Jun. 10, 2014

Question of the week
For your radiology group’s hospital-based business, do you collect payments from patients in advance or at time of service? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: 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 access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

DataMAXX closes official A/R data collection June 30
RBMA member practices and billing companies that upload their accounts receivable data to DataMAXX by June 30 will be included in the official statistics. Please help RBMA continue to provide our members with trusted, reliable benchmarks. All participating practices and billing companies receive complimentary access to the results.

Before uploading their data, RBMA members from practices must subscribe to DataMAXX here. Members from billing companies may upload their clients' data through the Vendor Portal — no subscription needed. File layouts (worksheets), upload files and detailed instructions are available here. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org with any questions.

The new DataMAXX Compensation module opens on July 1. This module will collect salary and benefits data for 66 positions including administrators, front and back office staff, technologists, other clinical staff and physicians. Stay tuned for more information!More

Member benefit: Corporate Partner Directory
Looking for a radiology vendor you met with at the Radiology Summit or a past RBMA conference? Check out our Corporate Partner Directory, which enables to you search by company name and/or product or service provided. You can also see an alphabetical list of all RBMA corporate partners. Visit rbma.org/directory to begin using this valuable tool!

Interested in becoming an RBMA corporate partner? Contact us at membership@rbma.org to find out how to become or upgrade to a corporate member. If you are a corporate partner you can edit your corporate profile by updating the last two tabs of your member profile.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

vRad Education Scholarships available for 2014 Fall Educational Conference
RBMA is pleased to announce we have two scholarships remaining for the 2014 Fall Educational Conference in Seattle on Oct. 19-21! If you've wanted to attend an RBMA conference for years and just can't seem to find it in the budget — now is your chance!

Applications are now being accepted. Please submit your application by Aug. 15. For more information on criteria or to apply, please visit www.rbma.org/vrad.

Virtual Radiologic (vRad) is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. vRad's more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700-plus facilities, reading 7 million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

RBMA U is seeking faculty for Radiology 101
There are still a few slots open for RBMA U faculty. The RBMA Educational Materials and Products Committee is seeking qualified faculty members to prepare and present courses related to the following topics:

Each faculty member prepares a 60-minute PowerPoint presentation along with a video or audio clip, plus a 20-question quiz on the presented materials. Honorariums are available for qualified faculty members.

This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the membership and share your expertise and experience with new and emerging radiology business managers.

If you are interested in a position, contact Daphne Gawronski.More

Members: Help vendors understand how to reach you
Members, what have you found are the most effective ways for vendors to reach you? Vendors, where have you experienced success in the past? Share your thoughts and experiences on the RBMA Vendor Blog.More

Technology hybrids: The dawn of a new era in radiology management
Technology hybrids fuse two or more technologies into a single, new form of technology that fundamentally changes how tasks are performed, and now radiology management is experiencing a new form of hybrids.More

RBMA conference mobile app engages attendees
Uncover new sponsorship opportunities and generate revenue with RBMA's mobile event app. This highly interactive app allows vendors to encourage booth traffic and gain added visibility by pushing out notifications during the conference, pinning posts to the internal newsfeed and allowing attendees to unlock custom badges. Before the Fall Educational Conference, consider becoming a mobile app sponsor. There are three levels to choose from.More

Western Pennsylvania radiology group selects McKesson
McKesson Business Performance Services has been selected to provide a full range of revenue cycle management services to Beaver, Pa.-based Brighton Radiology Associates, PC, in support of the group's continued growth.More

Low confidence in Medicare reimbursement for imaging
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Reimbursement continues to be a growing concern as imaging directors and managers noted they have very low confidence that they will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for imaging. The latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index data showed that medical imaging managers are even more discouraged about reimbursement than this time last year, when the confidence score was 64. The confidence score for the second quarter of 2014 was 58. More

Pioneer ACO program ripe for improvement, providers say
HealthLeaders Media
It is far easier to get lost in an alphabet soup of acronyms than it is to find branding genius at a U.S. federal agency. But officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chose wisely when they picked "pioneer" as the key word for the moniker of their most ambitious gainsharing program. The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization model mirrors the pioneer experience of the 1800s wagon trains in the American West.More

California grand jury details EHR implementation problems
Clinical Innovationa and Technology
A California county's EHR implementation resulted in inefficient and delayed patient care as the organization did not devote adequate resources to its rollout, a county grand jury report concluded. Ventura County Health Care Agency went live in July 2013 at two hospitals and 40 clinics in the county. In its investigation, the grand jury learned that the EHR vendor for the project had recognized that VCHCA's system had insufficient sources to carry out the implementation.More

Uncompensated radiology services in ED open door for improved revenue management
Health Imaging
Almost half of all uncompensated services by radiologists in the emergency department are provided to patients with insurance, illustrating room for revenue management improvement, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The role of the emergency department as the safety net for the healthcare delivery system has implications for radiologists, who consequently render a substantial amount of uncompensated imaging services. More

ACR CEO Harvey Neiman dies
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Longtime American College of Radiology CEO Dr. Harvey Neiman has died after a long illness, ACR said. Neiman, 71, dedicated his life to improving medical care, and under his leadership, ACR grew to become one of the world's most powerful medical specialty societies, according to the organization.More

Health plans had big premium hikes before Obamacare
Individual health insurance premiums in the years before President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law had large average increases and a high variability in rate hikes across different states and insurers, a study found. Nonpartisan foundation The Commonwealth Fund said its findings provide the most comprehensive data assembled to date for use as a benchmark comparison with Affordable Care Act-era price increases, which have begun being released for the 2015 plan year. More