Jul. 1, 2014

Attend the ACR-RBMA Forum and stay for the RBMA Fall Educational Conference Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
All individuals attending the ACR-RBMA Forum are invited to stay and attend the RBMA Fall Educational Conference Exhibit Hall Grand Opening from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. Join RBMA for another chance to visit with colleagues as well as time to shop the Exhibit Hall filled with industry related products and solutions.

Register today.

ACR-RBMA Forum: Thriving in the New Value Paradigm
Oct. 17-18
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington, 98101

Coding education on-demand
Prepare for the Radiology Certified Coder exam by purchasing and downloading the 2014 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course online video. Taught by Lori Shore, CPC, RCC, this course is an extremely intensive review that addresses all areas of radiology coding.

Designed for those individuals sitting for the Radiology Certified Coder (RCC©) exam, this program offers the basic principles of proper coding for CPT and ICD-9-CM as well as coding for problem situations.

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RBMA office will be closed this Friday in observance of Independence Day
The RBMA office will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July. We will reopen on Monday, July 7. Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!More

Helping physicians help themselves
Getting your physicians to submit better reports means fewer denials and more revenue.More

The ultimate billing obstacle course
Outsmart obstacles using business intelligence to improve practice financial and operational health.More

Is it time to scrap your IDTF enrollment status? New bundled breast biopsy codes wreak havoc on IDTFs performing women's imaging services
Imaging centers enrolled in the Medicare program as Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities face a growing number of challenges. This article takes a look at IDTF enrollment and why it is required.More

Training medical practice staff to deal with angry patients
Physicians Practice (registration required)
By P.J. Cloud-Moulds: A few weeks ago, a billing staff member was subjected to a particularly difficult and demanding patient phone call. The patient took 40 minutes of her time insisting that billing was done incorrectly, which it was not, and was just really very rude. I decided subsequent calls would never last this long, and that I needed to provide the staff some autonomy and training from a call-center standpoint.More

Take advantage of ICD-10 delay
HealthLeaders Media
With the ICD-10 transition delayed until Oct. 1, 2015, physicians have more time to assess their switchover programs and look for weak points. Working with referral partners is likely to be a shortcoming for most physician practices, and the ICD-10 delay means you can fix the problem. Coordinating with referral partners will be especially important for specialists who get their patients from another resource.More

Hospitals turning to data brokers for patient information
VideoBrief A new report describes how hospitals are buying information from data brokers to determine how likely you are to get sick and what it may cost to treat you. For more on this, Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York.More

Electronic health records: First, do no harm?
One of the top stated goals of the federal Meaningful Use program encouraging adoption of electronic health records technology is to improve patient safety. But is there really a cause-and-effect relationship between digitizing health records and reducing medical errors? Poorly implemented health information technology can also introduce new errors.More

Breast imaging market to hit $3 billion in 2019
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The global market for breast imaging technologies is expected to reach $3 billion by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to a new report from research firm MarketsandMarkets. The market is categorized into ionizing and nonionizing technologies, the company said.More

MGMA cries foul over high fees charged for EFT transactions
Radiology Businses
Just six months after implementation of the new electronic funds transfer operating rules, the Medical Group Management Association has dashed off a letter to the CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner complaining that payors and clearinghouses are charging unreasonable fees to providers for EFT transactions, asking for guidance from the agency. More