RadCast
July 5, 2011

Errata
RBMA
This is an errata to last week's listing of the 2011-2012 RBMA Board of Directors. The President-Elect and Eastern Director is Bob R. Still. Mr. Still's name was misspelled.More

RBMA seeks leaders to attend Executive Education Program
RBMA
RBMA is committed to educating members and providing opportunities for personal growth and advancement. After listening to our more advanced members, RBMA is pleased to present the second higher-learning program — the Executive Education Program.

This program is for seasoned managers who have experienced multiple challenges and successes with their radiology practice and are preparing to meet the challenges that will be faced in imaging in the near future.

We are seeking leaders who have demonstrated the passion for commitment, perseverance and achievement, and who want to enhance a leadership role in their practice and their life.

Seats are limited and filling fast. Don't chance missing this opportunity.

Executive Education Program
July 21-23, 2011
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Click here for details.More

Registration for the ACR-RBMA Forum is now open
RBMA
Join dynamic faculty for an open exchange of ideas covering current topics confronting radiologists and administrators. You won't want to miss this opportunity to develop strategies and solutions for radiology practices during these uncertain times.

ACR-RBMA Forum:
New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16, 2011

Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Attendees of this program will learn about: Click here to register today.More

RBMA mini-Survey: Meaningful Use of EHR Technology
RBMA
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

RBMA's Career Center: Your best resource for radiology business jobs
RBMA
Visit the RBMA Career Center and find out what positions are available in radiology businesses nationwide. Whether you are looking for a job within a radiology practice or with a company that provides products and services to the industry, the RBMA Career Center offers an array of opportunities.

Looking for a qualified candidate? Use the Career Center to post new jobs as well.

Click here to visit the Career Center.More

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

The impending arrival of ICD-10: How can you cope?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
On Oct. 1, 2013, every radiology practice has to start using the International Classification of Disease 10, instead of ICD-9. This will bring immense complications for radiologists in their billing and payment procedures. Is ICD-10 beneficial, a bureaucratic burden, or a bit of both? And, in any event, what are the best measures you and your staff can take to prepare? More

Managed care enters exam room as insurers buy doctor groups
Kaiser Health News
Even if UnitedHealth Group isn't your insurance company, there's a good chance it touches you in some way. The $100 billion behemoth sells technology to hospitals and other insurers, distributes drugs, manages clinical trials and offers continuing medical education. Now, United's health services wing is quietly taking control of doctors who treat patients covered by United plans in several areas of the country.More

Nonradiologists with financial stake order 248 percent more scans
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Non-radiologists — physicians or otherwise — with on-site imaging services are two-and-half times more likely to order imaging than clinicians with no financial interest in imaging, says a study published in the July edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The MEDLINE data-based meta-analysis, led by Ramsey K. Kilani, M.D. of the Duke University Medical School in Durham, N.C., included five studies considering nearly 77 million episodes of care. More

Mammograms save more lives than previously thought
KTHV-TV
Scientists in Great Britain have discovered that mammograms save more lives than previously thought, and the procedure could be the best defense against breast cancer. In late June, the FDA conducted hearings regarding the popular breast cancer drug Avastin. Federal health officials have suggested it be pulled off pharmacy shelves, because of findings — it doesn't really work.More

Leaders in Imaging: A conversation with Dr. Gary Becker
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
AuntMinnie.com is pleased to present the next installment of Leaders in Imaging, a series of interviews with individuals who are shaping the radiology landscape. We spoke with Dr. Gary Becker, executive director of the American Board of Radiology, who discussed exam integrity and the future of radiology board certification.More

ACO concerns top challenges for medical practice managers
Health Leaders Media
The specter of accountable care looms large in the minds of medical practice managers. Getting ready for new reimbursement models (such as ACOs) that will mean more financial risk for their physician practices tops the list of the most considerable or extreme challenges practice managers face, a survey from the Medical Group Management Association shows.More

JACR: Integration matters for decision support adoption
CMIO
Embedding clinical decision support into PACS significantly increases the likelihood that radiologists will use the software, but integration must occur at the time of implementation, otherwise physicians may become loath to change their workflows, concluded a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Radiation protection in pediatric radiology
Science Daily
The risk to children's health from X-ray radiation is easy to reduce without compromising diagnostic accuracy. Gerhard Alzen and Gabriele Benz-Bohm describe some ways to achieve this in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International. The radiation risk is higher for children than for adults, as children's tissues have a higher cell division rate, and cells can be damaged during this process.More

Imaging cuts removed from Free Trade Agreement act
Imaging Biz
Provisions for imaging cuts stipulated in the pending United States-South Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act were removed by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The provisions would have increased the required equipment utilization rate for advanced diagnostic imaging equipment services, or the rate at which Medicare assumes equipment is in use at the average facility, from 75 percent to 90 percent. More