Jul. 28, 2015

Dive deep into ICD-10 with Optum360 at the Fall Educational Conference
Even with a comprehensive ICD-10 plan and solid preparation, much could still go wrong after the ICD-10 compliance date. Coding could go slower than expected. Edits may be more abundant than normal. Payors could deny more claims than anticipated. Join Optum360 for Radiology Coding in a Post ICD-10 World at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference. This two hour and 15 minute session will instruct you on how to utilize your data to recognize ICD-10-related problems, identify solutions, and determine when to apply training and/or staffing resources.

Register to attend today!

RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29, 2015
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

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The road to your practice's success is here
Attend the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum with your physician leader, and work together to find the best road to success for your practice.

ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Jan. 15-17, 2016
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Ariz.
Plus earn CME, RBMA, and RLI credits.

Click here for more information.

* Contact Daphne Gawronski for details.More

The 2015 Fall Educational Conference exhibit hall has sold out!
Over 60 companies will be exhibiting at the Fall Educational Conference this September in Austin. Industry vendors will showcase products and services such as billing services and software, coding services and software, financial management, collection services, revenue cycle, business intelligence and much more! Save time and money by attending the RBMA Fall Educational Conference and taking care of all your purchasing needs in one place.

For a list of exhibiting vendors click here. You may also contact a vendor prior to arriving at the conference to set up an appointment, or arrange for a demonstration by clicking on any of the exhibitors listed to view contact information.

RBMA is currently compiling a waitlist for vendors who wish to exhibit should a space become available.More

RBMA U releases another online course
One more course under the Radiology Business 101 program is now available for purchase. In line with the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge, GOV-003 Governance and Management Structures falls under the Governance domain. Taught by Judith Jurin Semo, PLLC, an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in healthcare law, this course will cover various organizational structures and identify the benefits and limitations of each type. It will discuss compliance issues involved, as well as resources to use for advice and guidance.

GOV-003 may be purchased separately or as part of the full Radiology Business 101 program.

Find out more about RBMA U here.More

Last chance! Update your RBMA profile for a chance at a FREE Fall Conference registration in Austin!
You have until this Friday to use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA to track more accurate demographics about your preferences! If you update your account by July 31, you will be entered to win a FREE registration to the Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas, Sept. 27-29, 2015 (valued at $760), or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining on or before July 31, who update their profile online, will also be entered to win. RBMA Corporate Primary members only need to update their personal profile (not company profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be notified by Aug. 7, 2015, via email.

Edit Your Profile now to enter!

Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

Schedule a congressional visit during the August recess
August is right around the corner, which means members of Congress will be back in their congressional districts for constituent meetings.

Since only 30 of the 535 members of Congress have healthcare backgrounds, and since more than 60 percent of Congress is new since 2010, this is a great time to educate members of Congress on the role radiology plays in the delivery of quality healthcare to patients.

Having a member of Congress tour your facility takes just 45 minutes. The investment in time to host a visit is invaluable, as oftentimes the radiologists and business managers of the group will serve as the member of Congress' main resource on any or all healthcare issues.

If interested, contact Ted Burnes with the ACR at tburnes@acr.org. He can provide talking points, logistics and get the ball rolling with the member of Congress' scheduling staff.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Now collecting compensation data
RBMA is now collecting compensation data for administrative, clinical support, non-physician clinical and physician positions! Click here for detailed information about submitting data for your or your clients' practices by Excel® questionnaire, .csv file upload or online data entry through DataMAXX, or paper questionnaire. Submit your data by Friday, Aug. 21.

When the data have been cleaned we will provide an official report (a $500 value) to participants including results as of the survey due date. The report will provide a column to enter your practice's values, calculated in the Excel file, for easy comparison with overall results. Data submitted after the due date will be available for reporting through DataMAXX.

We rely on our members to provide the data used to calculate indicator statistics. Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your practice's compensation data. All data are held in complete confidentiality, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

CMS misses opportunity to provide guidance on CDS implementation
For radiology business leaders familiar with the challenges of working with prior-authorization and radiology benefit managers to control imaging utilization, the inclusion of a clinical decision support direction in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was a relief. However, RBMA members and system developers quickly realized that successful implementation and acceptance of CDS consistent with a Jan. 1, 2017, implementation will require: (1) standardizing and automating the imaging order process and (2) sharing of CDS's required data elements directly between the multiple systems involved.More

Repeat MRI scans due to patient motion mean lost revenue
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Having to retake MRI scans due to patient motion can easily cost a hospital upward of $100,000 in lost annual revenue, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Analyzing a random week of MRI activity, researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle found that patient motion can be costly in terms of repeated sequences, which occurred in approximately 20 percent of MRI exams. More

3 common EHR missteps
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Family physician Saroj Misra is an educator, and thinks that physicians are at the low end of the learning curve when it comes to EHRs. "Despite the fact that we've had EHRs in some form or another for the last 15 to 20 years ... we are surprisingly behind the times in terms of how they work; what they do, and, most importantly from a physician's perspective, how they help in the delivery of healthcare," says Misra. More

Bundled payments may extend to other services, other payors
HealthLeaders Media
The recent move by CMS to require bundling of reimbursement for hip and knee surgeries is just the beginning of its efforts to link provider profits with costs and quality metrics, analysts say. Next year, the agency will launch the Oncology Care Model to incent cancer doctors to reduce hospital and pharmacy costs, in part through better care coordination. More

Seeking radiology in the value aisle: Concede nothing on quality, do more with less
Health Imaging
As a broad concept, good consumer value isn't hard to get a handle on. Varying definitions abound, to be sure, but the phrase is widely understood as shorthand for the best you can get for the least you have to spend without sacrificing too much on quality within a given product or service category. Would that the formula were so easy to apply in healthcare. More

Medicare turns 50 but big challenges await
Kaiser Health News
Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, has come a long way since its creation in 1965, when nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now the program covers 55 million people, providing insurance to one in six Americans. With that in mind, Medicare faces a host of challenges in the decades to come. Here's a look at some of them. More

Be happier at work
Imaging Biz
Finding a happy place at work may seem like mismatch — or if you are lucky, the norm. In healthcare, we strive to keep patients happy. Happy providers make happy patients. But sometimes we need some help in boosting our own happiness. Here's one method that comes from a happy place of sorts, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.More