Aug. 16, 2011

Expert panel to discuss Decision Support Systems at Fall Educational Conference
Join Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle and Cheryl Proval as they present Decision Support Systems: A Computerized Approach to Imaging Utilization Management at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference.

Find out how health care providers, technology companies and diagnostic imaging organizations are using health care decision-support systems to drive the appropriate use of diagnostic imaging through the application of real-time, evidence-based IT support at the point of care.

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 18
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Aria Resort & Casino
City Center, Las Vegas

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The ACR-RBMA Forum is worth your time, money — here's why
The faculty chairs had this to say about the third annual ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology:

"Diagnostic imaging in America is under attack. These crises are unprecedented. Radiologists and practice administrators need cutting edge information in order to succeed."
— Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA

"We are in a time of almost unprecedented change for the industry. As we move toward Accountable Care in some form or another, Radiology (leaders) must find the means through which they can provide input and feedback for the most appropriate level and type of imaging even if the service is provided outside their realm of care. All of this will require strong leadership teams of Physician/Administrator dyads. It is through meetings such as the ACR-RBMA Forum that individuals are capable of gaining the knowledge necessary to bring this about."
— Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE

Join Dr. Lexa, Mr. Chew and an expert group of faculty members for two days of intense strategizing and learning.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16
Aria Resort & Casino
City Center, Las Vegas

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Connect with colleagues before attending Fall Educational Conference
Networking at conferences is one of the top most enjoyed RBMA membership benefits. Now, through social networking, conference attendees can reveal their participation and connect with colleagues prior to arriving in Las Vegas.

Visit our Facebook page and "like" us to start the Fall Educational Conference buzz. Let others know you will be there and encourage them to do the same. Arrange for meeting or dinner appointments; find out what key sessions they are attending or if they are available for a cup of coffee at the RBMA Cafe.

In addition, all registrants are encouraged to participate in the Conference Virtual Community. Carry on the conversation in a private forum. After your registration application has been submitted and processed, your Conference Virtual Community subscription will automatically be initiated* and you will begin receiving correspondence via email. To initiate a conversation, email conference@rbma.org. Remember, the entire community will receive your message.

*If you wish to opt out of this service please indicate your preference on the registration form.

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Find out about radiology business news for your state
RBMA chapters keep members informed of radiology business events at the state level. The following states have active chapters: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, NorthEast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington.

If a chapter does not exist in your state, consider starting one. The following states have a large number of members and the most potential for a chapter: Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia.

Click here for more information on existing chapters, or email membership@rbma.org if you would like more information on how to start a chapter in your state.More

Calendar of events
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Coast signs second contract renewal with Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services announces that Coast Radiology Imaging & Intervention, Inc., located in Mission Viejo, Calif., has renewed its billing services contract with the company for three years. The leading West Coast group has been a client of Zotec Partners since 2007 and renewed its last contract with the company in 2008.More

MMP announces annual radiology survey results
Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Medical Management Professionals, Inc., recently conducted its 10th annual physician survey to obtain beneficial radiology industry data for practice payor mix percentages, procedure statistics, work RVUs and retirement/benefits plans from hospital-based radiology practices. Since 2001, MMP has been extracting relevant client data from its internal database in an effort to survey its clients and provide them with a state-of-the-industry snapshot.More

Intelerad IntelePACS selected to boost medical imaging, outreach programs
Intelerad via BusinessWire
Intelerad Medical Systems is pleased to announce that Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics of Kansas City, Mo., has selected IntelePACS for its interpretation, remote reading and results distribution workflow.More

'Inappropriate' Medicare payments creating government waste
Imaging Biz
About 40 percent of last year's "government waste" was comprised of inappropriate payments made through the Medicare program, reveals a report by the Government Accountability Office. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicate that of the $516 billion remitted to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals in 2010, $48 billion in improper payments came from Medicare. More

New payment models promote undertreatment, malpractice risks
Fierce Healthcare
New coordinated care models, like accountable care organizations, are being touted as ways to eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures and improve care. While these new arrangements may reduce costs, they also may increase malpractice risks for doctors, according to Medpage Today. These new payment models are putting pressure on doctors to undertreat patients, note authors Lee J. Johnson and Dr. Frank J. Weinstock. More

HHS unveils proposed HIX rules
Health Leaders Media
Federal health officials have released three proposed rules governing state-based insurance exchanges and premium tax credits, and Medicaid eligibility, for which an estimated 20 million people will be eligible. Officials also announced awards of $185 million to 13 states and the District of Columbia to help them build these insurance marketplace options.More

What health reform means for radiologists
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The health care system as you've known it will look drastically different within the next few years, and the radiology industry is set to change with it. If you want to stay afloat and have a competitive practice, you must know which parts of the health reform legislation will affect you and how to handle them. That's the message from Robert Still, M.D., practice manager for Lancaster Radiology Associates Ltd. in Auburn, Pa. More

Incidental findings can lead to malpractice suits
Imaging Economics
Radiologists inevitably worry about missing something, but an equally vexing part of the job is seeing too much. Looking for one thing and finding another — the so-called "incidentaloma" — has long been a familiar conundrum that only gets worse as technology gets better. "The more we can see," said Leonard Berlin, M.D., FACR, "the more we find." More

Rise in CT use linked to drop in hospital admissions
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The use of CT in emergency departments has risen sharply in the past decade, and it's not hard to find opposition to the kinds of growth numbers that some find alarming. But there has been little opposition to an ongoing drop in hospital admissions, and now a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine has linked the two trends.More

Radiology business isn't just reading pictures
Health Imaging & IT
The hospital represents more than 80 percent of revenue for many radiology practices, yet breakups between practices and hospitals have become increasingly common, said Patricia Kroken, principal at Healthcare Resource Providers in Albuquerque, N.M., during an education session at the annual meeting of AHRA on Aug. 14. These breakups may signify the proverbial canary in the coal mine.More

Finding the humor in radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Radiology, as with most of health care, can be a pretty grim environment. People are sick, suffering, and/or dying, there's endless pressure to increase one's quantity and quality of work, and it can seem like there's no room for comedy in the mix. However, with a little determination and creativity, one can find a few ways to keep on smiling.More