Jun. 24, 2014

Question of the week
If your radiology practice is exclusively hospital based, what per-occurrence and aggregate commercial liability and medical malpractice insurance limits do you carry? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: For your radiology group's hospital-based business, do you collect payments from patients in advance or at time of service?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

RBMA member benefit: Affinity (discount) programs
RBMA is continually looking to increase the value members receive from their membership. Through affinity programs, RBMA is able to partner with other organizations and offer members savings and discounts. RBMA has endorsed the following affinity programs:

Mediserve Equipment Maintenance Reduction Program — With over 32 years of experience and the industry's founder, Mediserve, Inc., the healthcare division of SU Group LLC, has been endorsed to provide equipment maintenance reduction for RBMA members. Members should expect to see discounts ranging from 10 to 30 percent on a wide variety of equipment types for diagnostic, lab, IT, office equipment and other patient care related instruments.

PartnerShip — As a member of RBMA, you can use the free RBMA Shipping Program to save on every shipment you send and receive — around the corner, around the country, or around the world — with world-class carriers and phenomenal customer service professionals.

Hertz — the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Members receive discounted rentals, as well as promotional codes for free upgrades and other great deals!

Visit www.rbma.org/discounts for more information on these programs and to start SAVING today!

RBMA endorses these programs, which provide significant discounts to RBMA members as an added benefit to your membership! RBMA receives a small royalty in return for endorsing these programs, which is rolled back into member benefits by offsetting programs costs so we can keep membership dues low. The RBMA uses care in the selection of products or services to endorse but does not make any guarantee of performance of the endorsed product or services. RBMA members are solely responsible for the decision to utilize any endorsed product or service.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of RBMA's affinity programs or have a suggested program for RBMA to consider endorsing in the future, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

Practice administrators and radiologists are invited to attend the ACR-RBMA Forum
The American College of Radiology and the Radiology Business Management Association are pleased to announce the sixth annual combined conference for radiologists and administrators.

Register as a team and SAVE! Take time to attend this informative two-day seminar that will guide you in the financial, operational and legal aspects of managing a radiology business from the top. Discover how to effectively lead a practice in these uncertain economic times and develop strategies and solutions for future success.

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

Only one week left to submit your 2012 and 2013 A/R data to DataMAXX
Please help RBMA continue to provide our members with trusted, reliable benchmarks by submitting your data by June 30. 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. NEW! Short video tutorials that show how to subscribe, upload data and view reports are available here. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org with any questions.More

Charging for new imaging technologies: Tips and pitfalls
It's not often that radiology groups have to accommodate fresh imaging technologies, which makes it even more challenging to handle a new one — often, a precedent has yet to be set for billing.More

RBMA offers tools for billing managers
RBMA has created an assortment of tools to help practices benchmark their accounts receivable, salaries, operations, processes and services.More

Behind the curve?
Is your practice attempting to collect in office or imaging center settings? What about hospital outpatients? If you're not collecting in these areas, then you may be behind the curve on this increasingly important activity.
By David L. Smith, FACMPE More

MedInformatix implements award-winning RIS for Northwest Radiologists
MedInformatix, an innovator in radiology information systems and electronic health records, and an established technology brand known for providing real-time real-impact data and workflow EHR solutions to the healthcare industry, has successfully implemented its award-winning Radiology Information System Version 7.5 at Northwest Radiologists, one of Washington state's most comprehensive imaging and interventional radiology practices. MedInformatix was selected after an extensive, industry-wide competitive process.More

Meeting the financial needs of the practice with analytics, reporting
Imaging Biz
You can show Kirk Hintz the money, or show him the data, but what he really wants to see is the variance. Formerly an options trader in Naples, Fla., with some practice administration experience, Hintz assumed the position of CEO for Nashville-based Radiology Alliance two years ago. More

Imaging reagent market to reach $18.5 billion by 2019
Health Imaging
The global medical imaging reagents market will reach an estimated value of $18.5 billion by 2019 based on a projected compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent, according to a report published by Transparency Market Research.More

Patients and EHRs: Trust but verify
Physicians Practice
By Daniel Essin, MA, MD: I recently and unexpectedly spent some as a hospital patient. When chatting with the nurses, one topic consumed them: the hospital's computer system and its negative impact on patient care. Their comments were revealing but not surprising.More

Transitioning to bundled payments
HealthLeaders Media
As the healthcare industry moves away from fee-for-service reimbursements toward a bundled payment model that holds providers financially accountable for an entire episode of care, hospitals and health systems need strategies for maintaining cash flow and economic viability during the transition.More

Bigger health companies: Good for Medicare, maybe not for others
The New York Times
Although Obamacare’s health insurance expansion has directly provided coverage to only about 4 percent of Americans, changes embedded in the Affordable Care Act could affect many more people, and not always in good ways.More