Jun. 17, 2014

Teleradiology: An opportunity or a threat?
The 2014 ACR-RBMA Forum will feature a debate on teleradiology that includes concrete examples of success in navigating new payment systems, improving alignment and adding value to hospitals; and a focus on leveraging data to demonstrate value going forward.

Don't miss this session as Lawrence Muroff, MD, FACR, and William Strong, MD, debate the future of teleradiology.

Register to attend the ACR-RBMA Forum today.

ACR-RBMA Forum: Thriving in the New Value Paradigm
Oct. 17-18
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA 98101

Submit your 2012 and 2013 A/R data by June 30 to be included in the official statistics
Please help RBMA continue to provide our members with trusted, reliable benchmarks. High participation results in better data and statistics with which to analyze and benchmark your practice. 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; basic subscriptions are free for participants. 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.More

Remaining open faculty positions for RBMA U
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 (daphne.gawronski@rbma.org).More

Remembering Dr. Harvey L. Neiman
RBMA's Executive Director pays tribute to one of radiology's finest leaders.More

Hospital relations in today's radiology environment
In the past, radiology groups thought of their customers as falling into two categories: patients and referring physicians. Increasingly, however, practices today are having to accommodate and strategize for the needs of a third constituency: hospitals.More

What's next for meaningful use participants
A look at what to expect from stages one, two, and three, as well as the hardship exception and potential hazards.More

Lessons in leadership: An interview with Matt Gary
While there are many inspiring leaders in the field of radiology, leadership is an art and a skill that transcends professions. This article is the fourth in a series of interviews discussing the challenge of leadership development and orderly succession in our practices.More

Extreme radiology and the interventions in modern warfare
AudioBrief This audio presentation, recorded at the 2014 Radiology Summit, demonstrates the tremendous work carried out each day by both American and coalition medical teams currently operating in Afghanistan providing medical care to sick and wounded coalition forces (including Afghan National Army personnel) as well as many Afghan civilians.More

MedPAC leaves radiology alone in June report to Congress
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
In perhaps a case of "no news is good news," the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's June 2014 report to Congress raises questions about how to revise Medicare payment policies, but it does not contain any new recommendations for imaging. Medicare currently finances care through a traditional fee-for-service structure, Medicare Advantage health plans, and, more recently, accountable care organizations, which are a variation of FFS.More

ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.More

Standardized imaging quality metrics needed
Health Imaging
The radiology community needs to play an active role in creating new data-driven analysis and innovation strategies for the betterment of image quality analysis, according to an article published online June 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Image quality is vital to the overall quality of medical imaging service delivery. Instead of getting better with time, however, medical imaging quality assurance has declined. More

6 ways medical staff can improve physician-patient relationships
Physicians Practice
Building a strong physician-patient relationship is in many ways a complex process. The patient expects the physician to respect his time; provide a good clinical outcome; and improve his quality of life following treatment. However, rather than dwell just on the physician's responsibilities, it is important to remember that staff members play a significant role in helping the physician connect with patients.More

Alternatives to ACO strategies emerge
HealthLeaders Media
Physicians are hearing a lot of talk about accountable care organizations as the wave of the future, with many being recruited to join and others trying to make themselves appealing with extensive metrics detailing their quality and efficiency. But what if an ACO is not right for you? Well, you're not alone. About 60 percent of physicians are not committing to an ACO, according to recent research in the journal Health Services Research. More

Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources. More