Jun. 30, 2015

Registration for the Fall Educational Conference is open!
The Fall Educational Conference is designed to accommodate higher level learning and in-depth coverage of topics affecting the business of radiology today. What you can expect:

Join the leading professional organization for advancing the business of radiology for two-and-a-half days of a rich knowledge-based curriculum and collegial camaraderie.

RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

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Final chance for a free trial of RBMA membership!
For the month of July, RBMA is offering a selection of FREE members-only benefits to interested potential members! Get a sneak peek at the benefits only available to RBMA members by becoming a member for a month!

Your free benefits will include:

Sign up today, June 30, and become an RBMA Member for a Month!

Please contact us at membership@rbma.org if you have questions or concerns.More

Fixin' to attend the Fall Educational Conference? Update your RBMA profile for a FREE registration!
Anxious to get to Austin? Use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA track more accurate demographics about our membership! If you update your account between now and Friday, July 31, you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE registration (valued at $760) to the Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas, Sept. 27-29, or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining on or before July 31, who update their profile online, will also be entered to win. RBMA corporate primary members only need to update their personal profile (not company profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be notified by Aug. 7 via email.

Edit Your Profile Now to Enter!

Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

vRad Education Scholarship available for 2015 Fall Educational Conference
RBMA is pleased to announce we have one scholarship remaining for the 2015 Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas, Sept. 27-29! If you've wanted to attend an RBMA conference for years and just can't seem to find it in the budget — now is your chance!

Applications are now being accepted. Please submit your application by July 24.

For more information on criteria or to apply, please visit www.rbma.org/vrad.

Virtual Radiologic (vRad) is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. vRad's more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700-plus facilities, reading seven million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum coming in 2016
Position your practice for success in the new health care system at this all-new meeting for radiology practice leaders and management professionals. Discover the business trends and best practices that will optimize your practice performance and keep you ahead of emerging changes in health care. Bring your team members and SAVE! Jan. 15-17, 2016, in Phoenix, Ariz. Register now.More

Strategic planning for practice managers
Three new articles have recently been added to the RBMA article library. Under Governance, you can now access the following three articles by Will Latham, MBA:

If you would like to contribute an article to the RBMA article library, please contact Daphne Gawronski.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Submit data to run free reports
RBMA survey data have been collected and reported through DataMAXX since 2013. All members can submit data either using an Excel® questionnaire file or through DataMAXX. RBMA members from radiology practices, imaging centers and IDTFs may subscribe to DataMAXX for free to submit data and run reports. Members from billing companies and MSOs may submit their clients' A/R and Compensation data through the Vendor Portal link on the DataMAXX page, or as an additional user on the client's subscription. Participants from both practices and billing companies/MSOs can run reports once their data have been accepted into DataMAXX.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

7 things to consider if bringing billing in house
Many practices that outsource billing weigh whether or not they should bring billing back in house. At the RBMA Radiology Summit in Las Vegas, RBMA past presidents Wendy Lomers, CPA, MBA, FRBMA, and Keith E. Chew, MHA, CMPE, along with president-elect Jim Hamilton, MHA, CMM, FRBMA, offered their advice for doing so successfully. Together, they had seven tips.More

Toshiba America Medical Systems and Merge Healthcare partner on cardiology and hemodynamic solutions
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Under this new agreement, Toshiba will be able to offer its customers a full turnkey solution, combining Merge's cardiology PACS and hemodynamic monitoring solutions with the Toshiba portfolio of vascular x-ray systems.More

Differentiate now or stagnate soon, warns radiology business guru
Imaging Biz
Apple used to push the world to "think different." Today, the profession of radiology is being driven to think differentiation. And the impetus is issuing not from a single corporation, but rather from myriad market forces — from commoditization to consolidation to, perhaps most pressingly, ever-narrowing profit margins. More

How small- and medium-sized practices can use big data
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Is big data the right fit for your practice? It could be if you're part of an accountable care organization or a Patient-Centered Medical Home and your practice is now directly accountable for keeping your patients healthy. Dan O'Connor, vice president of client relations at Bethel Park, Penn.-based Stoltenberg Consulting, likes to talk about the TV show "House" when describing how big data works in healthcare. More

Hospital CEOs weigh in on King v. Burwell ruling
HealthLeaders Media
In a decision that probably should have been expected, given previous rulings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to keep in place federal insurance subsidies in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges. I spoke with several hospital and health system CEOs afterward to understand how the King v. Burwell ruling affects their organizations. More

ACR revisits the benefits of diversity
Health Imaging
A pair of editorials published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology presented a point-counterpoint discussion on the topic of diversity in radiology practices, with one radiologist questioning the prescriptions from the ACR Committee for General Diversity. More

What's the password?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By Eric Postal, MD: I took my first — and last — class in computer programming in high school. At the time, most people had never even heard of the Internet, and didn't make routine use of passwords for much more than accessing their banks' ATMs. If you can even call a 4-digit PIN a password, that is. More