July 26, 2011

Question of the Week
Does your hospital-based radiology group have a contractual requirement for dictated report turnaround time?

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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: What type of radiologist peer review process does your practice use as part of its quality assurance program?

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Interventional Radiology Coding Course offered as pre-conference seminar
A two-day intensive workshop will be presented as a pre-conference session at the Fall Educational Conference in Las Vegas. Coding experts Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC will focus on CPT/HCPCS code assignment and assist the attendee in understanding core rules, regulations and definitions needed to code Interventional Radiology services confidently. Hands-on coding of difficult cases will be the major focus on the second day. Submit your toughest case to angela.carroccia@rbma.org no later than Sept. 16.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 15-16
Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course is part of the RBMA Coding Academy sponsored by

Click here for more details.

Add to your Fall Educational Conference registration or register for the pre-conference only here.


New track at the Fall Educational Conference
A new track will be introduced at the Fall Educational Conference for hospital-based practices. Presented in partnership with AHRA, the hospital-based track includes the following courses:

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19
Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.

To find out details on the above sessions and more click here.More

What are the odds of being in Las Vegas with your physician?
One hundred to none if you both have registered for the ACR-RBMA Forum! This is a chance for both of you to go home big winners by attending a seminar geared to leaders in a radiology practice. The curriculum offered will assist you and your physicians in creating a synergistic strategy for the future of your practice.

Register today.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16

Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.

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Sponsorships are available for Corporate Members. Click here for details.More

RBMA has 5 online Forums
RBMA members have rated the online Forums as one of the top benefits of membership. Keep the conversation going and rely on fellow colleagues for valuable input and information. The following five forums are available:

All Forums are included in your membership; however, you must subscribe in order to participate. Click here to begin your subscription to the Forum of your choice.More

July/August 2011 RBMA Bulletin available online
Your RBMA membership entitles you to receive a copy of the RBMA Bulletin and view a digital version online.

Click here to access this issueMore

Bring your friends to RBMA
RBMA's Member-Get-A-Member Program is a membership recruitment program that encourages you to invite your friends and colleagues who currently are not involved in RBMA or who have let their membership lapse to become part of a sophisticated, knowledgeable and supportive organization.

Don't keep RBMA a secret! Share and help others tap into a valuable networking, educational, and professional development resource.

Bring in a few members and there is a little something in it for you.

Click here for a list of rules and rewards.More

Look for a job; find an employee — the RBMA Career Center works both ways
RBMA's Career Center is custom tailored for the business of radiology, which means we attract the most qualified professionals. Create an Employer Account and post your radiology business jobs today!

The Career Center also features various positions pertaining to the business of radiology such as a radiology practice manager in Georgia or a compliance administrator in Sacramento. Coast to coast, the RBMA Career Center has it covered.

Find out more here.More

More resources for coders at RBMA
Did you know that RBMA has a dedicated Web page for Coding Resources on the RBMA website? The RBMA Coding Academy and several of our partners have contributed valuable information for coders. You can find the following:

RBMA Coding Academy: Documents for coding ultrasound soft tissue, "buzz" words for duplex imaging, CT pelvis and abdomen grid for 2011 CPT codes, and extremity US grids. The RBMA Coding Academy is sponsored by

Coding Strategies: A dedicated Web portal designed to provide radiology professionals with quick access to the purchasing process for radiology-specific online education.

MedLearn: Access to: the Study Guide for the RCC exam, online RCC exam practice test and online education for RCC continuing education units.

Click here for details.More

Calendar of events
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Porter Hospital selects Merge Healthcare iConnect image interoperablity solution
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Porter Hospital will install the iConnect image interoperability solution suite at its 300-bed facility to simplify image viewing from within their EMR.More

Central Pennsylvania firm earns 5 national awards
Marketing Works
Three campaigns developed for health care clients by trg Marketing Works, a York, Pa.-based advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, succeeded not only in capturing the attention of physician offices and patients in the clients' respective markets, but also struck a chord with the judges of three recent health care marketing competitions.More

Duke University Health System expands relationship with CodeRyte
CodeRyte, Inc., the leading supplier of Natural Language Processing technologies in health care, announced that the Duke University Health System has expanded the scope of its relationship with CodeRyte to broaden the use of computer-assisted coding in multiple areas of the health system.More

Senators to president: Stop imaging cuts
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A group of seven U.S. senators has urged President Barack Obama to reject calls for deeper Medicare cuts for medical imaging services. In a letter to the president, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Sen. Herbert Kohl, D-Wis., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and four colleagues expressed concern over cuts that "are stifling ... medical innovation and leaving seniors and disabled Americans without access to the care they need."More

FDA issues draft guidance on mobile medical apps
Health Imaging & IT
The FDA has released, for comment purposes, draft guidance on mobile medical applications. The 29-page draft contains nonbinding recommendations "to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms," the draft stated.More

Health care cost growth up slightly
Health Leaders Media
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.58 percent over the 12 months ending in May. The slight uptick in cost growth ends what had been 11 consecutive months of deceleration, as measured by the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices.More

Physicians eager to try out ACOs, executive says
Imaging Biz
Most physicians recognize that the U.S. health care system is inefficient and must change. As such, they are eager to give accountable care organizations a try. So says Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator and director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More

Countdown to MIPPA: Unintended consequences?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Face it, folks: In less than six months, all health care providers who bill for the technical component of advanced imaging services must be accredited under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. More than a few facilities are scrambling to get in under the wire.More

Trends to watch for curbing health costs
Kaiser Health News
As President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers scramble for ways to cut federal spending, changes to federal health entitlements have been a key negotiating point. Separately, hospitals, physicians and other health care providers are already moving forward with their own efforts to aggressively test a variety of initiatives to rein in costs.More

Health care mergers and acquisitions on track to shatter records
Imaging Biz
Get ready for a record-breaking year on the health care mergers and acquisitions front. According to the Health Care M&A Report, issued last week by Norwalk, Conn.-based Irving Levin Associates, dollar volume committed to M&A activity in the health care sector during the second quarter of 2011 rose significantly over comparable figures for the first quarter of 2011 (up 44 percent) and the second quarter of 2010 (up 61 percent). More

CHIME weighs in on proposed HIPAA disclosure rules
Health Leaders Media
Proposed federal rules requiring providers and payers to let patients know when anyone accesses their electronic medical records would be difficult to meet and should be scaled back, says a letter filed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. CHIME contends that the rules rely too much on technical capabilities that aren't widely available and fail to acknowledge the amount of human intervention necessary to achieve compliance.More

A parable of a familiar industry
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Once upon a time, there was an industry which provided a highly useful and in-demand set of products and services. Virtually all members of society sooner or later made use of the industry, and most would be repeat customers. The industry steadily grew, increasing both the variety and sophistication of its offerings.More

Is multi-vendor service the right solution for your organization?
Imaging Economics
Imaging professionals and hospital executives are always looking for ways to improve patient care and reduce time spent on non-value-added, non-patient-centered activities. Having to work with multiple vendors to service devices can be time-consuming and ultimately take time away from treating patients. More