Aug. 4, 2015

RBMA member benefit: New Missouri chapter
RBMA is pleased to announce a new chapter has been added to our growing chapter program! The Missouri Chapter, serving the great "Show-Me" state, is now active and anxious to provide meaningful education and networking opportunities to its members!

Visit www.rbma.org/missouri for more information.

Participating with a local chapter is a big value-add to your RBMA membership. Chapters hold their own meetings in addition to national RBMA in an effort to reach out and connect radiology professionals in the same geographic vicinity. Chapter meetings focus on local radiology business concerns.

Visit our website for a list of current RBMA chapters to find a chapter in your area.

If a chapter does not exist in your area, you may want to consider starting a chapter. If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact Jessica Struve, RBMA membership manager, at 703.621.3359 or email jessica.struve@rbma.org.More

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, R-Texas, to speak at the Fall Educational Conference
Join Congressman Michael Burgess (retired OBGYN) when he presents What's Next for Health Care: A View From Capitol Hill at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference. He will discuss what health care issues Congress will tackle next now that the SGR has been permanently repealed. As a member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, the congressman is credited with being the instrumental driver behind the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) bill and will discuss what happened "behind the scenes" in order to get the SGR across the finish line.

Register to attend today!

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

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The deadline to submit your call for value case study extended to Friday, Aug. 14
Consistent with RBMA's motto of "Progress Through Sharing," the Radiology Integration Models Task Force is seeking case studies, either completed or in process, on how radiology practices are adding value to the health care enterprise.

All case studies will be displayed during a roundtable session entitled Value Innovation Lab on Monday, Sept. 28, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., during the 2015 RBMA Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas.

Members whose case studies are selected by the judging committee for their relevance and noteworthiness will be invited to present during the Value Innovation Lab. Each presenter will receive a $100 gift card. There will be time allocated at the end of the roundtable for networking and interacting with applicants.

For more information and details on how to participate, visit the Call for Value page on our website.More

Final vRad Education Scholarships awarded for 2015
It gives us great pleasure to announce the three vRad Education Scholarship recipients selected to attend the 2015 RBMA Fall Educational Conference, Sept. 27-29, in Austin, Texas:

Hazel C. Hacker, MHA, FAHRA – Edison Imaging Associates, PA – Edison, N.J.
Tina Humbertson – Prescott Valley Medical Imaging – Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Michelle L. Wynn – Pennyrile Radiology – Hopkinsville, Ky.

Through a partnership with Virtual Radiologic (vRad), RBMA offers six $1,500 education scholarships per year. "Our partnership with RBMA, a leader in educating radiology business professionals on industry advances, allows us to lend our expertise and direct resources toward supporting radiology group practices," said George Morgan, president and chief executive officer of vRad. "This collaboration increases access to education, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to improve practice resilience."

Virtual Radiologic (vRad) is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. vRad's more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700-plus facilities, reading 7 million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

Conference Concierge program assists new members and first-time attendees to RBMA conferences
A Conference Concierge (CC) is a veteran conference attendee who is matched with a new member or first time conference attendee to assist with conference questions, networking, session selection, or any other questions one might have about an RBMA conference.

Through the program, created by the RBMA Membership Committee, Conference Concierges will be matched up with new members or first-time attendees who have requested a CC prior to the RBMA conference (both the Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference). The pairing will meet in person at the New Member Reception, held on the opening day of the conference, prior to the Grand Opening festivities.

To volunteer as a Conference Concierge for the 2015 Fall Educational Conference or to request to be paired with a concierge, please select the appropriate options in the "Special Programs" section when registering. If you've already registered and did not include those options as part of your registration or if you are an exhibitor representative, please email us at membership@rbma.org to be included in the program.

All veteran conference attendees, including exhibitors, are encouraged to volunteer as a concierge.More

RBMA members SAVE on the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Join with colleagues and leading management experts for this all-new meeting that will arm you with the hard-hitting strategies you need to better navigate the new business of health care. Harness new and effective strategies for driving practice growth, and learn to capitalize on the health care changes happening right now. Jan. 15–17, 2016 | Phoenix, Ariz. Register early and SAVE!

Click here for more information.More

The RBMA Bulletin July/August issue is available online
The editorial focus of the July/August issue of the RBMA Bulletin is technology and includes the annual industry buyers guide. Feature stories include:

Click here to access the online options.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Excel® Compensation file calculates your indicator values
The newest and easiest way to submit compensation data, the Excel questionnaire file includes a tab that calculates your practice's average values by position for annual salary/wages, benefits cost, bonus and other compensation, total cash compensation, and total compensation. The survey also collects data on annual days of leave earned by type of leave and position classification. You will be able to compare your values with statistics calculated for all respondents in the official report. Your values also will be provided automatically in reports you run through a DataMAXX practice subscription.

RBMA is accepting 2014 compensation data from practices and management services organizations through Aug. 21. Click here for details and files.

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

Invite a member of Congress to your practice in August
August is here, 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care 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

How to accomplish more every day
Although the issue of physician burnout tends to make headlines, all types of health care jobs have stress related to workload and the current rapid pace of industry change. Radiology managers are certainly not immune from these trends.More

Retirement plan fiduciary responsibilities: The Supreme Court decision, proposed rulings, and the basics
Explaining retirement planning basics and new legislation has confirmed the duties of the plan fiduciaries to monitor and remove imprudent investments, and the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule in April of this year regarding guidelines for retirement advice.More

ImagineSoftware adds medical software company CPU
ImagineSoftware, a leading provider of health care billing software, announced that cloud-based medical and professional billing software solutions provider, CPU Medical Management Systems joins the Imagine team.More

CMS forecasts 'modest' growth in health care spending
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The U.S. will see a "modest" increase in health care spending through 2024, but the projected 5.8 percent annual rate of growth is much lower than the rapid pace seen prior to 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Increased health care expenditures will be driven by economic growth following the recession, rising insurance premiums, and higher cost-sharing in employer-sponsored health insurance plans.More

Assessing the Affordable Care Act
Health Imaging
Talk to one person and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be described as the most significant improvement to U.S. health care in decades. Talk to another and you may hear about how it's a disaster for the country. Since the ACA was passed in 2010, straight talk on the law has been hard to come by. Predictions about the ACA's ability to save or destroy the U.S. have been based more often on politics than honest statistics.More

Wanted, resolution: Closing the CDS communications gap
Imaging Biz
January 1, 2017, is likely to be a red-letter day for radiology. As of this date, physicians ordering advanced diagnostic imaging exams (CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET) for Medicare beneficiaries must, in compliance with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, consult government-approved, evidence-based appropriate use criteria through a clinical decision support system. More

WEDI makes 4 ICD-10 recommendations to HHS
Healthcare IT News
With the calendar counting down toward Oct. 1, the Workgroup for Data Interchange circulated its latest readiness survey results, and, though the findings were positive among large health systems, some concern remains. The upshot: 90 percent of hospitals, 75 percent of health plans have begun or completed external testing, and 75 percent of IT vendors have fully completed product development. More

Six new EHR training tips
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Staff training is a critical component of successful implementation of an EHR. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recommends the following strategies and resources to help your staff hit the ground running. More