Aug. 20, 2013

Question of the week
Does your organization allow employees to access the Internet at work if it is not needed to perform their jobs and, if so, is their Internet use monitored?

Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Is your practice participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

Click here to access the Hot Topics archives.More

Member benefit: Member directory
All RBMA members have access to an online member directory, where you can locate colleagues and their contact information. This useful tool features a dynamic search capability that allows you to search by last name, first name, company, city or state (or any combination of those filters). The online member directory is password protected, so your information is safe and only viewable by other RBMA members.

Encourage your good friends and colleagues to join you at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference in Boston — search for them in our member directory and send them an email!

Only those members who have opted to appear in the directory will be displayed.More

RBMA needs your opinion about online education
RBMA is contemplating offering an online educational program, Radiology 101, targeted to individuals who:

All RBMA members should have received an invitation and a link to participate in a short survey. Please respond by this Friday, Aug. 23, to help us determine if there is a need for such a program, and if the proposed content is relevant to our members' needs.

If you did not receive the link to the survey, please contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org.More

New! Hologic symposium just added to the Fall Educational Conference
Hologic will be sponsoring an RBMA Symposium Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Fall Educational Conference. Join speakers Andy Smith, PhD, and Patrick Waring, MHSA, MBA, FACHE, as they present RBMA Symposium: Evolution of 3D Mammography — Technology Update and Implementation Considerations.

Space is limited! Please RSVP ASAP to jill.hunt@rbma.org if you will be attending.

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

Click here for details.More

Attend a demo of MedLearn's ICD-10 Transition Toolkit at the Fall Educational Conference
Avoid costly delays, crashes and congestion that potentially await physician practices embarking on the ICD-10 transition road by using an all-in-one, do it yourself ICD-10 Transition Toolkit.

MedLearn has partnered with Complete Practice Resources to develop a user friendly, consultant-driven ideal solution for physician practices that want to manage their own implementation of ICD-10, while saving time and money! The Web-based ICD-10 Transition Toolkit is a totally integrated package that will guide you through every stage of the process in less time and with less work than you ever thought possible, and is compatible with any PM/EHR.

MedLearn is offering RBMA members a chance to test drive the product during a 30-minute presentation, and a chance to purchase this new and exciting software at a discounted rate. The demo will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 2:45-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.

To reserve your spot for a demonstration please contact jill.hunt@rma.org with your preferred time.More

The ACR-RBMA Forum is worth your time and money — here's why
This year's program is packed with all new exciting presentations and interactive sessions that will help arm you with the critical business management and leadership skills you need to grow and adapt your practice to today's changing healthcare environment.

The faculty is comprised of a hand-picked selection of leading business management professionals along with our panel of thought-leading radiologists. All are eager to share their expert insights on a host of critical topics:

To maximize your learning experience, several focused roundtable sessions, strategic workshops and engaging panel discussions have been scheduled that will allow for one-on-one discussion with the faculty.

Join course directors Frank Lexa, MD, and Keith Chew, CMPE, and an expert group of faculty members for one and a half days of intense strategizing and learning.

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

MBMS now providing billing and practice management services in Denver
MBMS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreement with one of Denver's preeminent imaging center practices, Advanced Medical Imaging. AMI's board certified and subspecialty fellowship trained radiologists specialize in disciplines such as neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, ultrasound and mammography. AMI currently provides services to four imaging centers in the greater Denver area. Through MBMS's InSourcing, the billing employees of AMI will become part of MBMS, which will save AMI on their overall operational expenses. These employees will now benefit from the advanced technology and industry leading knowledge from one of the most experienced radiology specific revenue cycle management companies in the country.More

Medical imaging: Always innovating
Health Imaging
One of the fascinating aspects of medical imaging is the pace at which innovative technologies are developed and spread. Whether it's an improvement with informatics or a novel addition to imaging hardware, it seems like an intriguing new project is unveiled every week.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

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. More

Survey: Reimbursement, hiring, purchasing taking a hit with health reform
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Reimbursement cuts, hiring freezes and equipment purchasing holds are becoming a reality for many radiology groups under the Affordable Care Act. That's according to a recent survey of Diagnostic Imaging readers in which we sought to get an understanding of just how much the law is already impacting the industry and how much — or how little — radiology professionals understand the reforms. More

New online markets for small businesses may offer some workers greater choices
Kaiser Health News
Workers at small companies rarely get a choice of health plans. That could change for some of them when online health insurance marketplaces for businesses open this fall. The health care overhaul requires every state and the District of Columbia to establish a Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP exchange, to enable businesses with 50 or fewer workers to offer health insurance to their employees. More

1 in 5 health systems to become payors by 2018
HealthLeaders Media
Health systems are increasingly taking on new roles and becoming health insurers. Spurred by healthcare reform, the creation of health insurance exchanges, and a shift to population health, health systems are assessing the opportunities of becoming a payor against the risk of taking that step in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. In a June survey of more than 100 hospitals and health system across the country, 34 percent responded that they already own health plans.More

Keep the profit, reduce taxes, protect assets: Own your own insurance company
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
As medical reimbursements continue to shrink and healthcare reform looms large, a popular question we receive at conferences and in consults with medical practices is, "Would owning part of a small insurance company help my practice become more financially efficient?" If your practice currently generates over $3 million of revenue and you would like to increase profits, reduce taxes, protect assets and add flexibility to practice buy-ins and buy-outs, then this article should be of high interest.More

Survey finds hospitals spending less on PET/CT systems
Imaging Biz
The August Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index revealed a 27 percent drop in the average price paid by surveyed hospitals for PET/CT systems between May and June. For the past 12 months, the average price is down 21 percent. In an accompanying article, Modern Healthcare analyzed the trend and attributed the big drop in the average price to hospitals opting for lower price systems that fit their budgets rather than higher-end models.More

Image sharing using Facebook: Fact or fiction?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Healthcare practitioners can share medical images using a number of mechanisms and methods. Some of these applications have been in use for at least 20 years, some are still being developed, and some might not make sense today but could very well change how we share images in the near future. Some applications might seem far-fetched, particularly regarding image exchange using social media. More