Sep. 4, 2012

Need to review a medical image? Download an app!
Smartphones have become even smarter. The Google Play for Android and Apple App stores now offer various downloadable apps accessible at your fingertips. Find out what is available on the current market and which apps are most popular during the Learning Lab on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

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

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Start the day with Meaningful Use
The ACR-RBMA Forum will begin with an hour-and-a-half session on Meaningful Use and Radiology.

Faculty leaders Randy Hicks, MD, MBA; Karen Leppert and Barbara Rubel, MBA, FRBMA, will provide an update on the current status of Meaningful Use, how to implement MU within radiology practice, including case studies, and leave plenty of time for a discussion and Q&A.

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New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

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

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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 from now until Sept. 14 can save $100 off 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 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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FREE webinar for RBMA members: 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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Worldwide Clinical Trials selects Merge eClinical OS to streamline electronic data capture
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc. has selected Merge's eClinical OS solution to accelerate study startup, streamline electronic data capture and maximize operational efficiency across its Phase I-IV studies.More

At VMWorld, eMix executive to discuss impact of cloud-based medical data exchange
Florent Saint-Clair, DR Systems Vice-President of Business Development and General Manager of eMix, presented at the VMWorld 2012 conference. He was one of the panelists for the session titled "Industry Leaders Share the Impact of Their Cloud Deployments."More

RamSoft partners with Environmental Intelligence, LLC to target state projects in Texas
RamSoft has signed a distribution agreement with Environmental Intelligence, LLC to represent RamSoft's radiology workflow solutions to the Texas Department of Information Resources. Environmental Intelligence has been awarded a contract with the Texas Department of Information Resources to provide a full spectrum of healthcare IT solutions to state agencies and facilities across Texas.More

Inc. Magazine recognizes GeBBS Healthcare Solutions for fourth consecutive year
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare revenue cycle management outsourcing solutions, announced that the company has been ranked No. 1,623 in Inc. 5000 magazine's exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the fourth year in a row that the New Jersey-based Healthcare Business Process Outsourcing firm has been included in the ranking.More

Imaging use in Medicare is down, but will the feds take heed?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Medicare payments for noninvasive diagnostic imaging exams are down 21 percent compared to their peak in 2006, reports a new study in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But are federal policymakers paying attention? Because of the rapid growth of imaging use before 2006, Medicare payments for imaging procedures have been under intense scrutiny, according to lead author Dr. David C. Levin and colleagues.More

Feds push Maryland to think big on health cost control
Kaiser Health News
If quiet negotiations between policymakers and industry bear fruit, Maryland could join the short list of states attempting to go far beyond the Affordable Care Act in improving health and limiting spending. Federal officials are urging Maryland and its powerful health industry to build on the state's unique hospital rate-setting system to develop sweeping cost controls — including those on doctors — that could be used as a model for other states. More

Doctors urged to be more mindful of costs of procedures they order
Chicago Tribune
What if your hotel bill looked like a hospital bill, asks Vineet Arora, an assistant dean and associate professor of medicine at University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine? What if every guest received a different rate card, unneeded services were ordered and you were hit at the end with a huge bill that no one could explain?More

EHR adoption grows as docs bid for incentives
Electronic health record adoption by physicians is growing, to judge by the results of a recent survey sponsored by Medscape, a leading website for continuing medical education. The survey of 21,200 physicians across 25 specialties, conducted last spring, found that 74 percent of them already were using an EHR and that another 8 percent of them were currently installing or implementing systems. More

Protect patient privacy when using benchmarking data
Diagnostic Imaging
Data, data, data — it's becoming increasingly more integral to running an efficient radiology practice. Operations data, such as reimbursement and utilization information, can help practices improve their performance and gain an edge in the marketplace. But the systems designed to collect and make this data readily accessible can include sensitive patient information, putting practices at risk.More

Stage 2 emphasizes data encryption
Health Imaging
A point of increased emphasis for the meaningful use Stage 2 final rule is encryption of "data at rest" — the patient-identifiable information stored on servers, hard drives and portable devices. Encryption is standard security practice when sending patient information electronically but not for medical records not set for transmission.More