May 31, 2011

Question of the Week
Does your hospital-based practice receive any financial assistance from its hospital for using the following types of physician extenders?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: If your practice has a policy or procedure regarding the minimum balance to be refunded to a patient, what is the minimum amount that will be refunded?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

See you in New Orleans!
We are on our way to the Big Easy for the 43rd Radiology Summit. It's not too late to join us. Register onsite beginning Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8 a.m.

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

Click here for details.More

The second winner of $50 in RBMA Bucks is ...
… Kim Jones Slonaker, who posted a message or question on the RBMA Radiology Summit Wall in the last week. The next and final drawing will take place this Friday, June 3.

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

Things to do in Scottsdale, Ariz., in July

Here are a few of the best things to do in Scottsdale, Ariz. Click on each one to read more information about it.


The 2010 RBMA Annual Report is available online
The Annual Report is a comprehensive report on your association's activities throughout the preceding year. The 2010 RBMA Annual Report is now available for members to review association activities and financial performance.

Click here to access the Annual Report.More

PQRS: Understanding, coding and documenting the measure
On May 9, Coding Strategies℠ sponsored a webinar on PQRS. Speakers Judy Burleson, MHSA, Renee Engle, RCC, and Pat Kinsley, RT, CPC, RCC, explained how to begin, what the measures are and how to ensure proper coding and documentation of them in this informative webinar.

This webinar was recorded and is now available to RBMA members on demand.

Click here to access the recording.More

The Forum archives are back!
RBMA was able to re-create much of the archives lost due to our server issue last year. To access the re-created archives, click here. A big "thanks" goes out to those members who contributed their personal Forum histories.More

Setting your Forum preferences
You can now manage your Forum preferences online! Go to Manage My Forums under the Forums tab. This will take you to a list of the forums you are subscribed to. You may choose the email version you want to receive from a pull-down list next to the forum.More

What do members want?
The answer to that question is what we are looking for in our Annual Members' Assessment Survey.

This is your chance to speak your mind and lend a hand in shaping your association. Click here to access the survey.More

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

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions Inc., selected to 'Best Rising Star' category of the 2011 Global Outsourcing 100
GEBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in health care Revenue Cycle Management outsourcing, announced that it has received industry recognition in the following categories: Best Rising Stars in Revenue Growth, Best Rising Stars in Number of Employees and Rising Stars in Employee Growth category of the "2011 Global Outsourcing 100" list.More

Senators request withdrawal of proposed ACO rule
Imaging Biz
Claiming that it "misses the target" of better care at lower costs, seven U.S. senators have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its proposed rule governing accountable care organizations established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.More

Vermont moves toward single-payor system
Health Imaging and IT
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that will begin a plan for a single-payor universal health care system in the state, the first of its kind in the U.S. The bill implements a five-member board—appointed by Shumlin — with consent of the Senate — to develop a strategy for a single universal health care system for Vermont.More

Imaging overuse: Cost cutting hides under 'quality' concerns
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
In this post-health care reform era, there's a fusion of medical economics, quality, and safety measures, and a challenging reimbursement reality that may or may not improve patient care or access to imaging, according to a presentation given last week at the Society of Breast Imaging meeting in San Antonio. Dr. James Borgstede, from the University of Colorado-Denver, described to session attendees how health care reform is changing the way medicine is practiced, noting in particular that "quality" is the big buzzword.More

Add 'health care innovation center' to buzzwords list
Health Leaders Media
Any hospital chief worthy of his or her patients wants to be first on the block with the latest and greatest tools and technology. They buy the newest MRI machines, the highest-slicing CT scanners, and build the coziest of chemotherapy wings rivaling B&Bs for amenities.More

Radiologist testifies on meaningful use criteria
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Radiologists finally got their turn to tell the government what changes to make to the draft stage 2 meaningful use guidelines. Final versions of the guidelines will be submitted on June 8. Radiology was one of five specialties which spoke before the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in mid-May.More

Report: Budget impact of health law defunding unclear
Kaiser Health News
A new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation found the actual impact of GOP proposals to defund the health law "unclear" because too many variables are involved in the calculation. More

Timing makes accreditation a top priority
Imaging Economics
In 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act was signed, calling for all providers of CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET exams to be accredited through one of three organizations — the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, or the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission — by Jan. 1, 2012, in order to receive reimbursement for imaging services from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More

Would you refuse obese patients?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Some obstetricians are turning away obese patient, wary of the higher risk of complications and about the safety of patients on their exam tables. According to a recent article in South Florida's Sun Sentinel, 15 out of 105 OBGYN practices polled by the paper have set weight cut-offs for patients.More

The FDA's fatal flaw: Unpredictability
Health Imaging and IT
Acknowledging the need for greater transparency and coordination with manufacturers, the FDA stands by its stringent and notoriously slower 510(k) medical device approval process relative to other countries. Yet device manufacturers complain that the agency's unpredictable procedures, not its speed, are the key reason for industry's growing introduction of products outside the U.S. market.More

Using the cloud for secure, simple medical image storage
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Health care institutions face a giant tug-of-war between providing adequate storage of medical images and ensuring their security. Cloud computing can help keep them ahead of the game, however. The increasing size and complexity of medical images make their storage increasingly difficult to handle, an issue that's exacerbated by accessibility requirements from the many different providers participating in a patient's care.More