Jul. 2, 2013

Last chance to attend RBMA Fall Educational Conference for FREE!
The deadline to complete an application for a vRad Education Scholarship toward the RBMA Fall Educational Conference is this Friday, July 5! Applicants must be a current member of RBMA and must not have attended an RBMA meeting in the past three years. Winners will be notified by July 12.

"I'm so thankful to RBMA and vRad for providing a scholarship for me to attend an RBMA conference. The sessions I attended were all very informative and helpful. Going to my first RBMA meeting opened my eyes to new and better ideas that I hope to implement into my practice. More than anything, the meeting helped revive my interest in radiology and brought me back to a place of curiosity and feeling the desire to learn more. I look forward to attending future RBMA meetings!" — Andrea Hale, 2013 Radiology Summit vRad Scholarship Recipient

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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 7 million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

Coping with working in the healthcare and radiology environment
In an anecdotal manner, keynote speaker Norm Bossio will discuss useful and practical coping mechanisms to use when balancing personal lives and the demands of working in the healthcare and radiology environment in his session, "How to Maintain Your Balance When You're Standing on the Deck of the Titanic," at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference.

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

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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. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, come help celebrate "Take Me Out to the Exhibit Hall"! Hit one out of the park by joining RBMA for an evening of good food, fine beverages and great conversations with friends and colleagues. Don't forget to wear your favorite baseball team jersey!

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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 take place at the award-winning American Airlines Training & Conference Center. Meetings 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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Coding education on-demand
Prepare for the Radiology Certified Coder exam by purchasing and downloading the 2013 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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Calendar of events
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A world of rising healthcare costs
The New York Times
Americans are used to hearing that healthcare will bust the budget. The Congressional Budget Office projected last year that Medicare, Medicaid and other government health programs would eat up 9.6 percent to 10.4 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2037, crowding out many other vital programs.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. 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. More

As payment models change, imaging must focus on 4 key priorities
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology has a central role in healthcare: It makes up 7.5 percent of U.S. healthcare expenditures and 14 percent of Medicare's Part B spending, with direct costs for radiology totaling $175 billion per year. So as healthcare delivery and payment systems shift, radiologists are challenged to operate within a different framework. More

Airtight contracts, timely response to denials can ease some claim payment pains
Health Imaging
The relationship between radiologists and managed care plans is often subject to conflict over issues of payment, but a thorough understanding of contracts and timely, organized responses to problems that do arise can help guarantee correct claim payments, according to an article published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Implementing a radiology department blog
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Patients don't fully understand radiology's role in healthcare, and they might not have the right forum for asking questions about medical imaging. The solution? Create a radiology-specific blog with content dedicated to medical imaging. "We want a way to connect with our patients meaningfully rather than just at the check-in counter or with our blind piece of paper from our radiology report," said C. Matthew Hawkins, a pediatric radiology fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.More

Republican committee leaders release updated SGR fix draft
Imaging Biz
The House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees released a more detailed version of their long-term proposal to remove the flawed sustainable growth rate formula for setting Medicare physician reimbursement. The leaders of both committees are pushing a "doc fix" plan that calls for the permanent repeal of the SGR, greater stability in physician payments and a transition to a payment system that would reward physicians for meeting certain performance and quality targets.More

Big changes ahead for those who buy their own insurance
Kaiser Health News
Gail Harriman's health insurance costs rose four times in just over two years, from $550 a month to $1,171, an amount "more than my mortgage." But when the self-employed San Francisco resident tried to switch insurers, she was rejected because of a minor health problem. Harriman, 60, is among the estimated 15 million Americans who buy their own insurance and face far bigger hurdles getting and keeping it than those with job-based coverage. More