Jul. 30, 2013

What should you know before you consider a practice merger?
Changes in technology, payment and the general healthcare environment have caused a growing number of radiology groups to consider the options for increasing their size and scope through practice mergers. Learn what radiology groups should consider when evaluating a potential merger when Gregory Q. Hill, JD, and Paul Pitts, JD, present Operational and Legal Aspects of Radiology Practice Mergers at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference.

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RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 8-11
Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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Corporate partners: Fall Educational Conference booth rates increase this Friday
In order to reserve a booth at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference in Boston at the discounted rate, we must receive your booth application by close of business this Friday, Aug. 2.

Save a few bucks for your company and return with a few good leads!

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ACR-RBMA Forum to address current issues impacting radiology
Get a virtual 360-degree review — developed by some of the profession's foremost radiologists and management personnel — of the issues currently impacting radiology. You will get access to the most up-to-date processes being implemented and learn how to address the changes and pressures that are affecting imaging and healthcare right now.

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

Sept. 7-8
Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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Learn how you can obtain valuable data for your practice
DataMAXX is RBMA's innovative new members-only practice analytic solution that takes benchmarking to new levels through the combination of your practice's information and state-of-the art technology and user-defined query protocols.

To see how it works and how it can benefit your practice, please register today to attend a free online demo!

DataMAXX — RBMA's New Financial Performance
Benchmarking Resource for Members

Aug. 5
2 p.m. EDT

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Calling all satisfied members
We know from the RBMA 2012 Annual Members' Assessment that almost 80 percent of our members agree or strongly agree that their RBMA membership meets their needs and that over 90 percent agree or strongly agree that RBMA does a good job covering key business issues.

We are asking for volunteers willing to share testimonials of their positive membership experiences. These testimonials will be used on the new RBMA website in addition to online and print promotional pieces.

To provide a testimonial, simply click here to answer a few questions about your RBMA membership and upload a photograph of yourself.

Thanks in advance for helping RBMA promote the benefits of membership to your future colleagues!

If you have any questions about this process, or if for some reason you are dissatisfied with your membership, please contact RBMA membership manager Jessica Struve at jessica.struve@rbma.org or 703.621.3359.More

Calendar of events
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Zotec Partners to acquire Medical Management Professionals, Inc. for $200 million
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, LLC, an industry leader in physicians' revenue cycle services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a medical billing and practice management company, and a subsidiary of the publicly traded CBIZ, Inc. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, with an anticipated close on or before Sept. 1.More

Merge sets second quarter 2013 earnings call
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced the scheduling of its second quarter 2013 earnings call, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 9.More

Advanced Radiology Solutions experiences continual growth with RamSoft PowerServer Tele Plus
A RamSoft customer since 2008, Advanced Radiology Solution in Toms River, N.J., has experienced continual growth since implementing their first PowerServer solution five years ago.More

What do I need to know about HL7?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
During the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.More

8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10. More

2014 Medicare rates slash CT, MR payments
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
One of the nuggets found in the recently proposed 2014 Medicare payment rates for hospitals is a change that would slash reimbursement for the technical component of CT and MRI scans by as much as 38 percent and 19 percent, respectively.More

AHRA: Flawed fee schedules create 'race to the bottom'
Health Imaging
Changing fee schedules have been chipping away at radiology payments on multiple fronts, creating a triple threat that looks to continue to reduce charges in the coming years, according to a presentation from Ezequiel Silva III, MD, of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, delivered at the annual meeting of AHRA. More

Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen. "Perfect" payment arrangements are possible if you follow these four easy steps: information gathering, preparation, negotiation and documentation. Let's look at each step in a little more detail.More

Trends and issues in JVs between health systems and imaging center companies
Imaging Biz
Consistent with the observed trends affecting our national healthcare market, the diagnostic-imaging industry has been acutely affected by the forces of consolidation. The number of transactions involving diagnostic-imaging centers has grown consistently over the past five years. Most recently, transactions involving the formation of joint-venture arrangements between health systems and large companies operating multiple freestanding imaging centers have become popular. More

White House touts slow increase in healthcare costs
USA Today
Personal healthcare costs rose in the 12 months ending in May at the slowest rate in the last 50 years, as spending on hospital and nursing home services declined, the White House announced. Personal consumption spending rose 1.1 percent, Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said. Hospital readmissions rates dropped from an average of 19 percent to 17.9 percent for Medicare patients since the passage of the 2010 healthcare law.More

Should docs be more responsible for curbing health costs?
Diagnostic Imaging
Physicians are pointing to others in the healthcare industry to bear a greater burden for lowering healthcare costs, according to a new survey. In fact, physicians weren't keen on changes in payment models that aim to contain costs. Though they report having some responsibility for curbing costs, here's who they reported as having "major responsibility."More