Aug. 2, 2011

Learn how to ride the waves of change at the Fall Educational Conference
Keynote speaker Bruce Christopher, Ph.D., will teach you how to survive changes in corporate reorganizations, down-sizing, mergers and technological advances when he opens the Fall Educational Conference with Innovate or Stagnate. Learn how to become a SURF-RIDER, and ride the waves of change instead of being overwhelmed by them. Discover how to embrace the opportunities of change and yell, "Surf’s up!"

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Monday, Oct. 17
8:45-9:45 a.m.
Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas. Nev.

This session is sponsored by


Corporate partners: A few booths available for Fall Educational Conference
The Fall Educational Conference might be your last chance this year to connect with RBMA members and turn your prospects into sales!

The Fall Educational Conference will attract decision-makers from across the country who did not attend the Radiology Summit. A fresh audience plus additional new members and first time attendees will allow exhibitors an opportunity to expand their potential client base!

Click here for information on exhibiting.

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


What is the future of radiology?
Health care reform, new practice models, ACOs and meaningful use are all current radiology buzz words. What do they mean, and how will they affect your practice? Find out by attending the third annual joint ACR-RBMA meeting!

Register today.

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

Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.

Click here for details. Thank you to our sponsors:


Last day to apply for next RCC exam is Aug. 15
The next test dates for 2011 are Sept. 19-23. Applications must be in the RCCB office no later than Aug. 15. RCCB has made the process to become certified easier by offering computer-based testing at multiple locations nationwide.

Don't delay! Step up and stand out by making a clear commitment to your career goals!

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Save the date for 2012 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar
RBMA will once again host Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs along with the announcement of the 2012 Quest Awards. Mark your calendar and plan to attend:

March 18-20, 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

RBMA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $159 per night, single or double occupancy. The special rate is offered based on availability until Feb. 24, 2012.

Make sure to include Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs in your 2012 budget!

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Calendar of events
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Chicago's top children's hospital selects Merge Healthcare iConnect
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Children s Memorial Hospital, the Chicagoland region's top provider of pediatric specialty care, will install its iConnect software suite (VNA, Access and Share) at its 270-bed facility.More

Zotec Partners software obtains Meaningful Use certification
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announces that its Electronic Billing Center RIS software version 6.7 has been tested and certified for Ambulatory Meaningful Use by the Certified HIT Product List under the EHR Module product classification.More

COO of PSC Info Group named to Pitney Bowes customer advisory board
PSC Info Group
Edward Horowitz, chief operating officer of Valley Forge, Pa.-based PSC Info Group, has been named to the Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies Customer Advisory Board. The board is composed of select Pitney Bowes customers in the company's Document Messaging Technologies business group, which provides customer communications solutions for high-volume mail and digital output customers.More

University of Wisconsin expands relationship with CodeRyte
CodeRyte, Inc., the leading supplier of Natural Language Processing technologies in healthcare, announced that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will incorporate DataScout into its suite of CodeRyte products and leverage it as part of its participation in a Medicare demonstration project aimed at reducing inappropriate imaging scans.More

Global diagnostic imaging market to reach $26.6 billion by 2016
Imaging Biz
Fueled by the increasing size of the aged population and widening applications stemming from continuous developments, the global diagnostic imaging market is expected to grow from $20.7 billion in 2010 to $26.6 billion by 2016, indicates a research report issued by research firm MarketsandMarkets. More

MGMA: Proposed HIPAA disclosures rule 'unworkable'
Health Leaders Media
Just days before the close of the comment period on the proposed "accounting of disclosures" HIPAA privacy rule, providers are cranking up the volume to get the rule changed or thrown out and rewritten from scratch. "This proposed rule is just too onerous," says Robert Tennant, senior policy adviser for the Medical Group Management Association, whose members include practices with 275,000 physicians in the U.S. More

Why one practice is exploring the Meaningful Use EHR program, Part 1
Diagnostic Imaging (blog) (registration required)
Dr. Richard Woodcock's practice is exploring how radiologists may benefit from the Electronic Health Record incentive program. Their interest is sparked by the fact that for all physicians, CMS will pay cash incentives to eligible health care professionals who make "meaningful use" of certified EHRs. Those who are eligible for the program but don't meet the requirements for meaningful use will find CMS payments reduced starting in 2015.More

CMS expands MRI coverage for patients with pacemakers
Imaging Economics
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently expanded Medicare coverage of MRI for beneficiaries with implanted pacemakers when used according to FDA-approved labeling in an MRI environment. A final National Coverage Determination provides access to the MRI environment for patients with FDA-approved pacemakers. More

Better business intelligence: Enhanced CPT code analysis
Imaging Biz
Historically, radiology practices have looked at CPT code volume as a measure of work. As Greg Thomson, CPA, executive vice president of Medical Management Professionals, Inc., in Atlanta explains, "It is the widget we have used to measure the work performed by our physician clients, and also a measure of the work performed in the billing office." More

Nation's health care bill to nearly double by 2020
Kaiser Health News
The federal health law, which will expand coverage to 30 million currently uninsured Americans, will have little effect on the nation's rising health spending in the next decade, a government report said. The report by the Medicare Office of the Actuary estimated that health spending will grow by an average of 5.8 percent a year through 2020, compared to 5.7 percent without the health overhaul. More

IOM to FDA: Scrap 510(k), start fresh
Health Imaging & IT
The Institute of Medicine recommended the FDA scrap its 35-year-old 510(k) medical device clearance process and start anew, according to the findings of a new evaluation, which chided the process as "flawed, based on its legislative foundation." Despite a growing number of FDA efforts at reforming the 510(k) process in past months, the committee claimed continuing to invest in it is not "a wise use of the FDA's resources," but refused to make specific reform recommendations.More

Interactive pen displays accelerate patient registration
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
When a medium-sized imaging center decided to achieve a paperless clinical work environment when replacing its aging RIS, it expanded this goal to include patient interaction as well. One year later, this decision has paid off handsomely. The patients of Valley Regional Imaging in Fayetteville, N.C., won't find ballpoint pens and paper forms at this facility. Instead, they'll be invited to an interactive pen display cubicle. More

Switching to digital mammography? Expect higher recall rates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Recall and cancer detection rates increase for at least two years after a facility transitions from analog to digital screening mammography, according to a new study published online in Radiology. However, the researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis also found that positive predictive value after biopsy decreases, particularly in women with microcalcifications.More