Jul. 17, 2012

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New 'one night only' registration offered at the RBMA Fall Educational Conference
RBMA is offering interested individuals a chance to experience the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. by offering a limited registration for one night only. The Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall One Night Only registration is available to members for $75 and non-members for $125. This is an opportunity for those in the radiology profession to meet with industry vendors and celebrate the start of the Fall Educational Conference with colleagues and friends.

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

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Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: Establishing Internal Processes & Roles
Many in healthcare erroneously believe that the move to ICD-10-CM involves only the coding and IT functions. To the contrary, ICD-10 will affect multiple areas of radiology providers' operations, which translates to an enormous amount of preparatory work that must be completed before the compliance deadline. Make sure your facility is not caught off guard. This MedLearn webcast seminar, second in a series, Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: Establishing Internal Processes & Roles will be presented July 19. There is still time to register!

RBMA members receive a 10 percent discount off the registration fee!

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Participate in RBMA's annual members' assessment
As an association, RBMA strives to provide members with resources that meet their business needs and enhance their professional growth. Once a year, we reach out to our members and ask them how we are doing. With your feedback we can measure members' satisfaction with our services, identify opportunities for additional member benefits and learn about the business environment members may face in the future. Completing the evaluation is easy and will take approximately 15 minutes.

Members who complete the evaluation will be entered into a drawing to win a free RBMA conference registration! The deadline for completion is July 31.

If you have not received your invitation and would like to participate in the Annual Members' Assessment, please email cynthia.vervena@rbma.org to request a survey link.More

Calendar of events
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Merge announces release of new imaging solution for orthopedics
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced the release of Merge OrthoPACS™, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics.More

MBMS now providing services in Western New York
MBMS recently began providing services to two radiology practices in Buffalo, N.Y. In total, the practices provide services to three hospitals and 12 imaging centers in the downtown area. MBMS's New York specific client service team will be working closely with both practices in order to provide them with expert revenue cycle management and practice management services.More

CMS proposes paying non-docs who order portable X-rays, too
Although the proposed 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule includes cuts to imaging and radiation therapy services, it does expand one aspect of imaging: some non-physician providers might now get paid for ordering portable X-rays. Medicare regulations established in the late 1960s require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to only reimburse portable X-rays — X-rays taken in someone's home, hospice or group living situation using a mobile system — ordered by a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathy.More

MICI: Rad administrators bearish on Medicare payment rates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology administrators are confident that in the coming months their facilities will grow and operating and staff costs will remain constant. But they're not as confident about Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional imaging, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. When asked about their expectations for the period of July to September 2012, survey participants expressed "very low confidence" that Medicare reimbursement will be sufficient.More

Clarity and confidence
Imaging Economics
Clinical benefits, added diagnostic assurance, and patient requests for the technology are keeping CAD for mammography in demand. The primary benefit of computer-aided detection for breast imaging, according to Matthew Gromet, JD, MD, section chief of breast imaging at Charlotte Radiology, is its ability to assist the radiologist in avoiding oversight of a significant lesion. He mentions, for example, a subtle abnormality that a radiologist may overlook. More

The healthcare tax/penalty panacea
Diagnostic Imaging (blog)
Just in case you’ve been blissfully (or willfully) ignorant of the latest developments on the national healthcare front, the Supreme Court recently ruled that a centerpiece of ACA/Obamacare — the individual mandate that all citizens buy health insurance — is constitutional. This aspect of the law was (and is) troubling to a lot of people, as it threatens to establish a new legal precedent that the government can tell you what goods and services you must buy.More

Recovery auditor prepayment review demo still pending
Health Leaders Media
Though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website lists the start date as "Summer of 2012," the delayed launch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recovery Auditor prepayment review demonstration has had no official announcement yet. With temperature records being broken by the hundreds, there's no question that summer is in full swing. So where is the launch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recovery Auditor prepayment review demonstration?More

GE's Immelt: Employers poised to transform healthcare market
Imaging Biz
Faced with a massive, vague healthcare law, a stalled economy, and spiraling healthcare costs, GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt signaled the readiness of employers to begin to bring their muscle to bear on the healthcare market, even to the point of eventually bypassing insurers. Immelt brought a dual perspective and a keen interest in the sector to a keynote address at an awards dinner during the inaugural Radiology Leadership Institute course in Evanston, Ill. More