Results Using IMAGINE Suite
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces new client Yakima Valley Radiology is seeing record results on the IMAGINE system.More

RBMA: To thrive, imaging groups must dare to be different
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology practices face serious challenges in their efforts to be the preferred imaging choice in their markets, especially because the field is so crowded, according to a presentation at the Radiology Business Management Association meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. The key to survival? Truly distinguishing your group from other providers. And the competition is legion. More

CBO budget report confirms no savings from imaging prior authorization
Imaging Biz
In its report on the president's 2014 fiscal budget, the independent Congressional Budget Office agreed with the White House that no savings should be anticipated from requiring third-party prior authorization for advanced imaging services — news that gave those opposed to the requirement another opportunity to make their case. According to the ACR, the Obama administration wants third-party prior authorization for the most expensive imaging services.More

Radiologist assistant reimbursement bill introduced in House
Health Imaging
Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., has introduced HR 1148, The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2013. The bill would recognize radiologist assistants as non-physician providers of services to Medicare beneficiaries and allow RAs to perform services, where authorized, under "direct supervision" as opposed to "personal supervision" — meaning the supervising radiologist can simply be in-office, but does not need to be physically present in the procedure room.More

Healthcare costs hit record high, but growth rate slows
HealthLeaders Media
The 2013 Milliman Medical Index pegs the annual cost of PPO coverage at 6.3 percent higher than last year. Physician and other professional services account for one-third of annual healthcare spending. The annual cost of healthcare for the average American family of four set another record in 2012 although the pace of that growth is the lowest it has been in more than a decade.More

Incentives push doctors to electronic medical records
USA Today
More than half of doctors' offices and 80 percent of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "We have reached a tipping point in adoption of electronic health records," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and they "are critical to modernizing our health care system." More