Aug. 13, 2013

Help us spread the word
We know from our membership assessment survey that RBMA membership meets members' needs and does a good job covering key business issues. We are looking for volunteers who want to help spread the word by sharing a testimonial that will appear on our website and other promotional material.

We are asking for your help because a testimonial is the greatest compliment we can receive. When people tell colleagues about RBMA, it's extremely powerful. The reason it is so powerful is because it is coming from someone whose opinions they trust.

To provide a testimonial, simply click here to answer a few questions about your RBMA membership and upload a photograph of yourself. Thanks in advance for helping RBMA promote the benefits of membership to your future colleagues!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact RBMA membership manager Jessica Struve at jessica.struve@rbma.org or 703.621.3359.More

How well do you know ICD-10?
Come to the RBMA Fall Educational Conference and play ICD-10 Jeopardy! hosted by Jennifer Bash, RHIA, CPC, CIRCC, RCC, and Debby Crow, CPC, RCC, ROCC. Contestants will be divided into teams and will compete head to head until an ICD-10 Jeopardy champion is declared! The session will begin with a brief overview of ICD-10 principles, followed by some friendly competition. Show off your skills, and maybe learn a few new things, at this exciting and interactive session.

Don't delay, register to attend today!

RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 8-11
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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DataMAXX to be demo'd at the Fall Educational Conference
DataMAXX — RBMA's innovative new members only practice analytic solution that takes benchmarking to new levels through the combination of your practice's information and state-of-the art technology — will be holding live demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall at the Fall Educational Conference. Stop by booth #325 to discover how DataMAXX can increase your practice's performance.More

Two attendees may register as a team for the ACR-RBMA Forum and save!
Attend the ACR-RBMA Forum as a team and save over $300 in registration fees. The registration deadline for the meeting is Aug. 30. After Aug. 30, the price will increase by $100 for onsite registration.

Register to attend today!

ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for
Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

Sept. 7-8
Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, Mass.

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There is still time to register for the Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Register to attend the Interventional Radiology Coding Course by Sept. 13 to take advantage of a cost efficient and convenient meeting package.

In addition to your conference registration fee, your special package price includes:

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 17-18
American Airlines Training & Conference Center
Fort Worth, Texas

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

Merge reports second quarter financial results
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced its financial and business results for the second quarter of 2013. Merge also announced that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of Jeffery A. Surges as chief executive officer and director of the company and appointed Justin C. Dearborn as the company's new CEO.More

Infinx Services launches a full suite of Radiology RCM solutions
Infinx Services
Infinx Services, a California-based company, has recently launched a complete suite of IT-enabled RCM solutions for its radiology clients after serving standalone process management and IT enablement solutions to large radiology groups across the United States over a decade. With this core value proposition, Infinx now offers one stop solutions for its radiology clients with its cross functional range of solutions from Patient Centric to Billing, Analytics and AR management.More

The health spending mystery
The Washington Post
In today's contentious political climate, when hardly anyone agrees on anything, here's a rare subject of consensus: Health spending is slowing, and almost everyone thinks that's a good thing.More

Is your workplace social media savvy?
Think that social media in the workplace is a fad? Well, think again. And check out a YouTube video that makes the case that social media is pervasive and here to stay. More

How to create a strategic marketing plan to drive growth
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
As the landscape of medical imaging changes and the future looks uncertain, there is at least one piece of the puzzle that radiology facilities can and should control: strategic marketing. More

The 2014 MPFS and HOPPS: Projected impact on radiology
Imaging Biz
The proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules have both been released, and the outlook for radiology is dim, according to Cynthia Moran, assistant executive director for government relations and economics at the ACR. "The only good news — if you can call it that — is that CMS no longer appears to be targeting only radiology," Moran says. More

Should fee-for-service reimbursement be eliminated?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Most physicians don't support a shift away from the fee-for-service model. They aren't fans of bundled payments, and don't want to take steps to add incentives in the system. That's according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association survey. This is the same survey that found that physicians think others in the industry — trial lawyers, insurance companies, hospitals, device manufacturers and patients — bear a greater burden for lowering healthcare costs. More

A vision for the future of healthcare
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Everyone has his own opinion of the future of healthcare. Whether it's politically or financially motivated, some believe we're headed for a bureaucratic morass, while others believe healthcare in America can be fixed with the Affordable Care Act. I have my own opinion and solution to one of the biggest challenges of healthcare — cost. The following is but one vision for the future of healthcare.More

Physicians' Medicare pay data may be next to be made public
Health Leaders Media
CMS is asking for public input on whether physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. Now that Medicare payment data for individual physicians is no longer sealed from public view, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants help building appropriate policies that balance transparency and access to the data with privacy protections.More

Will health information exchange become Medicare payment criterion?
Information Week
The use of interoperable electronic health record systems to share information could eventually become part of reimbursement criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a new position paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.More

In states that don't expand Medicaid, some uninsured may still get help
Kaiser Health News
Some of the millions of poor people expected to lose out on Obamacare coverage next year because their states are not expanding Medicaid might have a way to get help, but the strategy carries risk. Experts say the key is for them to project their 2014 income to at least the federal poverty level, about $11,500 per person or $23,500 for a family of four. That would entitle them to federal subsidies that would cover nearly all the cost of private coverage sold on new online insurance marketplaces set up by the federal health law. More