Aug. 26, 2014

Are you pricing your services right?
It is projected that patients will pay up to 25 percent of all healthcare dollars that go into providers' pockets by 2015, and are therefore demanding more "pricing"* transparency. Join Bing Herald and Kevin McDermott for their session, Healthcare Pricing Transparency in 2014: Navigate the Emerging Inevitability, and find out about the new consumerism wave that is moving rapidly across healthcare delivery. Sponsored by HealthPro Medical Billing, this session will help attendees understand the state of pricing transparency, the innovative tools available for patients, payors and providers, and the financial impact on an imaging practice.

*Pricing — an estimate of a consumer's complete healthcare cost for a healthcare service or set of services that a) reflects any negotiated discounts, b) is inclusive of all costs to the consumer including hospital, physician and lab fees, and c) identifies the consumer's out-of-pocket costs.

Join RBMA this fall for this valuable session and more!

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2014 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 19-21
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

Last chance to win a free Fall Educational Conference registration
Take a few minutes to update your RBMA profile by Aug. 31 and we will enter your name into a drawing to win a free conference registration ($760 value).

By keeping your profile current, we can keep you up-to-date on RBMA activities and bring you the right information at the right time.

If you updated your profile after completing the 2014 Annual Members Assessment survey this summer, you are already entered to win.

Rules: Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) in order to qualify. Any new members joining in August who update their profile online will also be entered to win. RBMA corporate members only need to update their personal profile (not Company Profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be drawn by Sept. 5 and notified via email.

Edit your profile now to enter! Contact membership@rbma.org if you have any questions or concerns.More

Register now for the sixth annual ACR-RBMA Forum
Learn critical leadership skills needed to grow your practice in today's healthcare environment. Participate in dynamic sessions facilitated by leading business management professionals and radiologists.

"By far one of the most valuable meetings I have
attended. It helped me rethink my management
strategies and improve my practice as a result.”
— ACR-RBMA Forum attendee

Physician and administrator team pricing available.

Register to attend!

Oct. 17-18
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Wash.

vRad Education Scholarships awarded
It gives us great pleasure to announce the two vRad Education Scholarship recipients to attend the 2014 RBMA Fall Educational Conference , Oct. 19-21 in Seattle, Wash.:

Michelle R. Juette, CPC, RCC
Yakima Valley Radiology
Yakima, Wash.

Dianna L. Black
Lakes Region Radiology PA
Laconia, N.H.

Through a partnership with Virtual Radiologic (vRad), RBMA offers six $1,500 education scholarships per year.

"Our partnership with RBMA, a leader in educating radiology business professionals on industry advances, allows us to lend our expertise and direct resources toward supporting radiology group practices," said George Morgan, president and chief executive officer of vRad. "This collaboration increases access to education, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to improve practice resilience."

Virtual Radiologic (vRad) is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. vRad's more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700-plus facilities, reading 7 million studies annually. For more information, visit www.vrad.com.More

RBMA office will be closed Labor Day
The RBMA office will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 2. RBMA wishes everyone a safe and restful holiday!More

Integrated clinical image viewing and sharing
A Merge White Paper: Clinical image viewing and sharing are pivotal technology components and workflows for healthcare enterprises that are looking to thrive in a new era of value-based purchasing, bundled payments and accountable care organizations.More

Meeting Meaningful Use — 10 tips
A Merge White Paper: 10 tips from Merge clients to help you through the Stage 1 attestation process.More

Leveraging billing data to find opportunities for improvement
Radiology practice managers know business intelligence is increasingly vital to their business' survival in a leaner, more competitive healthcare market, but how do you derive analytics from billing data and then utilize them to improve operations?More

AMGA survey: Radiologist compensation has increased
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiologist compensation rose over the three-year period from 2011 to 2014, including an increase from 2013 to 2014, according to a survey conducted by the American Medical Group Association. For noninterventional radiologists, median compensation in 2014 was $476,013, an increase of 5 percent from the $453,216 reported for 2013, according to the survey. More

ICD-10: What to do now to prepare your staff and your technology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems codes, more popularly known as ICD-10, may not be taking effect for another year, but medical imaging providers should be careful not to take the delay as a license to put off preparing for the new codes.More

PACS pain: Long hours at digital workstations leads to repetitive strain injury
Health Imaging
Working longer hours at a breast-imaging PACS workstation is increasing repetitive strain injury among radiologists, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "Digital imaging saves time and costs and improves efficiency, but with increasing case volumes and longer workstation hours, radiologists may develop painful RSI symptoms that limit productivity," wrote Atalie C. Thompson, MD, MPH.More

The rise of high deductible health plans
Imaging Biz
The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis recently announced that healthcare spending costs rose 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, which was the largest quarterly increase in more than 30 years. The continued rise in healthcare spending costs has a direct effect on the entire United States population, but most directly effects consumers via overall higher healthcare costs including higher insurance premiums. More

What it really means when your doctor says he doesn't take insurance
Reuters via Time
Some doctors really mean it when they say they do not take health insurance. For others, it is more of a nuanced statement. Consumers trying to decipher the difference have to ask a lot of questions to figure out how to manage their bills. Here are the three key scenarios facing consumers.More