Sep. 2, 2014

Question of the week
What is a typical patient no-show rate in your imaging center or IDTF?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Does one or more of the hospitals to which you provide imaging services pay your practice for the services of a medical director or department chair?

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Deadline to reserve a booth at the Fall Educational Conference at the discounted rate is Sept. 5
Only five booths remain at the upcoming RBMA 2014 Fall Educational Conference. To reserve your booth at the discounted rate, please submit your application by 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 5.

Face-to-face exhibiting does work! The 2014 RBMA Fall Educational Conference attracts decision makers with buying power!

What you can expect at the Fall Educational Conference:

Don't delay. Submit your application today!

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

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

Webinar: Oncologic PET Coding & Reimbursement, Where Are We Today?
Presented by Barry A. Siegel, MD, and Denise A. Merlino, CNMT, CPC, MBA, on Sept. 23, from 2-3 p.m. EDT.

On June 11, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final "Decision Memo for Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Solid Tumors (CAG-00181R4)" that ended the requirements for coverage with evidence development for FDG PET for oncologic indications contained in section 220.6.17 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual. This decision removed the requirement for prospective data collection by the National Oncologic PET Registry for those cancers or cancer types that had been covered under CED. CMS also determined that three FDG PET scans would be covered when used to guide subsequent management of anti-tumor treatment strategy after completion of initial anticancer therapy. Coverage of any additional FDG PET scans beyond three used to guide subsequent management of anti-tumor treatment strategy after completion of initial anti-tumor therapy was to be determined by local Medicare Administrative Contractors.

This webinar will focus on new billing guidelines as well as medical necessity requirements including Change Request 8739, which clarifies the billing and coding for an initial treatment strategy (–PI modifier) FDG PET scan and three subsequent treatment strategy (–PS modifier) FDG PET scans without the –KX modifier, as well as the fourth FDG PET scan and beyond for subsequent treatment strategy for the same cancer diagnosis that will always require the
–KX modifier.

This webinar will include:

Cost: $195. (Use code RBMA2014 at checkout and receive a 15 percent discount to $165.75.)

Continuing Education: 1.0 AAPC CEU credit.

Register online here

(Sites may have more than one participant in a room listening through one registration. All in the room can qualify for the AAPC CEUs if a list of participants is provided to training@merlinohccc.com.)More

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Transitioning to value-based care: What will imaging's role be?
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The benefits and limits of technology in medical practices
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Healthcare workers feel cost-cutting pressure
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
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