Jun. 4, 2014

Learn how data analytics can help practices thrive in new payment systems
Raif Erim will present Using Data Analytics to Optimize the Practice of Radiology at the upcoming ACR-RBMA Forum.

Registration for the ACR-RBMA Forum is now open. Special pricing is available for physicians and administrators registering as a team. Click here for more information.

Sponsorships are also available for industry vendors looking to connect with practice decision makers. For a complete list of opportunities, click here.More

Join RBMA now and get a $100 coupon!
Any new, first-time primary or secondary members that join now will receive a $100 coupon to use on any RBMA event registration or product on Shop RBMA through Dec. 31! 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

Become a Radiology Certified Coder this year!
The RCCB® certification program is designed to seek out the motivated coder desiring to become an expert in the field.

Employers who have certified coders can feel confident that billing claims are submitted with accurate and compliant codes. The result is higher reimbursements faster.

Coders who are certified give credibility to the vocation and are viewed as professionals in the field. Certification increases employment opportunities and creates personal success.

RCCB has made the process to become certified easier by offering computer-based testing at 20 locations nationwide. The next available test dates are July 21-25. To reserve your spot and your future, please submit your application to the RCCB office no later than June 16.

Visit rccb.org for details.More

The power of social media
Social media is a less confusing concept for radiology practices these days than it used to be — after all, when most of your leadership uses Facebook for personal reasons, it's much easier for them to understand its professional potential. But does having a Facebook presence really translate into increased revenue for your practice? Is it a marketing tool, or just a gimmick?

Why you need a social media policy — and how to get started

As real-time social networking continues to gain traction, employees are now facing disciplinary actions for tweets, posts and photos made on personal accounts.More

Expand your brand: 5 tips for solid brand growth
At the beginning of every new year, many people make a resolution to right some wrong in their life, and a business brand is no different. Every business should be given a regular "once over" to determine if changes need to be made.More

The ICD-10 delay: What practices need to know
Melody Mulaik addresses the recent — and surprising — delay of ICD-10 implementation until 2015 by pointing out that while the delay is a hassle for practices that were preparing for an October 2014 switch, it also represents an opportunity.More

Survey identifies top ICD-10 challenges facing radiology practices
Two surveys of RBMA members identified education and training and reimbursement and budgeting as the biggest ICD-10 transition challenges facing their radiology practices.More

CPT 2015 anticipated code changes
The ACR Radiology Coding Source™ March-April 2014
A number of new radiology and radiation oncology codes will be created in 2015. A total of 22 of the 35 new codes are the result of bundling requests from the AMA's Relativity Assessment Workgroup. The purpose of the RAW is to identify potentially misvalued services. The current screens used by the RAW are: codes frequently performed together, fastest growing, CMS/Other time source and services previously flagged as new technology.More

Merge receives Healthcare Informatics' Most Interesting Vendor honor and top 100 ranking
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, announced that it has been honored as one of Healthcare Informatics' Most Interesting Vendors of 2014. In addition, Merge has also been ranked on the 2014 HCI 100 listing of top performing vendors for the sixth consecutive year.More

Healthcare's new friend: Avatars
When it comes to leading or teaching patients, avatars can make more approachable and relatable guides than their human counterparts. Avatars are part of the intelligent virtual assistant market, which is expected to increase in North America at a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent between 2013 and 2020.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. 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. More

iPad-based image viewer offers remote radiology consults
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
While the implementation of PACS in radiology brought a host of clinical benefits, it came with a downside: less interaction between radiologists and clinicians. An iPad application developed by a Johns Hopkins team offers the promise of recapturing the clinical and educational value of frequent face-to-face consultations.More

Medical practice strategic plans: The key to dealing with change
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By Michael Sappington: When I think of how today's practices are operating, I look at the confluence of rising costs and complexities being the number one factor forcing the hand of both providers and practice managers alike. Sure, patients have become more demanding and knowledgeable, but it's external regulatory factors and fixed costs that have sent independent practices down an unsustainable road. More

Strengths, struggles and strategies managing image data
Molecular Imaging
The drive for heterogeneity in molecular imaging calls for management of complex imaging data in massive volumes, a task that is challenging information technology experts and medical community members alike. As the demand for image data management deepens in areas like molecular imaging and genomics research, how is the latest technology influencing medical imaging informatics? More

Pioneer ACO program awaits new rules
HealthLeaders Media
The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model program, one of the most ambitious federal value-based healthcare delivery initiatives, is at a crossroads. Since launching in 2012 with 32 inaugural participants, the program has dwindled to 23 pioneers. The first year of gainsharing data shows more pain than gain for early Pioneer ACO participants.More

Physicians, hospitals size up value-based healthcare
Many healthcare providers now participate in value-based payment models, which most see as the wave of the future, but few of them are happy about it. "Value-based" is a catch-all label for Accountable Care Organizations and other ways of restructuring healthcare around payment for value delivered, as measured by metrics of healthcare quality or the aggregate health of a population rather than by the volume of visits, procedures, or hospital stays a healthcare organization records. More