Aug. 27, 2013

One-stop shopping in Boston
RBMA's packed Fall Educational Conference Exhibit Hall will house more than 70 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.

Register to attend the Fall Educational Conference today!

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

Register to attend the Hologic symposium at the Fall Educational Conference
Hologic will be sponsoring an RBMA Symposium on 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 plan to attend.More

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 Boston.

This is an opportunity for attendees to have lunch with an expert and personally interact with faculty, who will share their knowledge and answer questions in an informal setting. Seating is limited; choose a faculty member from the list below when you register for the conference.

Register to attend!

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

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

2014 CPT codes will be revealed at the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course
The 2014 RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course offers coders one of the earliest opportunities to learn and discuss the new 2014 CPT codes! Give yourself and your practice a head start on preparing for new code implementation and find out what changes are in store for next year.

In addition, coding expert Jeff Majchrzak, along with Zeke Silva, MD, will present two full-day sessions on interventional radiology coding rules, definitions, vascular anatomy and selection and application of catheter placement codes and more. A large amount of time will be spent dissecting real case studies of your most difficult coding cases.

Register to attend before Sept. 13 to take advantage of the special RBMA package deal.

Oct. 17-18
American Airlines Training & Conference Center
Fort Worth, Texas

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RBMA office will be closed Labor Day
The RBMA office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3. RBMA wishes everyone a safe and restful holiday!More

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

Michael W. Ferro Jr. steps down as chairman of Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of Michael W. Ferro Jr. as chairman and a director of the company and appointed Dennis Brown as the company's new chairman, both effective immediately.More

Why controlling healthcare costs is almost impossible
The Washington Post
A few weeks ago, Paul Krugman wrote up a Google poll showing Americans think the deficit is rising. In reality, the deficit has fallen by almost half. "The public has no idea that the deficit has been falling like a stone," he sighed. The same is true on healthcare.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

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?" More

MGMA calls for moratorium on Stage 2 Meaningful Use penalties
Imaging Biz
Providers who purchased an electronic health record system that has not yet been certified for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program are in a fix and it is unfair to penalize them for not meeting Stage 2 requirements says the Medical Group Management Association. MGMA President and CEO Susan Turney explains that there are currently more than 2,200 products and nearly 1,400 "complete EHRs" certified under the 2011 Meaningful Use criteria for eligible providers in the ambulatory setting. More

Global x-ray equipment market reaches $10 billion
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Driven by continued digitization of x-ray systems and increasing healthcare investments in emerging regions, the global market for x-ray equipment reached $10 billion in revenue in 2012 and is expected to increase by 18 percent to reach $12 billion in 2017, according to market research firm IMS Research. General radiography is undergoing a major transition toward digital radiography technology based on flat-panel detectors.More

Reputation management is key for your practice
By Jessica Taylor
Would you go into a medical practice that had bad reviews of the office environment and staff? Whether you're a small or major practice, you live or die by your reputation. Reputation management attempts to bridge the gap between how a company perceives itself and how others view it. But does your practice successfully follow through with this? Here are a few tips to get started.More

Experts: Hazards lurk in medical smartphone apps
The Kansas City Star
Smartphones and tablets are go-to gadgets to count calories, document daily jogs, measure heart rates and record sleep patterns. Some applications now even analyze blood sugar levels, track fertility or monitor moods for signs of depression. Inexpensive and easy to use, mobile medical apps are also booming business: More than 97,000 varieties are available. By 2017, the mobile industry tracker Research2Guidance predicts, the market will grow to $26 billion. More

Bare bones health plans expected to survive health law
Kaiser Health News
Consumer Reports calls it "junk health insurance." A California regulator described them as "skeleton policies." To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they "are a perfect example of why healthcare reform is so crucial." They are bare-bones health plans, and critics say they could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to do away with them. More