Aug. 23, 2011

Question of the Week
Approximately what percentage of your radiology coders hold the following certifications?

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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Do you receive additional payment or financial support from your hospital for any of the following services?

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One-stop shopping in Las Vegas
RBMA's full Fall Educational Conference Exhibit Hall will house more than 60 industry vendors under one roof, from billing companies to paperless statement vendors and everything in between! Prepare your shopping list and browse the Exhibit Hall. Save time and money by attending the RBMA Fall Educational Conference and taking care of all your purchasing needs in one place.

For a list of exhibiting vendors click here. Save even more time by contacting a vendor prior to arriving at the conference. Set up an appointment or arrange for a demonstration. Vendor contact information can be found in the RBMA online Corporate Partner Directory.

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Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Have lunch with an industry expert
Share your thoughts and a meal with one of radiology's top executives during the ACR-RBMA Forum in Las Vegas.

Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE; Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA; Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR; Barbara Rubel, MBA; and Douglas G. Smith, FRBMA, will be available to personally interact with attendees, share their knowledge and answer questions in an informal setting. Seating is limited and available on a first–come, first–served basis. To reserve a seat at one of the lunch tables, please select it on the meeting registration form.

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

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Save the date for 2012 RBMA Coding Academy programs
The RBMA Radiology Coding Mechanics Course will be held Jan. 25, 2012, followed by the Radiology Coding Exam Review Course on Jan. 26, 2012.

Any individual who is directly responsible for or involved in the coding of imaging procedures or submitting claims for reimbursement should plan to attend the RBMA Radiology Coding Mechanics Course. Learn the new radiology codes and updated coding instructions for 2012 and identify compliance and reimbursement regulations.

Coders who are looking to enhance and advance their career are encouraged to sit for the RCCB Radiology Certified Coder exam and attend the Radiology Coding Exam Review Course — the only live study session offered this year.

Both courses will be held at the:

Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
2001 Valley View Lane
Irving, Texas 75061

RBMA has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at a special rate of $129 per night, single or double occupancy. The special group rate will be offered until Jan. 3, 2012, based on availability. Call the hotel directly to make your reservation.

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Submit application by Friday for chance to attend 2011 Fall Educational Conference FREE

This Friday, Aug. 26, is the last day to submit your application for a vRad Education Scholarship. Thanks to a generous donation from , RBMA members who have never attended a conference before will have the chance to attend a conference or meeting of their choice for free. vRad will provide six $1,500 scholarships that will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. The first scholarships will be awarded for attendance at the 2011 Fall Educational Conference.

Don't delay. Apply today!

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eSeries: Accurate Coding of Nuclear Medicine Procedures — FREE for RBMA members
Join nationally recognized nuclear medicine coding expert Denise A. Merlino, MBA, CNMT, FSNMTS, CPC, for a webinar outlining the basic principles of nuclear medicine coding, choosing the appropriate code, and understanding the various acronyms and combinations important for nuclear medicine procedures.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 1-2 p.m. ET

This webinar is generously sponsored and hosted by Advance for Imaging and Radiation Oncology and jointly produced by RBMA and AHRA.

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Upon registration, you will receive confirmation and instructions to join from Advance.More

Calendar of events
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Midwest Physicians Services turns to Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announced that Midwest Physicians Services, LLC, a physician practice management company based in St. Paul, Minn., has selected the company as the outsourced billing provider for its radiology clients.More

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System selects CodeRyte
CodeRyte, Inc.
CodeRyte, Inc., the leading supplier of Natural Language Processing technologies in health care, announced that the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has selected CodeRyte to provide computer-assisted coding throughout its enterprise of hospitals and associated facilities.More

Cuts in health care may undermine role in labor market
The New York Times
Even during months of stubborn unemployment, the health care industry has provided a solid underpinning, reliably adding jobs in an otherwise dismal environment. For example, hospitals, nursing homes and the like added about 430,000 jobs during the recession, as the country shed 7.5 million jobs. With the latest government reports showing a meager overall gain of 117,000 jobs in July, health care remained a significant contributor with an additional 31,000 jobs for the month.More

Radiologists face uncertain future amid health care changes
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The future of radiology may be bright — there is that big crowd of aging baby boomers just waiting to be imaged, after all — but the future for radiologists is uncertain, according to a presentation at the recent AHRA meeting in Grapevine, Texas. There are at least eight trends that are negatively affecting the practice of radiology, said presenter Dr. Lawrence Muroff, CEO and president of Imaging Consultants in Tampa, Fla.More

Radiology field donated $113,150 to super committee members in 2010
Imaging Biz
With tremendous political power concentrated in the 12 members of the Congressional "super committee" tasked with cutting as much as $1.5 billion from the federal budget, having an established political relationship with super committee members may be one of the few ways interest groups have to influence the outcome of the committee's budget cut recommendations.More

Radiology's prestige problem (and solutions)
Health Imaging & IT
Radiology consistently ranks as a middle to low prestige medical specialty, which could deter some medical students from selecting the specialty, according to a commentary published in the August issue of Radiology. With the prestige issue likely exacerbating other challenges faced by the profession, the authors outlined the reasons behind radiology's relative lack of prestige and solutions for combatting it.More

Too much of a good thing?
Imaging Economics
For radiologists, the invention of the CT scanner was a good thing. A very good thing, indeed. With the advent of the CT in the 1970s, clinicians could detect cancers earlier and could avoid performing unnecessary surgeries on patients. As CT technologies have gotten better and better, radiologists can see so much more than ever before. But CT scanners have brought with them their own unique challenges. More

Time to increase value-added services
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The radiology business world has been full of articles about threats to our financial well-being. Amongst them, articles have talked about Accountable Care Organizations and several articles recently talked about effects of bundling of codes. In some cases, these articles have implied or even stated that there could be pressure on radiologists to limit their review of clinical information, reduce time in communication or attention to detail.More

10 ACO blunders you can avoid
Health Leaders Media
According to the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2011, more than half (52 percent) of physicians surveyed said they expect to be part of an ACO within the next five years. That survey, however, was completed months before the proposed rules were released in April. With upfront costs reportedly running in the millions of dollars and uncertainty about how much control anyone will have over their patient population, it's no wonder that ACO participation is still a big question mark.More

Health insurers seek delay of new consumer-friendly coverage forms
Kaiser Health News
Shopping for health insurance next year will be easier when hundreds of health insurers and employers use the same simple forms unveiled by the Obama administration, consumer advocates and government officials say. But the new materials, required by the 2010 health law, are still a work in progress. The public will have 60 days to comment on any changes that may be needed in the 132 pages of rules for the forms, federal health and labor officials said. More