June. 28, 2011

Question of the Week
Do the radiologists in your group report on PQRS measures through claims-based or registry-based reporting of either individual measures or measures groups, and if so, did they receive PQRS incentive payments for 2009?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: What type of employment agreement does your radiology practice's top-ranking non-physician administrator have with your group?

Click here for the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

Announcing the 2011-2013 RBMA Board of Directors and Officers
RBMA is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Board of Directors and Officers:

President-Elect and Eastern Director:
Immediate Past President:
Secretary and Southern Director:
Parliamentarian and Eastern Director:
ACR Director:
Midwestern Directors:

Western Directors:

Michael A. Bohl, FRBMA
Robert T. Sill
Alicia Vasquez, RT, CRA, FRBMA
Laura Davis, CNMT, MBA
Wendy Lomers, CPA, MBA
Worth Saunders, MHA, FRBMA, FACHE
Mark O. Bernardy, MD
Mary Hondl
Bill Wilson
Rachel Bergmann
Debra Platt, RT, RCC
Keith E. Chew, CPMA
Thomas W. Greeson, JD
James Hamilton, MBA, CMM
Tom Kushman
Kim Longeteig

Audio files from the 2011 Radiology Summit now available
If you were unable to attend the RBMA 2011 Radiology Summit, you may still purchase the handouts and the MP3 audio files from the RBMA online store. Session handouts are available along with the audio files. Radiology Summit attendees may download the files from the link sent in a previous email regarding materials prior to the conference. The link will be resent shortly for those unable to locate the email. Click here to order.More

Hotel discount group rate for Executive Education Program extended
In case you missed last Friday's deadline, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has agreed to extend the discounted hotel rate to RBMA Executive Education attendees as long as rooms are available. Call to reserve your room today.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is top notch. After a full day of leadership sessions, kick back and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the desert in a hotel rated Five Diamond by the AAA. Evening temperatures allow for extended poolside chatting over a cool beverage long after the desert sunset.

Register to attend.

Executive Education Program
July 21-23, 2011
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Ariz.
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RBMA mini-Survey: Meaningful use of EHR technology
RBMA is conducting a mini-Survey to gather information on the current state of affairs with respect to meaningful use of electronic health record technology. We ask that you, or a person in your organization with knowledge of its activities related to meaningful use, complete this mini-Survey whether or not you expect to participate in the incentive program. Survey results also may be used in future advocacy efforts on your behalf.

Please click here to access the mini-Survey. You may also download a PDF version of the questionnaire to use as a worksheet to collect your responses.

The deadline to complete the meaningful use of EHR technology mini-Survey is Friday, July 22.More

Be prepared: Purchase the ICD-10-CM Toolkit
The ICD-10-CM Toolkit is designed to give you all the tools needed to prepare your practice for the implementation of ICD-10. It contains a customizable model implementation plan and educational materials to help document the information needed for ICD-10 coding and a full range of staff training. Collaborated and produced by RBMA and Coding Strategies℠.

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RBMA office closed for Fourth of July
The RBMA office will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!More

Calendar of events
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OptumInsight's LifeCode Natural Language Processing technology receives U.S. patent
OptumInsight's LifeCode® Natural Language Processing technology, which powers its computer-assisted coding software, has received a 2011 U.S. Patent as the coding industry's first natural language processing engine to accurately interpret the meaning and context of medical terminology in electronic health records.More

Virtual Radiologic recognized among top 100 workplaces in Minnesota
Virtual Radiologic
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, announced that it has been named by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as one of the top 100 workplaces in Minnesota in 2011.More

DOPA-PET helps diagnose Parkinson's from other disorders
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
PET imaging with fluorine-18 dihydroxyphenylalanine can be an accurate means of diagnosing Parkinson's disease and distinguishing it from other neurological conditions, according to research presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in San Antonio.More

U.S. plans stealth survey on access to doctors
The New York Times
Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery shoppers" to pose as patients, call doctors' offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.More

Uninsured much less likely to get imaging services, report reveals
Imaging Biz
In its fourth annual survey of United States and international health care consumers, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found that among its U.S. survey respondents 47 percent of those with health insurance had an imaging exam or test in the last 12 months. Among those without health insurance, it was only 20 percent.More

CMS announces patient care improvement grants
Imaging Biz
Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help hospitals and providers develop new programs, training and monitoring initiatives aimed at improving patient care, the agency announced.More

'Double' chest scans increase costs and exposure to radiation
Kaiser Health News
Hundreds of hospitals are routinely performing a type of chest scan that experts say should be used rarely, subjecting patients to double doses of radiation and driving up health care costs. In a double CT scan, patients get two imaging tests consecutively: one without dye and the other with dye injected into their veins.More

Radiology: Rad waiting rooms invoke stress for women
Health Imaging & IT
Writing that there is no such thing as a "simple" diagnostic test, researchers reported that women waiting for breast biopsy, hepatic chemoembolization and uterine fibroid embolization procedures experienced high levels of stress in a study published in the July edition of Radiology. The breast biopsy cohort also experienced highly abnormal anxiety levels, the researchers continued, and both factors could impact departmental operations.More

GE gets FDA approval for mobile x-ray systems
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
GE Healthcare has received FDA clearance of its Optima XR220amx, Optima XR200amx and Brivo XR285amx, a new platform of mobile x-ray systems. The product line responds to aging populations, rising obesity rates, and an increasing demand for patient-centric medical care by creating a "radiology room on wheels."More

Google to discontinue PHR service
Health Imaging & IT
Google is discontinuing its Google Health personal health record service, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Data will remain available for download through Jan. 1, 2013, said Aaron Brown, senior product manager of Google Health, in a blog posted June 24.More

Despite more fellowships, breast imaging still unpopular
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Residents are spending more time in dedicated breast imaging rotations and more are choosing breast imaging fellowships, but their overall attitudes about breast imaging as a career path remain negative, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.More

Radiology's beauty on display at American Museum of Natural History
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The beauty of the CT and the x-ray extend far beyond the diagnostic, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History reminds us. "Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies," an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts.More