Aug. 30, 2011

Does your staff trust you?
Today, more and more managers have less and less control over people and less and less time to tell them what to do. Instead, leaders need the full cooperation and trust of peers and employees to accomplish goals and execute strategic objectives.

Find out how to create a trusting environment that results in loyalty and increased productivity of your staff by attending the leadership pre-conference session L.E.A.D. With Trust — Achieving High Performance With Influence in Challenging Times*, presented by Wally Hauck, Ph.D., Certified Speaking Professional, at the:

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Sunday, Oct. 16

1-5 p.m.
Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

*Separate fee required

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A full day of pre-conference sessions offered at ACR-RBMA Forum
Find out where radiology is heading and new models during a full day of focused pre-conference sessions. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, the day includes sessions such as How Health Reform and Other Drivers Will Affect Practice Models; What Emerging Practice Models Are on the Horizon?; ACOs; National Radiology Practices, Mergers, and Affiliations; Relationships Between Hospitals and Radiology Groups; and What is the Role of the Business Operation in Alternative Practice Models?

Register today.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

Click here for details.

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Interventional Radiology Coding Course special promotion for staff of RBMA members
Any non-member coding staff or Radiology Certified Coder of an RBMA member who registers to attend the Interventional Radiology Coding Course between Sept. 1-16 can save $100 off the non-member registration rate. All you need to do is check the promotion box on the online registration form and insert the RBMA member's membership number!

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 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. 15-16

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course is part of the RBMA Coding Academy and sponsored by

Click here to register at the promotional rate.More

Learn how to monitor your CT dose levels
The ACR Dose Index Registry webinars are back by popular demand! At this free webinar, you'll learn how the ACR Dose Index Registry can provide benchmarks and comparisons of your facility's CT dose indices to similar facilities in your geographical area and nationwide.

This registry allows you to:

Attend a free webinar and learn about how the Dose Index Registry can improve your facility's quality and safety:

Sept. 22
1-2:30 p.m. EDT
Register now

For more information, please contact Laura Coombs at 703.715.4383 or nrdr@acr.org.More

RCCB® Online Practice Exam
Planning to take the RCCB Exam? RBMA and MedLearn have developed the RCCB Online Practice Exam. It's the most realistic simulation of the actual exam, mirroring the content, difficulty and format.

Click here for details.More

RBMA office will be closed Sept. 5
The RBMA office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Have a pleasant holiday.More

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

Merge Healthcare selected by prominent East Coast practices to achieve meaningful use
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the addition of Reston Radiology Consultants (Va.), Washington Radiology Associates (Va.), Shady Grove Radiological Consultants (Md.) and Advanced Diagnostic Radiology (Md.) to its growing base of clients utilizing Merge RIS.More

Imaging centers: Where have all the patients gone?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
We've all heard the cost of health care is increasing. Employers are moving more of the costs to employees in their employee benefits packages to help mitigate those costs. And with unemployment reaching 9.2 percent in June, compared to the 4.5 percent rate of 2006, fewer patients are insured and subsequently covered for the same imaging studies they were covered for in 2006.More

What the final ACO rules will look like
Fierce Healthcare
The industry is waiting for the final accountable care organization rules to be issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. What will the final rules look like? Only time will tell, but industry experts predict the CMS draft rules that were rejected by some of the leading health care systems will have to drastically change before making their final debut.More

CMS introduces bundled payment initiative
Imaging Biz
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a new plan offering bundled payments to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers. As set forth in the Affordable Care Act, bundled payments comprise remuneration for a given patient's entire episode of care, rather than for individual components of care. More

MMP survey shows 37 percent of reimbursements from Medicare
Imaging Economics
The results of this year's Medical Management Professionals, Inc.'s annual physician survey are in and it shows that hospital-based radiology practices are receiving their highest amount (37 percent) of reimbursements from Medicare. Though not overwhelming, the next highest, BCBS, accounted for only 17 percent. Overall MMP found that the payor mix was split among nine different sources from the government to private insurance to even self pay.More

Where GOP presidential hopefuls stand on health care
Kaiser Health News
The declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have already been campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. They've held several debates and competed in the Iowa straw poll. But they're still developing their platform positions and honing their stump speeches. KHN has assembled this chart to show where five of the candidates currently stand on major health care issues. More

TJC calls for restraint in diagnostic radiation
Health Leaders Media
Healthcare organizations must be more judicious in the use of CT imaging and other technologies that use harmful radiation for diagnoses, the Joint Commission said in a sentinel alert. "Diagnostic imaging is a necessary medical tool, but it must be used with great care," Commission president Mark R. Chassin, M.D., said in a statement.More

Open-source PACS software offers viable alternative
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
If in-house IT support is available, open-source PACS software and virtual computing technology may offer a reasonable option for digital image management for some institutions, according to researchers from the University of Patras in Rion, Greece. A research team found that open-source image management could be reliable and well-received by end users when deployed in support of a digital subtraction angiography unit.More

AR: Value-based reimbursement can fuel innovation, improve outcomes
Health Imaging & IT
Two decades of experts calling for value in Medicare reimbursement has gone largely unheeded. However, transitioning toward value-based reimbursement for imaging could optimize innovation and reward advances that deliver improved health and economic outcomes, according to an article published in the September issue of Academic Radiology. The rationale for considering a value-based model includes a number of variables. More