Sep. 1, 2015

RBMA member benefit: Call-A-Vendor
Are you in need of a new product or service within your practice and just don’t know where to begin your research? RBMA offers a virtual Call-A-Vendor program that allows you to send an inquiry out to all our subscribed member vendors. If any of them can provide you a service, they will reply to your inquiry with further details and information — it's as simple as that!

Call-A-Vendor now, or visit our Corporate Partner Directory! Corporate members interested in enrolling as a vendor in the Call-A-Vendor program should register here.More

Reserve your hotel room for the Fall Educational Conference by Sept. 8
The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Austin and receive the RBMA special discounted rate of $239 per night is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Please note that if you reserve your room after this date, you will receive a rate between $279-$349 per night, depending on length of stay.

To take advantage of the discount, you must first register for the conference and use a code that is included in your registration confirmation letter.

Register today.

RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

Register Here

Bonus coupon extended! JOIN, ATTEND and SAVE!
All new members who join now and attend the 2015 Fall Educational Conference receive $125 off their registration. This bundle-and-save promotion has been extended to match the conference early bird deadline of Sept. 11! Don't miss out on this fabulous deal!

To take advantage, visit www.rbma.org/membership and follow the instructions to join online and pay your dues! Your welcome letter will include a link to get your coupon code. Once you have your coupon code, visit www.rbma.org/fec to register online for the Fall Educational Conference.

New members who join between July 15 and Sept. 11 and do not wish to attend the Fall Educational Conference are still eligible for a $100 coupon off RBMA products.

If you have any questions about joining RBMA, the dues or your membership type, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

Start the new year with the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Join colleagues and leading management experts for an all-new meeting that will arm you with the hard-hitting strategies you need to better navigate the new business of health care.

Registration is open.

ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Jan. 15-17, 2016
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Ariz.

Register early and SAVE!

DataMAXX — Did you know? Compensation survey deadline is this Friday
The extended deadline to submit your practice's or practice management clients' compensation data is this Friday. To participate, simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA — no need to subscribe to DataMAXX, upload data or run report queries. Or, if you are a DataMAXX subscriber, you can upload your data using a formatted .csv file or enter your data into a Web form in DataMAXX.

When the data have been cleaned, RBMA will provide participants from both practices and MSOs with a free official report that includes results as of the survey due date. Data submitted after the official reporting date will be available for reporting through DataMAXX.

We rely on our members to provide the data used to calculate industry statistics; we can't do it without you! Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your practice's or practice management clients' compensation data. Data are confidential, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Click here or contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Did you know that RBMA hosts a blog on its website?
Take time to visit the "Let's Talk" blog and read pertinent posts for practice managers, billing managers, coders, marketers and vendors. A new blog post appears around the 15th of each month. This is your chance to leave a comment or forward the information to a colleague via social media.

Don't be shy; visit the RBMA blog and "Let's Talk!"More

RBMA Bulletin archives
The RBMA Bulletin contains featured articles on radiology business issues, association news and events, and vendor advertisements promoting industry products and services. RBMA members rank the RBMA Bulletin as one of the most valuable benefits they receive.

RBMA members may now log in to the website and access past issues of the RBMA Bulletin from 2010 to the present here.More

The RBMA Career Center has 10 new jobs
The RBMA Career Center is your best source for radiology business positions available throughout the country. Check out current postings and search for jobs here.More

The RBMA office will be closed Monday, Sept. 7
The RBMA office will honor the working force in America and observe the Labor Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8.More

Preparing for alternative care models
One thing that is certainly true is that change is coming to how practices get paid.More

Imaging center managers deal with an array of change
RBMA executive director Michael Mabry and several RBMA members share their thoughts on the changing imaging center market.More

How to get meaningful results from 'big data'
As Big Data continues to take form in the health care industry, it is becoming increasingly important for practices to know how to use and design Big Data effectively.More

CMS: 'Healthier people, smarter spending' with ACOs
HealthLeaders Media
Medicare Accountable Care Organizations continue to improve care quality and to lower costs, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "Many of these ACOs are demonstrating that they can deliver a higher level of coordinated care that leads to healthier people and smarter spending," said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, MBA.More

Q&A: Value-based care and the radiology-EMR divide
Diagnostic Imaging
The transition to value-based care is expected to be a lofty one for the radiology field. When outlining the struggles, the focus tends to be on how radiology can define value. While defining value is an overwhelming feat, it's not radiology's only challenge in the new payment model. Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Tomer Levy, general manager of workflow infrastructure at McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, about what other challenges radiology can expect to face in the future of health care delivery.More

Yes, you can help prevent health care data breaches
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Cybersecurity attacks have been plaguing a variety of industrial sectors, and health care is no exception. Of the 14 biggest health care data breaches, five occurred in 2015. But there's plenty that facilities can do to reduce their risk, according to a webinar conducted by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.More

Strategies to get the most from payor negotiations
Physicians Practice (registration required)
In the changing landscape of small practice management, payor negotiations definitely deserve the emphasis they are getting as a way to help small practices navigate forthcoming industry changes such as ICD-10 and the shift to outcome-based payment models. Payor negotiations are an opportunity to turn the tables on that feeling that your practice is at the mercy of myriad industry forces. It's not. More

ACA 'premium stabilization' program hits co-ops, small plans
Bloomberg BNA
A provision of the Affordable Care Act that is virtually unknown to consumers is a "premium stabilization" program intended to make it possible for health insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions without getting trapped in a "death spiral" of high costs, escalating premiums and desertions by healthy customers. But, at least for 2014 assessments, a "risk adjustment" program set up under the law appears to be having an unintended consequence.More