Aug. 28, 2012

Question of the week
Does one or more of the Professional Services Agreements (PSAs) between your group and its hospital(s) include specific quality measures your practice must meet?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Did your partner radiologists' W-2 compensation change in 2011 compared with 2010 and, if so, by approximately what percentage?

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Register for the 2012 Fall Educational Conference by Sept. 4 to receive the discounted rate
The deadline to register for the Fall Educational Conference at the discounted rate is Sept. 4. After Sept. 4, the rate increases by 10 percent and will increase by more than 20 percent if you wait to register onsite.

Don't delay! Take advantage of this limited time offer!

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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One-stop shopping in Arizona
RBMA's sold-out Fall Educational Conference Exhibit Hall will house more than 50 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 today!

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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Submit your application by Friday for a chance to attend the 2012 Fall Educational Conference FREE
This Friday, Aug. 31, is the last day to submit your application for a vRad Education Scholarship. Thanks to a generous donation from , RBMA members who have not attended a conference in the last five years will have the chance to attend a conference or meeting of their choice for free. vRad will provide a $1,500 scholarship that will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting.

Don't delay. Apply today!

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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 Chandler, Ariz.

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.

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New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

Oct. 5-7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Why should you travel to Arizona this fall?
Click here for a video that will explain why you should travel to Arizona for the ACR-RBMA Forum and the Fall Educational Conference.

Register for the ACR-RBMA Forum here.

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Interventional Radiology Coding Course special promotion for staff of RBMA members
Any non-member coding staff or Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) of an RBMA Member who registers to attend the Interventional Radiology Coding Course from now until Sept. 14 can save $100 off of the non-member registration rate.

Investing in your coders is investing in your business. The results are better reimbursements faster. Encourage your staff to take advantage of this promotion and attend the only live presentation of the Interventional Radiology Coding Course this year.

Taught by coding experts Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC, this two-day course will focus on core rules, regulations and definitions needed to code Interventional Radiology (IR) services confidently. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to a hands-on exercise in coding difficult IR cases by the attendees.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 6-7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

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RBMA eSeries: Engaging Your Referral Network
Expanding business within a practice is often dependent upon obtaining referrals from physicians as well as satisfied patients. How do you make sure you are getting the referrals you need to maintain visibility within your community? Join Stephanie Boreale for a one-and-a-half hour webinar, "Engaging Your Referral Network," to find out how to successfully communicate with referring physicians, implement methods to maintain those business relationships and ensure your practice is the one at the top of the referral list.

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Calendar of events
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CPU Medical Management Systems, Inc. and eBridge, Inc. partner to offer combined practice management and document imaging solution
CPU Medical Management Systems, Inc.
CPU Medical Management Systems, a MED3OOO company and leading healthcare, medical and professional billing software solutions provider, announced a vendor partnership agreement with eBridge, Inc. to offer a combined practice management and document imaging solution. eBridge, Inc. is a leading web-based document management innovator providing imaging, storage, and retrieval services for businesses nationwide.More

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland selects iConnect® Access and Share for enterprise image viewing and sharing
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland has selected Merge Healthcare's iConnect® Access and iConnect®Share solutions to provide real-time access to images and information among its network of providers and referring physicians.More

HHS finalizes ICD-10 deadline delay
Health Leaders Media
The Department of Health and Human Services is making it official. It will delay for one year the implementation of ICD-10 code sets that classify medical diagnoses and procedures. The final rule delays ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2014, from Oct. 1, 2013.More

CMS releases final rule for stage 2 meaningful use
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final rule for stage 2 meaningful use, which now includes the viewing of medical images as a menu item in the U.S. government's healthcare IT stimulus program. The final rule was published in the Aug. 23 edition of the Federal Register. It follows up on the proposed stage 2 rule released by CMS in February, which contrary to expectations included provisions for medical imaging. More

CBO lowers healthcare spending estimates
Health Imaging
The Congressional Budget Office has lowered its healthcare spending estimates for 2013 to 2022. An Aug. 22 report projects Medicaid and Medicare spending will be $494 billion less than a March estimate had predicted. The June 28 Supreme Court decision to make the Medicaid expansion provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable voluntary rather than mandatory played the biggest factor in the downward revisions. More

When will the radiology job market rebound?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
From Patrick Moore: When will the radiology job market rebound? This is perhaps the most discussed question from radiologists today with our company, Smart Physician Recruiting. Having spent 12 years in radiology recruitment I've seen the glory days of 15 jobs open per applicant. Today, the market is very soft for candidates, particularly in certain major metro areas. More

Hospitals look to become insurers, as well as providers of care
Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post
Michael Dowling, a burly Ireland native running one of New York's largest hospital networks, is preparing to turn his business model on its head: He wants to keep his hospital beds empty, rather than full. That's because the North Shore-LIJ Health System, with 16 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient centers in Long Island and New York City, is laying the groundwork to be an insurer, as well as a provider of healthcare.More

The beauty of benchmarking
Imaging Economics
Benchmarking is a critical step when developing best practices for an imaging facility. Without knowing your facility's optimal output, reimbursements and turnaround time, it becomes difficult to develop workflow and business strategies to achieve those goals. Medical Management Professionals Inc. recently undertook its 11th annual study aimed at collecting and analyzing these benchmarks for its clients.More