Jun. 26, 2012

The 2011 RBMA Annual Report is available online
The Annual Report is a comprehensive report on your association's activities throughout the preceding year. The 2011 RBMA Annual Report in digital format is now available for members to review association activities and financial performance.

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2012 new members: Only 4 days left to use your $360 RBMA Bucks before they expire
Every new Active or Second member who joined RBMA for 2012 qualifies to receive $360 RBMA Bucks to use toward an RBMA annual conference. It's like getting membership free! Please note, however, that your $360 RBMA Bucks will expire June 30.

To redeem that benefit and use the full $360 toward the Fall Educational Conference, order your RBMA Bucks voucher here. Then, complete a reservation form for the Fall Educational Conference here. This will ensure that you can apply your $360 RBMA Bucks to the Fall Educational Conference.* Contact membership@rbma.org if you have any questions.

*You will not be obligated for the balance of the registration fee until you complete and submit the official Fall Educational Conference registration form. More

Practice administrators and radiologists are invited to attend the ACR-RBMA Forum
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) are pleased to announce the fourth 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

Oct. 5–7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

Click here to register.More

Interventional Radiology Coding Course to be offered at the Fall Educational Conference
A two-day intense course focusing on interventional radiology will take place as a pre-conference session at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference. Taught by Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC 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.

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Calendar of events
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Merge announces release of eClinical OS platform at DIA conference
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced the release of Merge eClinical OS, a new clinical trial operating solution that provides first-of-its-kind, end-to-end study support for trials of all sizes through one interface, one consistent experience, one platform.More

RamSoft implements largest teleradiology system in Mexico for Hova Health
RamSoft, a leader in RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, announced that Hova Health, one of Mexico's largest Teleradiology groups, deployed PowerServer Tele Plus in efforts to improve patient care and reading turnaround times.More

Supreme Court to rule Thursday on health care
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the sweeping healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama. The high court announced a series of other decisions Monday, but not the most anticipated one. It announced that all remaining rulings for the year will come Thursday. The stakes cannot be overstated — what the justices decide will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Americans.More

Electronic health records could help lower malpractice claims
Kaiser Health News
A research letter published by Harvard scientists in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that doctors who adopt the use of electronic health records have a lower rate of malpractice claims. The researchers examined responses from 275 physicians in Massachusetts who responded to surveys in 2005 and 2007, and examined the physicians' use of electronic health records and the number of suits filed against them. More

S&P charts 6 percent annual jump in healthcare costs
Imaging Biz
The average, per capita cost of healthcare services — including Medicare and privately insured patients — is up 6 percent year-over-year in the month of April 2012, as measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index. According to Standard and Poor's, this increase is a half-percentage-point jump over March 2012 year-over-year figures. More

Digital health investments up 73 percent in 2012
Digital health investments are up 73 percent compared to this time last year for companies receiving $2 million or more in venture funding, according to a new report from healthcare accelerator Rock Health. In June 2011, $390 million worth of digital health investments had been reported; that number has climbed to $675 million this year.More

Is refurbished imaging equipment right for you?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
If you're looking to add another CT or MRI machine to your imaging suite or you need to replace one that will no longer pass muster under accreditation, you're likely juggling the question of whether to buy a refurbished machine. Acquiring refurbished versions of these machines is a growing trend as practices and facilities grapple with concerns over decreasing reimbursement or consider the possibility of future consolidations. More

DRA slowed self-referral but didn't stop it, study shows
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
While the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act did reduce the growth rate of in-office, noninvasive musculoskeletal imaging performed by nonradiologists, the legislation failed to stifle the practice, according to a new study published in Radiology. Researchers found that despite the slowdown in this type of imaging after the DRA was implemented, the amount of in-office, noninvasive musculoskeletal imaging performed by nonradiologists was still greater than that performed by radiologists.More