Jul. 24, 2012

What do you think about RBMA?
Seriously, we want to know. 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 design resources that address concerns and needs you may be facing in the future.

Completing the Annual Members Assessment 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 already participated, please email cynthia.vervena@rbma.org to obtain the link to the survey.More

Build your team at the ACR-RBMA Forum, Leadership Pre-Con and Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
Make the most of your team-building, leadership weekend by registering to attend the ACR-RBMA Forum with your physician and stay on for the pre-conference session, "Leadership and Team Simulation — Climbing Mount Everest." Continue your team-building exercise by joining RBMA Fall Educational Conference attendees for the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall, Sunday evening, Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be available.

ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business
and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

Oct. 5–7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

Click here for more information on the ACR-RBMA Forum and here for information on the Fall Educational Conference.More

Climb Mount Everest before the RBMA Fall Educational Conference
At times, being a leader and dealing with group dynamics can be like climbing Mount Everest. Join Joseph P. White, MBA, CPA, and Neeraj Chepuri, MD, for a half-day pre-conference session that will engage students in role playing one of five roles on an expedition team of hikers attempting to summit the mountain. Individuals must learn to strategize, analyze and communicate within their team to ultimately climb through five camps over six simulated days and successfully reach the top. This exercise will teach teams how to deal with group dynamics and expose the challenges and negative consequences that can occur if they fail to communicate and analyze as a team.

Managers are encouraged to attend with their physicians, forming a team that will test and reinforce how to best lead a practice from the top. Special team pricing is available.

Leadership and Team Simulation — Climbing Mount Everest*
RBMA 2012 Fall Educational Conference

Oct. 7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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*Separate fee requiredMore

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 (IR) 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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RBMA Compliance Training Series certificates are good for one year
A low-cost approach to satisfy federal requirements for annual employee training.

Radiology practices and all covered entities whose employees work with patients' Protected Health Information are required by law to provide each staff member with one hour of annual training. Now, RBMA has an easy solution for training and documenting the training of your employees. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow your staff to obtain the necessary training at a convenient time, without interruption of normal workflow or the expense of holding an all employee training session. Certificates of completion are valid for one year from the date of passing.

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Calendar of events
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Merge sets second quarter 2012 earnings call
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced the scheduling of its second quarter 2012 earnings call, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 1.More

Konica Minolta Medical South Africa signs on to distribute RamSoft in South Africa
RamSoft, a developer of industry-leading RIS, PACS and Teleradiology Services, announced that Konica Minolta Medical South Africa, a subsidiary of the Bidvest Group of companies, has signed on to distribute RamSoft's radiology workflow solutions in South Africa.More

MITA calls proposed radiation oncology cuts 'wildly and unexpectedly large'
Imaging Biz
The executive director of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance decried "humongous hits" to radiation oncology last week, a sentiment that echoes earlier statements from the president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. MITA's Gail Rodriguez called the 15 percent radiation oncology payment reductions "wildly and unexpectedly large," and agreed with ASTRO president Michael L. Steinberg that industry associations should work to reduce the decreases in a final rule. More

Hospitals, Blues plan battle over radiology billing
Hospitals and the North Carolina Blues are in a battle over billing for radiology, reported the Raleigh News and Observer. The dispute centers on what is known as the "technical component" of MRIs or ultrasounds, where multiple images are taken. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is contending that hospitals and other providers are charging fees that average $1,746 for each image, causing billing to mount, the newspaper reported.More

CMS takes feedback to modify PET agent review process
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Agreeing to a request from five medical imaging organizations, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has begun taking public comment on a proposal to streamline the process by which PET imaging agents are reviewed and approved for reimbursement. In a March 30 letter, the organizations stated that "recent advances in imaging and CMS' past experience with PET coverage no longer support a clinical rationale for a pre-emptive national noncoverage policy for new PET radiopharmaceutical agents that undergo rigorous (FDA) review and approval."More

Comparative analytics helps benchmark performance
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
With all the changes healthcare is experiencing — even without bringing the Affordable Care Act into the picture — there is a fact on which we can all agree: Practicing medicine has become more and more challenging. Beyond adhering to new standards stemming from healthcare reform, the costs and risks associated with the business of medicine are being impacted by the decreasing reimbursement rates.More

Hospitals reaping financial benefits of telehealth
Health Leaders Media
While telehealth launched more than 40 years ago to address care for geographically isolated patients, its growth has been slow but steady. However, in the past 10 years, the growth of high-speed communication networks and the push to lower healthcare costs have made telehealth an idea that's time has finally come, and in many instances is now getting reimbursed.More

Chinese imaging market to top $2.5 billion by 2016
Health Imaging
The Chinese government's large investment in bridging the gap in healthcare quality between rural and urban hospitals will be the largest driver of growth in the Chinese diagnostic imaging market, according to Millennium Research Group. Domestic competitors will maintain a strong presence, particularly in lower-end x-ray and ultrasound systems, while consumer preference for known brand names will support sales by multinational manufacturers.More