Jul. 9, 2013

Question of the week
How has your imaging volume changed from the first half of 2012 to the first half of 2013, and to what factors do you attribute that change? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: If you work for a radiology practice that bills in-house or a for billing service, what applications or feature functionalities do you use to increase billing efficiency?

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RBMA member benefit: Affiliate bookstore discounts
Your membership with RBMA enables you to receive discounts with our affiliates on many of their products:

Visit www.rbma.org/affiliatebookstores for more information or to obtain the members-only promotional codes for your purchases.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

Dealing with radiology management changes
Radiology management in any environment is changing rapidly. Radiology managers face new regulations, increased competition and decreased payments along with the ever-present, "do more with less." Come hear what AHRA and RBMA, the leading organizations representing radiology managers and business professionals, are doing to keep up with this changing landscape as leaders from both organizations present AHRA and RBMA Leaders: A View of Radiology From the Top at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference.

Register to attend this and more today!

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

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Eight reasons to be optimistic about the future of radiology (and radiologists)

Find out what the eight reasons are when Jonathan Berlin, MD, MBA, presents his general session at the ACR-RBMA Forum.

Register today.

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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Interventional Radiology Coding Course package deal available
RBMA has arranged a cost efficient and convenient meeting package for all attendees. RBMA will be your one-stop shop for registering for this program and making your hotel reservations! In order to take advantage of the special package rates you must register for the Interventional Radiology Coding Course by Sept. 13.

In addition to your conference registration fee, your special package price includes:

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 17-18
American Airlines Training & Conference Center
Fort Worth, Texas

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RBMA dues prorated on July 1
Now is a great time to join! RBMA reduced its dues July 1 for those wishing to join for the remainder of 2013. Also, all NEW Active and Second members will receive the RBMA Briefcase, which includes a sample of benefits to use immediately:

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

A truly astonishing graph of the growth of healthcare jobs in America
The Atlantic
In the last 10 years, job growth in America's non-healthcare economy has been dreadful. Just 2.1 percent total — or barely 0.2 percent per year. In that time, the U.S. healthcare sector has grown more than 10 times faster than the rest of the economy, adding 2.6 million jobs.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. More

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices: Is yours up to date?
In the May 2013 column "New Federal Regulations Require Material Changes to Notice of Privacy Practices," my colleague noted that as part of the recent changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, healthcare providers are required to update their "Notices of Privacy Practices."More

Who is a HIPAA business associate?
A wide range of vendors and contractors that perform services or other functions for healthcare providers or health plans face substantial new obligations and potential liabilities as business associates under the final Omnibus Rule issued on Jan. 17 by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.More

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

IMAGINE Software expands product offering with IMAGINE Intelligence
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software announces the new IMAGINE Intelligence Suite, an integrated business intelligence and analytics solution that enables clients to more easily access and extract meaningful information from medical practice operations.More

Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule does not include MPPR
Imaging Biz
Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could have proposed creating a 50 percent multiple procedure payment reduction on the professional component of advanced imaging (as it did in 2011), or elected to expand the MPPR to all forms of imaging, it decided to drop the issue for this year instead. The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which came out July 8, leaves things as they stood last year.More

Medical imaging among Medicare patients continues to decline
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Medical imaging rates significantly and consistently continue to decline among Medicare patients nationwide, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In an effort to control medical and healthcare costs, medical imaging is often targeted as a major cost factor, resulting in actions such as markedly lower payments for imaging as per the Deficit Reduction Act from 2005. More

Report: U.S. hospitals triple use of electronic health records
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
U.S. hospitals have made major progress in adopting electronic health records systems over the past three years, according to a new report. The number of hospitals with a basic electronic health records system tripled from 2010 to 2012, with more than four of every 10 hospitals now equipped with the new health information technology, according to the report scheduled for release by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.More

Pioneer ACOs seen defecting to MSSP program
Health Leaders Media
At least four of the 32 Pioneer ACOs are in the process of notifying their providers that they intend to shift to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and up to five more could follow. "They've learned that they probably won't be successful, so they want to move into a no-risk environment," says one observer. More

Algorithm identifies misfiled chest x-rays in PACS
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The adoption of PACS hasn't eliminated the problem of lost x-ray films, as any healthcare facility knows. But Japanese researchers believe they've found an answer through a computer algorithm that locates misfiled chest radiographs based on unique anatomical data, which they call "biological fingerprints," found in each x-ray. More