Jun. 25, 2013

Question of the week
If you work for a radiology practice that bills in-house or for a billing service, what applications or feature functionalities do you use to increase billing efficiency?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: What clinical and non-clinical factors does your practice take into account when measuring physician productivity?

Click here to access the Hot Topics archives.More

Member benefit: Call-A-Vendor
Are you in need of a new product or service within your practice and just don't know where to begin your research? RBMA offers a virtual Call-A-Vendor program which allows you to send an inquiry out to participating corporate partners. If any of them can provide you a service, they will reply to your inquiry with further details and information — it's as simple as that!

Call-A-Vendor now, or visit our Corporate Partner Directory!

Corporate members interested in enrolling as a vendor in the Call-A-Vendor program should register here.More

Please come to Boston!
RBMA will be in Boston for the Fall Educational Conference. Join colleagues and friends in the Northeast for one last chance to get together this year. Extend your trip and stay for the leaves! Fall foliage experts predict changes in color mid to late September!

Registration is open.

RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 8-11
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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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 fifth 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.

ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business
and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

Sept. 7-8
Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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Register to attend RBMA's Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Register to attend a two-day intensive course focusing on interventional radiology taught by coding experts Jeff Majchrzak, BA, CIRCC, RCC, and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC.

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course will focus on CPT/HCPCS code assignment and assist the attendee in understanding core rules, regulations and definitions needed to confidently code Interventional Radiology services. A portion of time will be spent on reviewing, discussing and performing "hands-on" coding of difficult IR procedure reports focusing on a "best-practice" methodology of coding and billing.

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course will take place at the award-winning American Airlines Training & Conference Center. Meeting rooms are just steps away from your hotel room.

RBMA has arranged a cost efficient and convenient meeting package for all attendees that includes the registration fee, your hotel room, airport shuttle and meals! In order to take advantage of the special package rates you must register for the Interventional Radiology Coding Course by Sept. 13.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 17-18
American Airlines Training & Conference Center
Fort Worth, Texas

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Participate in a survey and receive a free report
Vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises has unveiled the 2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure report supporting diagnostic imaging, pharmacy automation and infrastructure, based on customer satisfaction scores. RBMA and KLAS have teamed up to make the 43-page report available to RBMA provider members at no charge. RBMA provider members only need to register and take a short evaluation to rate one of their vendors.

Click here to participate.More

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

St. Mary's Healthcare System partners with Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that St. Mary's Healthcare System has selected Merge's iConnect Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive to support their enterprise imaging strategy.More

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions announces formation of Strategic Advisory Board
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare revenue cycle management outsourcing solutions, announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board and the appointment of Chuck Lyles to the board.More

Urgent care practice automates radiology workflow with RamSoft PowerServer Lite
RamSoft, a leader in RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions, announces that America's Family Doctors has selected PowerServer Lite to manage their radiology department. America's Family Doctors is a three-facility urgent care practice that provides medical services near Nashville, Tenn.More

Savings galore in imaging
Health Imaging
By Lisa Fratt, editor: Who doesn't love a bargain? I surely do. Scanning this week's headlines, I realized there are multiple bargains to be had in the imaging realm. Smart sites have cut repeat CT studies and applied algorithms to triage chest pain patients.More

Healthcare leaders seek strategic sweet spot
Health Leaders Media
Hospitals and health systems are getting squeezed at both ends of the revenue spectrum. To survive they must effectively integrate a number of healthcare services and add value. But how?More

MMP professionals support industry with RBMA committee work in 2013-2014
Medical Management Professionals
Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, is pleased to announce RBMA subcommittee appointments for its professionals during the 2013-2014 year. More

'S' or 'C' corporation? Maximize tax deductions by using both
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
Choosing the form and structure of one's medical practice is an important decision. Most advisors to radiology practices believe that the avoidance of potential double taxation makes the S Corporation the logical choice. This "conventional wisdom" overlooks the potential benefits a C Corporation can offer. If you want to explore ways to reduce unnecessary taxes without subjecting yourself to double taxation and would like to see how you can do this without having to change any of your insurance provider or Medicare provider numbers, this article is ideal for you.More

The future of the hospital-based radiology group
Imaging Biz
As the demands placed on hospitals and health systems continue to intensify, the hospital-based radiology group will have to evolve to meet its constituents' changing needs, according to Chad Calendine, MD, CMO of Optimal Radiology Partners. "It's a story that is being written as we speak," he says. "The underlying principle is that radiology groups need to be more aligned with their hospitals, and they have to be conspicuously and actively involved in helping the hospitals reach their goals."More

Patients — not doctors — affect ED imaging rates
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The amount of radiologic imaging ordered in the emergency department is driven largely by patients' wishes — not the physicians' — say the results of a study published online in the journal Radiology. Imaging rates in emergency departments are quite variable, suggesting that physicians' experience and training may play a role in how often these tests are ordered.More

MDCT: iPad triggers rapid changes in radiology
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
For a relatively young technology, Apple's iPad has already wrought huge changes in radiology, affecting education, image viewing, and interactions with referring physicians, Dr. Elliot Fishman told attendees at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in Washington, D.C.More

Outpatient preventive care efforts lower costs only marginally
HealthLeaders Media
Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90 percent of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." Aggressive preventive care efforts in outpatient settings have little effect on spiraling hospital costs in the most expensive patients, says a surprising Harvard study. More

US health insurers to pay $500 million in rebates this summer
U.S. insurers will pay $500 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer because of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, about half the amount they paid last year. The law, often called Obamacare, requires companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 percent of premiums they collect on medical care.More

Officials prepare for 'biggest open-enrollment season we've ever seen'
Kaiser Health News
At the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange in Carson City, Nev., workers have been counting down the days until Oct. 1 on an office corkboard. Sunday is a big milestone — 100 days to the deadline for opening the online marketplaces that are a linchpin of the federal health law known as Obamacare. "We certainly will need every one of the days that we have left," said Jon Hager, executive director of the Nevada exchange.More