Jun. 16, 2015

Radiology Summit blog
If you missed attending the 2015 Radiology Summit, you have an opportunity to read daily coverage of some sessions on the RBMA Blog. The following articles are now available for commenting:


RBMA announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors at the Radiology Summit
RBMA installed new directors and officers for its 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the 2015 Radiology Summit. RBMA congratulates the following volunteers for their election to the Board of Directors and thanks them for their upcoming service to RBMA and its members.

Suzanne Taylor, BS, FRBMA President
Jim Hamilton, MHA, CMM, FRBMA President-Elect
Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE Immediate Past-President
Christie James, MS, FRBMA Secretary
Tom Dickerson, MA, Ed.D., FACHE Treasurer and Midwestern Director
Chad Wiggins, MHSA, LNHA Parliamentarian
Michael Gonzales, FRBMA Western Director
Fred Downs, MS, Ph.D, FRBMA Southern Director
Worth M. Saunders, MHA, FACHE, FRBMA Eastern Director
Jennifer Kroken, MBA
Michael Langenberg, CPA
Sarah Mountford, RCC, CPC
Brandon Selle, MBA
Mark Bernardy, MD ACR Director

CSI RBMA ICD-10-CM Toolkit is on sale!
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Be an RBMA member for a month
Do you know someone who could benefit from RBMA but has not yet joined? RBMA is offering the opportunity to take a test drive for the month of July. A selection of FREE members-only benefits will be available to interested potential members.

The free one month of membership includes:

Pass this along to a colleague and encourage them to sign up today!

Please contact us at membership@rbma.org if you have questions or concerns.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? 2015 A/R Survey results available
An Excel® report of official results is being prepared for 2015 A/R Survey respondents, but there is no need to wait for those results. All surveys have been uploaded to DataMAXX and are available for participants to run reports on-demand. Practice subscribers can access DataMAXX by logging into the RBMA website then selecting Tools — DataMAXX — Returning Subscribers and clicking the link at the end of the line below the "Welcome back!" message. RBMA members from billing companies/MSOs can access the Vendor Portal under Tools — DataMAXX — Billing Vendor Portal by entering their DataMAXX login credentials. "How to run reports" PowerPoint® presentations are available at www.rbma.org/datamaxx if needed.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Consumer preferences are driving major shifts in healthcare payments technology
One of the many challenges currently facing the healthcare industry is the shift to a more consumer-centric service model overall. This is driven in large part by steady increases in consumer payment responsibility and subsequent out of pocket payments. From 2011 to 2014, the total number of consumer payments to providers increased by 193 percent. As a result, consumers are demanding a more convenient payment experience from their healthcare providers.More

Zotec Partners launches new website with unique features, navigation and functionality to optimize user experience
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, a leading provider of physician billing and practice management services, is inviting visitors to explore its new company website at www.zotecpartners.com. The new user-friendly website provides a detailed overview about the company’s services for specialized physician audiences across anesthesiology, emergency medicine, multi-specialty, pathology and radiology industries. It also features sections that are uniquely tailored for multiple audiences, including the company's clients and their patients, and its prospective employees. The website was designed with the optimum user experience in mind and uses the latest technology and compatibility for desktop computers and mobile devices.More

FORE Support Services launches breakthrough automated prior authorization software for imaging centers at RBMA 2015 Summit
FORE Support Services
FORE Support Services, a premier developer of health care financial process automation, has announced the launch of its AuthPal automated prior authorization technology. The announcement was made at the June RBMA 2015 Radiology Summit Conference.More

Oncology group proposes new payment model with ramifications for radiology
Imaging Biz
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is proposing an alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, and it includes a bundled option that would set a target spending level for imaging services. The group announced that its Patient-Centered Oncology Payment would, in its basic version, augment current Medicare reimbursement with four supplemental, non-visit-based payments.More

No news for imaging is good news in June MedPAC report
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Recommendations for medical imaging are noticeably absent in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's June report to Congress — a welcome break from the usual scrutiny that radiology receives from policymakers. Instead, the report focuses on ways to coordinate policy across three Medicare payment systems.More

Traversing the meaningful use minefield
HealthLeaders Media
The federal meaningful use program remains a minefield that providers are carefully stepping through to avoid losing out on incentives or being hit with the ever-increasing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services penalties for failing to file timely attestations of use. In a statement in mid-February, the American Medical Association said it remained "alarmed" that three-quarters of eligible professionals still have been unable to attest to meaningful use. More

High- and low-tech communication improvements
Health Imaging
Finding ways to bridge gaps in communication — both physician-to-physician and physician-to-patient — is a big focus in the search for value in radiology. Two of this week's top read stories dealt with just this topic. First, survey results published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology revealed the opinions of a group of patients and referring physicians about communicating radiology results through a patient portal. More

Think your practice is HIPAA compliant? Think again.
Physicians Practice (registration required)
You may think you know HIPAA inside and out, but experts say many practices and physicians are making mistakes regarding protected health information that could get them into big trouble with the law. Here are nine of the most common compliance missteps they say practices and physicians are making. More

Federal regulations and radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Few things can impact radiology as directly or significantly as changes to healthcare regulations and policies. They're initiatives that require you to change your workflow, to adopt new strategies and even abandon long-used systems. From the Affordable Care Act to coding overhauls to new value-based payment systems, industry experts are watching the next set of regulatory efforts to determine the impact on your daily practice. More