Aug. 5, 2014

Question of the week
For your hospital-based business, does the hospital bill globally for any special programs and, if so, what is the basis for professional component payments to your group?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: How do you think ICD-10 will affect your practice?

Click here to access the Radiology Hot Topics archives.More

RBMA member benefit: RBMA member logo
RBMA values its members, and we are so pleased you have chosen RBMA as a partner in your career. We now offer members the ability to display your membership with pride, either in your office or on your website! Click here to download the 2014 RBMA Member logo and the RBMA Member Brand Guidelines.

RBMA Corporate Partners have a separate logo that can be found here.

You will be required to log in to access this members-only content. If you have questions or concerns regarding the use of the 2014 RBMA Member logo, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

Submit your application for booth space at the Fall Educational Conference
Applications are currently being accepted for booth space from returning 2014 Radiology Summit exhibitors and those companies that were on the Radiology Summit waitlist. Assignments will be made on Monday, Aug. 11.

Plan to attend!

2014 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 19-21
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

Information on exhibiting at the 2014 Fall Educational Conference can be found here.More

Update your profile for a chance to win a free conference registration
RBMA's website features an upgraded Edit Profile area, allowing you to update more information in your member account! If you update your account between now and Sunday, Aug. 31, you will be entered to win a FREE registration to the 2014 Fall Educational Conference in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 19-21, 2014.

Please note: If you updated your profile after completing the 2014 Members Assessment Survey this summer, you are already entered to win.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining in August who update their profile online will also be entered to win. RBMA corporate members only need to update their personal profile (not Company Profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be drawn by Sept. 5 and notified via email.

Edit your profile now to enter! Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.More

Deadline approaching! Attend 2014 Fall Educational Conference at a VERY LOW COST!
Two scholarships remain for the 2014 Fall Educational Conference in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 19-21! The $1,500 scholarships completely cover your conference registration, and the remaining balance is put toward your hotel accommodations and travel expenses!

Applications are now being accepted and are due by Aug. 15.

For more information on criteria or to apply, please visit www.rbma.org/vrad.

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

Don't forget to submit your compensation data to DataMAXX 2.0 by Aug. 15
DataMAXX 2.0 is collecting compensation information for administrative, managerial, front and back office, clinical support, non-physician clinical and physician positions. Find out how much you are worth by contributing your compensation data to access FREE basic reporting.

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

Click here to get started.More

The RBMA Bulletin Buyers Guide, July/August issue, is now available for reading online
The editorial focus of the July/August issue of the RBMA Bulletin is technology. Feature stories include:

As a bonus, the issue also contains the Buyers Guide — a list of industry vendors that offer products and services for radiology practices.

Click here to access the digital edition.More

RBMA mini-Survey: Technical Component Costs
In its proposed rule for the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sought information on technical component (TC) costs for non-physician malpractice premiums and equipment maintenance by modality. RBMA would like to respond to CMS’ request for information and asks for your help.

Please complete the survey if you are employed by an imaging center or IDTF that is paid under the MPFS. The survey does not apply to professional component-only practices or to joint ventures that are paid under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS).

The survey is anonymous, and confidentiality of your response is assured. Only aggregated results will be reported.

Please click here to access the questionnaire. The mini-Survey will be open for participation through Aug. 15.More

Keeping coders proficient in ICD-10
Even though the ICD-10 switchover was delayed yet again, to October of 2015, it is important to keep coders' expertise fresh until the switchover finally occurs.More

5 tips for improving radiology billing and coding
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Here are five tips to help radiologists keep their billing and coding processes on track, so they can receive the payment they are entitled to and concentrate on their passion — radiology.More

IMAGINE Software adds new clients, expands billing specialties
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces robust momentum in the first and second quarters of 2014 with the successful gain of multiple new clients across the country, including sites in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois, as well as increased expansion in multi-specialties.More

Comanche County Memorial Hospital selects Merge Healthcare for enterprise-wide imaging and archiving to improve disaster recovery and operational workflow
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, announced Comanche County Memorial Hospital, a non-profit, acute care facility and the largest hospital in western Oklahoma, has selected Merge's vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and image viewing and sharing solutions for improved disaster recovery and operational workflow.More

Three market leaders come together as one to form a new breed of medical billing companies
Medical Billing Experts, LLC
Aug. 1, 2014, marked the official launch of Medical Billing Experts, LLC (MBX) with the convergence of three well respected market leaders including BOSS Medical Professionals (BOSS), Salt Lake City, Utah; Premier Imaging Financial Services (PIFS) of Columbus, Ohio; and Six Seven Group (67G) of Charlotte, N.C. Together these organizations serviced, and will continue to service, some of the nation's largest radiology group practices, including Charlotte Radiology (Charlotte, N.C.) and Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (Columbus, Ohio).More

Will PACS survive?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
By Michael J. Cannavo: I have been asked time and again if PACS can survive as its own health IT discipline, and I always answer, "Yes, it can." Will it survive, though, is another question entirely, and one that has no easy or clear-cut answer. It's a question that's also on the minds of vendors, end users, IT professionals, and others lately. More

Diving into the business of big data in radiology
Health Imaging
A patient goes in for a CT angiography exam. In addition to any pulmonary embolisms, physicians receive his calcium scores, bone density measurements and cardiac chamber size. The patient’s numbers are then compared against millions of similar patients, and an algorithm is used to determine that he has triple the risk for deep vein thrombosis. Although this perfection of personalized medicine is not yet a true story, big data may soon make it reality. More

Newly insured, many now face learning curve
The New York Times
Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly. The political stakes are high, as support for the healthcare law will hinge at least partly on whether people have good experiences with their new coverage.More

Explain your financial policy upfront to patients
Physicians Practice
By P.J. Cloud-Moulds: For years, physicians' practices have assumed all financial risk when it comes to accepting medical insurance. I've been working on changing this stigma. Unfortunately, I find that patients are just mortified at the thought that they really are 100 percent financially responsible for their visit with the physician.More

5 reasons we can't predict the future of health costs
It is, without a doubt, one of the most important questions for federal budget policy: how quickly will health spending grow? Really fast healthcare spending means more tax dollars going towards Medicare and Medicaid — and less money for everything else. But slow growth, the type the country has seen for the last four years, could hugely alleviate spending pressures.More

CMS confirms ICD-10 deadline
HealthLeaders Media
Oct. 1, 2015, is the deadline for healthcare providers to implement the twice-delayed ICD-10 code set, federal officials confirm. HHS will release the final rule, Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD–10–CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets, in the Federal Register on Aug. 4.More