Jul. 31, 2012

Question of the week
What type(s) of physician extenders does your group employ?
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How does your group handle night reads for the hospital(s) it serves?

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Fall Educational Conference kicks off with humor
Get ready to bust a gut on Monday, Oct. 8, at 9:15 a.m. when keynote speaker Mark Mayfield kicks off the Fall Educational Conference with a humorous presentation on creatively implementing change. During "The Glass Ain't Half Empty, It's Just Too Big," Mayfield will identify the major principles of change theory, list creative means for applying change theory and outline strategies for recruiting your staff to champion change.

Mayfield, a former corporate lobbyist and nightclub performer, is one of America's finest humorists. Content based yet comedy driven, he talks about very serious stuff in a very funny way. From comedy shows to seminars, his philosophy is simple ... say it with humor and people will take the message home.

Register today to attend the Fall Educational Conference!

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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Become a certified radiology coder this year
The RCCB® Coding Exam is the only COMPLETE radiology coding certification offered in the industry. The RCCB certification program seeks out the motivated coder desiring to become an expert in the field. Employers who have certified coders can feel confident that billing claims are submitted with accurate and compliant codes. The result is higher reimbursements faster.

The next test dates for 2012 are Sept. 17-21. Applications must be in the RCCB office no later than Aug. 13. RCCB has made the process to become certified easier by offering computer-based testing at multiple locations nationwide.

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RBMA offers online Radiology Coding Exam Review Course
Prepare for the Radiology Certified Coder exam with the 2012 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course webinar recording taught by coding expert Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC. This course is an extremely intensive review that addresses all areas of radiology coding. Designed for those individuals sitting for the Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) exam, this program offers the basic principles of proper coding for CPT and ICD-9-CM as well as coding for problem situations.

The Radiology Coding Exam Review Course can be viewed in its entirety or in segments on your own time frame and at your convenience!

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Calendar of events
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Merge named in Modern Healthcare's inaugural 'Healthcare's Hottest' program
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced it has been recognized in Modern Healthcare's brand new Healthcare's Hottest award.More

Don't bungle bundled payments
Health Leaders Media
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, a three-year pilot program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, offers a challenge to participating hospitals and health systems: Instead of issuing multiple payments to multiple providers surrounding a single episode of care, accept one payment for a variety of services performed under that care episode. More

Health Affairs: Imaging growth slowed sharply starting in 2006
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The growth of advanced diagnostic imaging in Medicare patients slowed to single-digit rates starting in 2006, a trend that has extended to private payors, according to a study from the August issue of Health Affairs, published online July 25. The study confirms other recent research documenting imaging's slowdown. Whether the slowdown indicates that patients are getting less unnecessary imaging remains unclear. More

ACR backs CDS as Stage 3 meaningful use discussion begins
Imaging Biz
Final Stage 3 meaningful use rules are a long way away — 2014 by most estimates — but initial guidelines are indeed being discussed. According to Michael Peters, the American College of Radiology continues to strongly advocate for appropriateness/criteria-based clinical decision support to be leveraged by referring physicians during order entry. More

mHealth Congress: Some mobile apps unduly burdened by regulation
Health Imaging
Institutions responsible for regulating mobile health (mHealth) products are hustling to keep up with the pace of technological innovation. While mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have cleared new paths to providing healthcare and encouraging wellness, the current regulations guiding the development of mHealth tools can be burdensome and unclear, according to a July 25 panel discussion at the fourth annual mHealth World Congress.More

Healthcare lacks female execs
Fierce Healthcare
Despite the important role women play as healthcare consumers and decision-makers, they appear to be underrepresented in healthcare leadership ranks, according to a new report from RockHealth, which helps digital health startups. Women account for 73 percent of medical and health services managers, but only 4 percent of healthcare organization CEOs and 18 percent of hospital CEOs. 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