Jul. 3, 2012

Question of the Week
What is your IT cost as a percentage of revenue?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:

What proportion of your practice or imaging center's procedure reading volume — if any — consists of outside reads (e.g., nighthawk, vacation coverage, subspecialty reads, etc.) for other practices, imaging centers or clinics?

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Purchase recordings and handouts for the 2012 Radiology Summit
Did you miss attending the RBMA 2012 Radiology Summit? If so, consider purchasing the conference recordings and handouts for the entire conference! You will hear what experts had to say about selling or merging your imaging center, change management, ICD-10 transition, radiation safety and dose management and much more.

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Member-Get-A-Member — Get a Kindle
RBMA counts on our members to help our community of radiology business professionals grow every year. And the best way to do that is to actively participate in RBMA's Member-Get-A-Member Campaign to recruit new members. The more members you recruit, the bigger the prize.

In addition, anyone who recruits one or more new members will be entered into a quarterly drawing to win a Kindle Fire! The second quarterly drawing was held on Monday, July 2, 2012, and the winner is Delores McDaniel, HCA, Manager, Children's National Medical Center.

Congratulations to Delores McDaniel, HCA, and thank you for participating in the program and for helping build RBMA.

Spread the word to your friends and colleagues about RBMA to win one or more prizes and be in the next quarterly drawing for a Kindle Fire on Oct. 1, 2012.

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Coding education now available on-demand
Coding information delivered into your office! The RBMA 2012 Radiology Coding Mechanics Course is a comprehensive course that presents authoritative, up-to-date and accurate information on proper coding, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Participants will glean a better understanding of imaging procedures and how they are performed. This course will relay the knowledge needed to submit accurate claims and receive appropriate, optimum reimbursements.

Prepare for the Radiology Certified Coder exam with the 2012 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course, an extremely intensive review that addresses all areas of radiology coding. Designed for those individuals sitting for the Radiology Certified Coder Exam, this program offers the basic principles of proper coding for CPT and ICD-9-CM as well as coding for problem situations.

Both courses, sponsored by are now available for purchase on the new RBMA Learning Resource Library.

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A robust program offered at the ACR-RBMA Forum
The American College of Radiology and the Radiology Business Management Association are pleased to announce the fourth annual combined conference for radiologists and administrators.

This year's program will include hot topics such as Meaningful Use, social media in radiology, reimbursement, coding and compliance, radiologist productivity and more!

Register today!

ACR RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business
and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 5–7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

IMAGINE Software reveals certified Meaningful Use EHR
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces the availability of a fully certified Meaningful Use EHR for all clients.More

Centracare Health System selects Merge PACS™
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Centracare Health System's St. Cloud Hospital, the largest healthcare provider in the St. Cloud, Minn. region, has selected Merge PACS™ to enable its radiologists to read, review, archive and share images and data.More

RamSoft, MagView sign distribution agreement
RamSoft, a leading developer of RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, has reached a strategic agreement with MagView to distribute their mammography reporting, tracking and compliance software as a fully integrated solution with RamSoft's PowerServer RIS/PACS and FDA approved mammography viewing solutions.More

Healthcare ruling: Business winners, losers
ABC News
For American businesses in general, and the healthcare industry in particular, the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama's overhaul law removes a great deal of uncertainty. The legislation is a boon for much of the healthcare industry by making coverage affordable for tens of millions of uninsured Americans. But not every company will benefit. Medical equipment makers, for example, will be hit with a new tax on their sales. More

After healthcare ruling, some doubt states can meet key deadlines
The Washington Post
With Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Obama's landmark healthcare law, debate has shifted to whether deadlines key to the law's goal of expanding coverage to tens of millions of Americans will be pushed back. Some say states and the federal government are facing such complex technical and political realities that some deadlines need to be relaxed.More

Medical images cited for surge in hospital data
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Medical imaging studies account for the large surge in healthcare data burdening hospitals, according to a survey examining how hospitals around the world are responding to the massive amounts of electronic data. Radiology PACS were cited by 63.1 percent of respondents as the No. 1 cause of data growth, followed by files in the electronic health record (54.1 percent), according to the second annual International Healthcare Data Management Survey.More

Radiology job market: Is the future bright?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
As imaging gets crunched between government efforts to cut healthcare costs and a vacillating U.S. economy, it can be hard to determine the state of the radiology job market. Its future health, however, may depend more on public relations, according to an article in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. A panel of nine radiologists discussed this topic and more during a roundtable discussion on the future of the radiology job market. More

Reimbursement uncertainty tops list of healthcare leaders' concerns
Imaging Biz
Lack of a permanent sustainable growth rate fix for Medicare physician payments and accountable care organization payment models that ask practices to share financial risk with payors top the list of concerns of members of the Medical Group Management Association/American College of Medical Practice Executives.More

ACR updates Appropriateness Criteria
Health Imaging
The American College of Radiology has released new and updated evidence-based guidelines to help healthcare providers choose the most appropriate medical imaging exam or radiation therapy for a patient's clinical condition via the latest version of its Appropriateness Criteria. The ACR updated 39 appropriateness criteria topics and added five new criteria that have been shown to improve quality, reduce unnecessary exams and lower costs, according to the ACR.More