Jun. 5, 2012

Question of the week
What is a typical patient no-show rate in your imaging center?
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What is your practice's threshold for writing off small balances — that is, the balance owed below which you do not send a statement?

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Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: Establishing Internal Processes & Roles
On July 19, at 11:30 a.m. CT, Panacea/MedLearn will be presenting the second webcast in a series of four that will walk you through key internal processes and individual responsibilities specific to a radiology provider that must be in place for ICD-10. Highlights:

RBMA members who register for this webcast will receive a 10 percent discount off the registration fee.

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Legal resources available from McDonald Hopkins LLC
Through the generous contribution of McDonald Hopkins, a special Legal Resources section appears monthly in the issue of RadCast published the first Tuesday of each month. You may review past issues of RadCast by clicking on the issue noted at the bottom of the eNewsletter. Or you can obtain past Legal Resource articles from the RBMA website. The archives are available to RBMA members only.

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Visit the RBMA Career Center for a list of available positions or post a resume
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 through 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.

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Calendar of events
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Community Health Network, Inc. selects iConnect® and Merge Honeycomb™ for image interoperabilty and cloud-based storage.
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced Community Health Network, Inc. has selected Merge Healthcare's iConnect® VNA and iConnect® Access to provide real-time access to images and information among its network of providers and referring physicians. CHN has also selected Merge Honeycomb™ to provide cloud-based image storage.More

Infinx Healthcare to provide dental billing services
Infinx Healthcare
Infinx Healthcare announced its latest service offering of Dental Practice & Billing Management solutions. As part of this offering Infinx will be providing Dental Revenue Cycle Management Services to Dental Groups and Practices across the U.S.More

Salaries up for radiology administrators
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Salaries for both radiologists and radiologic technologists in the U.S. fell in 2011, according to new salary data from AuntMinnie.com. Meanwhile, radiology administrators appear to be improving their economic lot, reporting six-figure average salaries for the first time. AuntMinnie.com's annual SalaryScan survey tracks benefits and compensation packages for a wide range of radiology professions. More

MU Stage 2 to force interoperability
Health Imaging
Eligible providers and hospitals have their health information exchange work cut out for them to meet the new objectives in the notice of proposed rulemaking for meaningful use Stage 2, Chris Giancola, principal consultant at CSC Global Healthcare Group, told CMIO in an interview. According to Giancola, providers originally put off HIE work in part because vendors haven't historically supported HIE as robustly as they could.More

Medical data breaches raising alarm
The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News
As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials. Keeping records secure is a challenge that doctors, public health officials and federal regulators are just beginning to grasp. And, as two recent incidents at Howard University Hospital show, inadequate data security can affect huge numbers of people.More

'Historically' low healthcare spending growth predicted for 2013
Health Leaders Media
PwC's Health Research Institute in a survey and report attributes much of the projected slower growth to the tepid economy, the healthcare industry's broad focus on cost containment, higher out-of-pocket costs and, therefore, lower utilization for healthcare consumers, and efforts by employers to keep their health insurance expenses down.More

The new normal in health insurance: High deductibles
Kaiser Health News
Angela Wenger calls herself a self-reliant "German Midwesterner" who hates to complain. But the Wisconsin mom was dismayed when husband Dan's employer switched to an insurance plan that increased the family's medical expenses tenfold. Two years ago, the company put white-collar workers on a "high-deductible" plan similar to those typically bought by small businesses and individuals. More

Tablets make good educational tool for radiology residents
Diagnostic Imaging
Use of tablet devices, such as iPads, by radiology residents would enhance their education, allowing them to keep up with evolving technology, said researchers in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The survey assessed the type of institution attended, levels of training, amounts of allocated book funds, residents' study habits, access to portable devices and use of electronic and print radiology resources. More