Aug. 7, 2012

RBMA rates!
According to our recent Annual Members' Assessment survey, more than 80 percent of our members rate RBMA as the best source of data, best professional education, best government advocacy and best networking as compared with other industry associations.

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Are payors impacting patient care with pricing transparency?
There has been a rise in efforts by insurers, radiology benefit management companies, etc., to inform patients of the price they are likely to pay for imaging services. Some actively direct or incentivize patients to use lower-cost providers based on nothing other than price, while others permit the patient to choose based on price and other criteria. Yet little is known about how effective these efforts are in managing costs or their impact on quality and patient care. Listen to panel experts Mark Bernardy, MD, FACR; Keith Chew, CMPE; Kevin McDermott, MHSA; Laurie Paidosh and Liz Quam discuss the latest trends in payors' attempts to control the cost of diagnostic imaging during their session, "The Emerging Trends in Payor Pricing and Patient Notification Strategies," at the RBMA 2012 Fall Educational Conference.

Register to attend this session and more!

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

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Attend the Fall Educational Conference FREE
Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with RBMA to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

Through the partnership, vRad will provide three $1,500 scholarships to RBMA members who have not attended an RBMA conference in the past five years. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for 2012 programs. Submit your application by Aug. 31 to be considered for the 2012 ACR-RBMA Forum and RBMA Fall Educational Conference.

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Make your hotel reservations through the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort only
After you submit your registration for the ACR-RBMA Forum or RBMA Fall Educational Conference, you will receive a confirmation with a special code to use when making a room reservation at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. The only official way to reserve your room is to contact the hotel directly and make your reservation.

It has come to our attention that Exhibitor Housing Services has been soliciting several exhibitors indicating that they are the official housing vendor for RBMA.

Please note that this company or any other third-party offers you may have received are NOT affiliated with RBMA at all. Booking rooms through companies such as Exhibition Housing Services could result in false reservations and unnecessary financial commitments.

Any questions can be directed to Angela Carroccia at angela.carroccia@rbma.org.More

The deadline to register for the RCCB® Coding Exam is Aug. 13
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 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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Annual Members' Assessment Survey winner announced
And the winner is ...

Congratulations to Cathrine Keller of Lake Medical Imaging in Florida, the winner of our FREE RBMA conference registration raffle. Cathrine, along with a record breaking 383 of our members, completed the 2012 Annual Members' Assessment and in doing so, enabled RBMA to evaluate and continue to improve its service to you! It is only through feedback that we can grow as an organization. Thank you for taking time out of your schedules to complete the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.More

The July/August RBMA Bulletin is now available online
Now you can read the most current issue of the RBMA Bulletin in any setting or environment!

  1. Read the printed copy that will arrive in your mailbox — anywhere, anytime, at your leisure. No electricity or WiFi required!
  2. On the Web, click on the Bulletin cover graphic to download a complete pdf version of this issue of the RBMA Bulletin. (Only recommended for those with a high-speed Internet connection.)
  3. Enjoy the online version by clicking on each story listed. Each story will appear on a Web page.
  4. View the magazine in its new digital format that includes photos, images and links to key authors and advertisers.
  5. Download the new digital RBMA Bulletin to your PC/Mac for offline reading.
Click here to access the July/August RBMA Bulletin online.More

Whoa, baby! Managing pregnancy in the workforce
We've all been hearing a lot about Yahoo's Marissa Mayer lately — and not just because, at 37 years old, she is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Instead, much of the buzz is related to the revelation that she is expecting her first child this fall and her intent to work throughout her few weeks of maternity leave.More

Tip: Use the HIPAA Audit Protocol as an internal checklist for privacy, security and breach notification rule compliance
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act requires the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to provide periodic audits to ensure that covered entities (e.g., healthcare providers) and business associates (third parties who perform services on behalf of covered entities, such as billing companies) are complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.More

Attention, employers: Is your company in compliance with the Affordable Care Act? Are you prepared for future compliance deadlines?
When the U.S. Supreme Court recently held the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, the Court also upheld all of the other employer and group health plan provisions in the Act.More

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

IMAGINE Software reveals IMAGINEappliance 2.0
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announces the latest version of its hands-free billing system that brings automation to any billing activity, the IMAGINEappliance 2.0.More

CPU Medical Management Systems, Inc. successfully launches new version of its practice management software
CPU Medical Management Systems, Inc.
CPU Medical Management Systems, Inc., a leading healthcare, medical and professional billing software solutions provider, announces the successful launch of the latest version of its MED/FM software.More

Imaging rates scrutinized; conclusions mixed
Health Leaders Media
Older Medicare beneficiaries with a diagnosis of stage IV cancer receive expensive advanced imaging tests at steadily increasing rates, despite limited proof of benefit. That's according to a study in the Journal of the American Cancer Society by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the University of Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program.More

ASTRO survey reveals potential impact of proposed MPFS cuts for radiation oncology
Imaging Biz
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its proposed 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, members of the radiation oncology community discovered that they would face for cuts representing a 15 percent reduction in overall payment. According to the American Society for Radiation Oncology, this would represent a nearly $300 million loss for cancer care services.More

US officials brace for huge task of operating health exchanges
The New York Times
Obama administration officials are getting ready to set up and operate new health insurance markets in about half the states, where local officials appear unwilling or unable to do so. The markets, known as exchanges, are a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, and running them will be a herculean task that federal officials never expected to perform. More

Harris survey: US patients don't want EMRs
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
U.S. adults are concerned and skeptical about converting from paper to electronic medical records, according to a May 2012 survey by market research firm Harris Interactive for Xerox. Only 26 percent of the 2,147 adults who participated in Xerox's third annual electronic health records online survey said they want electronic medical records. In addition, only 40 percent said they believe digital records will deliver better, more efficient care.More

Tele-ICU may not be cost-efficient at $123,000 per bed in the first year
Health Imaging
The cost of telemedicine intensive care unit program implementation is substantial, and the impact of these programs on hospital costs or profits is unclear, according to a study in the July issue of the CHEST Journal. Thus, the study authors cautioned administrators to "carefully weigh the clinical and economic aspects of tele-ICU programs when considering investment in this technology."More

What to consider, what to avoid before signing service contract
Imaging Economics
If a pen runs out of ink, it's fairly easy to grab another. If a watch stops ticking, the time can usually be ascertained close by. If a CT machine goes down, there typically is no backup. In fact, with much of the equipment in radiology, if a device fails, workflow and patient care can be negatively impacted. So it is important that service and maintenance for these devices be fast, efficient, and — ideally — preventive. More