Jul. 29, 2014

Build a Better Board Meeting
David Myrice, CPA, MBA, will present this concurrent session at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference. Through role-play, learn strategies to effectively hold a board meeting in order to produce meaningful, actionable items paramount for achieving greater focus, execution, brand value and service.

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RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 19-21
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

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Deadline to submit compensation information to DataMAXX has been extended to Aug. 15
Contribute your compensation data by the extended deadline of Aug. 15 and receive complimentary access to basic reporting. By submitting your data, you are helping us create a valid report you can trust and use to compare and benchmark your practice. It's free to submit data and run basic reports.

Become a DataMAXX subscriber and start taking steps toward practice improvement today.

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Radiology Survival: A New Paradigm Shift to Value-Added Services
Join Ricardo Cury, MD, FAHA, FSCCT, at the ACR-RBMA Forum for this session. Discover important principles relevant to radiology practices today and in the near future. Learn to implement strategic and value driven oriented goals to radiologists, administrators and leaders.

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ACR-RBMA Forum: Thriving in the New Value Paradigm
Oct. 17-18
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Wash.

Pass this on to a colleague: Become an RBMA member for a month
For the month of August, RBMA is offering a selection of FREE members-only benefits to interested potential members! Get a sneak peek at the benefits only available to RBMA members!

Your free one month of membership will include:

Sign up by July 31 and become an RBMA member for a month!More

RBMA is looking for speakers for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
RBMA is committed to offering education, networking opportunities and management resources to assist members to effectively manage the business of radiology.

RBMA seeks individuals interested in presenting topics applicable to radiology business marketing. One of RBMA's most successful meetings, Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs, attracts over 125 attendees each year.

The RBMA 2015 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will be held March 15-17, 2015, in New Orleans, La. The deadline to submit your topic and application is Aug. 8.

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RBMA U is seeking to complete its faculty for Radiology 101
A few faculty positions remain open for RBMA's newest educational online learning entity — RBMA U. Radiology 101 is the first series of online educational courses to be released in the fall of 2014. The course is based on RBMA's Common Body of Knowledge and will introduce the basics of radiology business management. It will provide an overview of fundamental management process: planning, organizing, controlling and leading as applied to radiology. It is designed as a survey course for the new manager or for those interested in exploring a business career in radiology.

The following courses still have open faculty positions:


Human Resource Management Operations Management Quality, Compliance & Risk Management Governance Requirements Information Management All positions include an honorarium.

If you are interested in any of the above courses please contact Daphne Gawronski.More

High-deductible health plans and radiology
Much of the growing influence of consumerism and patient satisfaction on the healthcare marketplace can be traced back to the advent of high-deductible health plans. By shifting ever-larger portions of their medical bills onto patients' backs, payors have created a newly selective group of customers. And radiology, with so many high-ticket procedures in its arsenal, has proven especially vulnerable to the change.More

4 keys to better charge capture
Radiology Today
Ever-changing payment rules require hospitals, radiology practices and other imaging facilities to perform more detailed reimbursement analyses to identify where opportunities exist to appropriately maximize reimbursement. It's important that all radiology professionals understand these four key areas of financial concern impacting the reimbursement process for both professional and technical services.More

Merge sets second quarter 2014 earnings call
Merge Healthcare Inc.
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, announced the scheduling of its second quarter 2014 earnings call, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 30.More

Career questions in radiology
Health Imaging
The radiology job market has had its ups and downs over the past 20 years. A surplus of workers in the late 1990s turned into a shortage in the 2000s. Now, a recent survey of practicing radiologists finds that many feel overworked and fear they must delay retirement. These radiologists would prefer to cut their hours worked to the tune of 5 to 14 percent, depending on the individual. More

5 ways to help lead your medical practice through a challenging time
Physicians Practice
By Patrick Watterson, PA-C: Recently, we suffered a multi-part network crash at our practice of four locations, 20 providers, and 180-plus staff that prevented access to our EHR and practice management system. The first few hours were tolerable as these things happen from time to time, but then the magnitude of the problem became larger as more and more vendors had to be involved.More

Medicare Advantage carriers see 'no choice' but to accept cuts
HealthLeaders Media
With Medicare programs taking a $300 billion hit to help fund value-based healthcare reforms under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare Advantage health plans are feeling the pinch. Among the lawmakers in attendance, last week's House Ways and Means healthcare panel hearing on Medicare Advantage featured partisan fireworks over reimbursement rate cuts to the value-based healthcare insurance program.More

Insecure communications costly for hospitals
When a doctor treating a North Carolina nursing home patient asked a nurse to text the resident's lab results, only the two authorized medical professionals saw the message — but the residential facility ended up paying a high price for using this inherently insecure messaging medium. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave the unnamed skilled nursing facility an "e-level deficiency," meaning there was "no actual harm but potential for more than minimal harm." More

Are radiology administrators getting more optimistic?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Are things looking up for radiology administrators? That's the tantalizing suggestion from third-quarter data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index, a forward-looking barometer of administrator confidence. While the numbers aren't definitive, they do hint at a second consecutive quarter of improving sentiment. For the second straight quarter, each of the index's five elements showed growth. More