Jul. 8, 2014

Question of the week
Do you use an offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) company and, if so, what services do you use? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: If your radiology practice is exclusively hospital based, what per-occurrence and aggregate commercial liability and medical malpractice insurance limits do you carry?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

DataMAXX compensation module now open
DataMAXX, RBMA's Web-based financial and operational performance benchmarking resource, is now collecting compensation and benefits data for 66 radiology specific positions.

The compensation module replaces and expands upon the RBMA Managers Compensation Survey. It collects data and reports statistics on average annual salary/wages, benefits cost, bonus and other compensation, total cash compensation and total compensation for positions from that survey as well as front and back office, clinical support, non-physician clinical and physician positions. The compensation module also includes statistics on vacation, sick leave, PTO, continuing education and other days off earned annually for seven position classifications.

Please submit your practice's compensation data by Aug. 1, 2014. Click here for more information and to get started.More

RBMA Benefits Series: New Delta States Chapter
RBMA is pleased to announce a new chapter has been added to our growing chapter program! The Delta States Chapter, serving Louisiana and Mississippi, is now active and anxious to provide meaningful education and networking opportunities to its members! Visit www.rbma.org/deltastates for more information.

Participating with a local chapter is a big value add to your RBMA membership. Chapters hold their own meetings in addition to the national RBMA in an effort to reach out and connect radiology professionals in the same geographic vicinity. Chapter meetings focus on local radiology business concerns.

Visit our website for a list of current RBMA chapters.

If a chapter does not exist in your area, you may want to consider starting a chapter. If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact Jessica Struve, RBMA membership manager, at 703.621.3359 or email jessica.struve@rbma.org.More

Using data analytics to thrive in new radiology payment systems
Join Raif Erim at the upcoming ACR-RBMA Forum as he presents Using Data Analytics to Optimize the Practice of Radiology.

Find out how to best collect and use data to maximize revenue and decrease denials!

Register today.

ACR-RBMA Forum: Thriving in the New Value Paradigm
Oct. 17-18, 2014
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA 98101

RBMA dues prorated on July 1
Now is a great time to join! RBMA reduced its dues on July 1 for those wishing to join for the remainder of 2014. Any brand new Primary or Secondary non-Corporate member joining now will get a $100 coupon toward any RBMA event registration or Shop RBMA product!

"RBMA = Value. No other organization has provided me with updates, guidelines, products and services that are as relevant to the everyday operations of my radiology practice." — Carol Hamilton, MBA, SPHR, FACMPE, West County Radiological Group, Inc.

Visit www.rbma.org/membership for additional testimonials, more information and to join today! We look forward to welcoming you to the RBMA community!More

Get ready for the redesigned Fall Educational Conference!
Education remains one of our greatest strengths and our strategic direction continues to support that. Education has been a fundamental building block for RBMA since its inception, and we are committed to it. Our goal is to ensure we are offering the right education to the right people at the right time.

In order to serve our members better and provide the kind of education that has been requested we took a look at our fall conference and made the following changes. Here is what you can expect Oct. 19-21, 2014, at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, Wash.

Registration will open shortly. Watch for the announcement in your email. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!More

Two vRad education scholarships available for 2014 Fall Educational Conference
Two scholarships remain for the 2014 Fall Educational Conference in Seattle, Oct. 19-21, 2014! If you've been wanting 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 and are due by Aug. 15, 2014.

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

Strategic differentiation in a commoditizing world
Everyone has an MRI and the MRIs all look the same. What can you do to make your practice stand apart from competitors?More

Drive deeper engagement with content marketing
While content marketing is not actually new, it is still gaining speed and attention, and there's still time to get on board with this trend and integrate content marketing into your existing marketing efforts.More

So you want to be a social media ninja?
Listen to this session from Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs to find out how to effectively use social media in your marketing program.More

CMS proposes x-ray, rad therapy policy changes
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has included changes to some radiation therapy and x-ray services policies as part of its July 3 proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Part of the proposal seeks to ensure that infrastructure costs associated with medical equipment are accounted for in the same way across the PFS, according to CMS.More

EFT and the devil in the fine print
Radiology Business
Shortly after the new business rules governing electronic funds transfer transactions went into effect on Jan. 1, Robert Tennant, MGMA senior policy advisor, began to ask for a show of hands when he spoke to physician groups to get a sense of how many physicians were receiving EFT payment via virtual credit card. At first, just a few hands would go up. Lately, three quarters of the practice leaders in the room are raising their hands. More

The frustrating lack of comparative effectiveness — Part I
By Mike Wokasch
When you go to the doctor's office, you expect your healthcare providers will prescribe drugs that will be effective and safe in treating your diagnosis. But which drug is best for treating your disease or medical condition? You rely on your physician or PA to make this determination. You also rely on your healthcare providers to have the treatment available on their formulary. And lastly, you rely on your insurance company to pay for your treatment of choice. More

Annual Medicare mammography spending jumped 50 percent with newer tech
Health Imaging
While Medicare's mammography costs increased nearly 50 percent in the early 2000s, the number of women screened and detection rates for early-stage disease remained stable. However, the spike in costs — a $300 million increase in annual spending from 2001 to 2009 — did coincide with many providers' transition from plain-film to digital mammography.More

What can big data do for radiologists?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The buzzword, "big data," is becoming more and more prominent in the medical industry, but we all have a different understanding of what this term means. The definition is different depending on what sector of medicine you are referencing, so let's back up for a moment. Where did this, now common, phrase originate and what does it mean to radiologists? More

Use of EHRs in hospital systems carries patient safety concerns
Physicians Practice
A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, identified safety concerns related to the adoption of electronic health records in hospitals, as hospitals and other large medical institutions are pushing the adoption of EHRs in the U.S. and worldwide. This has resulted in a recent and dramatic shift in how are collect, store, and distribute electronic health data.More