Jul. 10, 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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Register to attend the RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Registration for the RBMA 2012 Fall Educational Conference is now open. Join friends and colleagues as we return to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Ariz., for three days of hot topic sessions and interactive learning.

RBMA 2012 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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If you are using RBMA Bucks, you unfortunately cannot register online. Please contact Jessica Struve at (703) 621-3359 to register with your RBMA Bucks.More

Fall Educational Conference add-on: Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Extend your conference experience by registering for a two-day interventional radiology coding course before the Fall Educational Conference.

This course will focus on CPT/HCPCS code assignment and assist the attendee in understanding core rules, regulations and definitions needed to confidently code Interventional Radiology services. Attendees will also engage in hands-on coding of actual difficult cases.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 6-7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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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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NEW! RBMA Learning Resource Library offers members education on demand
RBMA provides members with high value knowledge and applied business information applicable in any radiology setting. Through a generous sponsorship from MERGE Healthcare, RBMA is now able to offer members a central location to access recordings of past webinars and conferences, as well as purchase and view continuing education courses and modules!

The new RBMA Learning Resource Library is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many resources are available free to RBMA members.

Visit often, as new products will be posted periodically to keep members up to speed and informed!

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Calendar of events
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The Supreme Court has spoken: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is upheld
On June 28, the United States Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "PPACA," "ACA" and the "Affordable Care Act").More

The new (old) rules: EEOC issues guidance on use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions
Odds are that your company utilizes information gleaned from a criminal background check when making employment decisions. Indeed, in a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 92 percent of responding employers stated that they subjected all or some of their job candidates to criminal background checks. So, it was not surprising when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued new Enforcement Guidance for employers on the appropriate use of arrest and conviction records.More

You better get your assets moving: Are participant contributions being contributed to your plan on a timely basis?
Two of the first things the Department of Labor looks at when auditing a 401(k) plan are the sponsoring employer's payroll records and the plan's trust records to determine whether the employer has timely contributed employee contributions to the plan. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act provides, with a couple of exceptions, that plan assets must be held within a qualified trust.More

Demystifying bank jargon
Just like many other professions, the world of banking is filled with abbreviations, slang and jargon. Understanding banking terminology is key to managing your financial relationships and to understanding your loan documents. Your failure to have at least a rudimentary understanding of these words can restrict your ability to effectively communicate with bankers and might make it hard for you to understand exactly what is being offered to you by your bank or a potential lender.More

Market study confirms Merge as world's No. 1 vendor neutral archive provider
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, was named the No. 1 global market leader in providing vendor neutral archive solutions by InMedica, a division of IMS Research.More

Central Illinois Radiology Associates, Ltd. selects MMP as exclusive billing provider
MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive billing contract with Central Illinois Radiology Associates, Ltd., based in Peoria, Ill.More

CMS puts MPPR imaging cuts back on the table
Imaging Biz
To find budget savings that would help cover a 7 percent increase in payments to Family Medicine physicians and other Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants, several proposed ideas for cutting reimbursement are back in play in the 2013 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. This includes the unpopular multiple procedural payment reduction of 25 percent on the professional component for CT, MR and ultrasound services.More

Study predicts rise in imaging
Imaging Economics
Although healthcare reform has already brought about a number of significant changes for imaging centers — electronic medical records, accreditation, and accountable care organizations, chiefly among them — there are still many unknowns. One of the most prominent changes that will occur if healthcare reform continues its current progress is an influx of previously uninsured patients who will require services. More

ACO rollout continues with 89 new networks
Kaiser Health News
The next round of accountable care organizations is out at last. On Monday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the selection of 89 new ACOs. That's more than triple the number of ACOs selected in the previous round. As of July 1, the newly anointed networks became responsible for providing better, cheaper care to 1.2 million seniors on Medicare.More

FDA releases final guidance documents on CAD
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Nearly three years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance on how it plans to regulate computer-assisted detection technology, the agency has released the final versions. Initially published in draft form in the Federal Register on Oct. 21, 2009, the two guidance documents apply only to what the FDA categorizes as computer-assisted detection technology. Technology the agency considers to be computer-assisted diagnosis is not included.More

IPAB: The next healthcare reform fight
Health Imaging
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling upholding the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and both supporters and opponents of the law have returned to their respective corners, it's time to look ahead at where the focus of the next round in the ongoing healthcare reform bout will be.More

Federal proposals would limit aggressive hospital collections practices
Health Leaders Media
Lost in the shuffle amid last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision is proposed legislation and a proposed regulation that each seek to address the issue of aggressive hospital debt collection. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced the End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012. The act would amend the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to include medical debt and would set limits on the access that debt collectors can have to hospital patients.More