Sept. 6, 2011

Question of the week
Does your practice use voice recognition software to dictate radiology reports and, if so, how are the reports edited?
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Approximately what percentage of your radiology coders hold the following certifications?

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Professional development track offered at Fall Educational Conference
Attend the full track on professional development at the Fall Educational Conference and learn how to become an effective leader and a mover and a shaker; how to motivate and empower your staff; how to invest in your career and become resilient in today's labor market, how to lead in challenging times and much more!

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Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Add the ACR-RBMA Forum to the RBMA Fall Educational Conference
Double down your Fall Educational Conference experience by adding the ACR-RBMA Forum, a leadership seminar that precedes the Fall Educational Conference Oct. 14-16 at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

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

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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More coding at the Fall Educational Conference
The Interventional Coding Course will be offered as a pre-conference session at the Fall Educational Conference. Part of the RBMA Coding Academy sponsored by , this two-day workshop will be taught by Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC, and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC, and will cover core rules, regulations and definitions needed to code interventional radiology services confidently. Attendees are encouraged to submit difficult cases to review, discuss and discover how to code like the experts!

Register for this course along with the Fall Educational Conference or separately.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 15-16

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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FREE webinar for RBMA members: A Radiology Coder's Guide to Getting Ready for ICD-10-CM
Only available to the first 50 members who register! Offered by Coding Strategies Inc., join coding expert Melody Mulaik, PCS, FCS, CPC, CPC-H, RCC, and find out what you need to know to prepare for the implementation of ICD-10-CM on Oct. 1, 2013.

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New CMS bundled payment program accepting applications for participants
On August 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new bundled payment incentive program.More

'My contract says what?!?!'
Would you work for a company that made you pay them? While this may sound like something out of the Twilight Zone, this is a concerning trend appearing (and sometimes hiding) in physician-hospital affiliation and employment agreements.More

The role of trusts in estate and asset protection planning for physicians
Significant changes in December 2010 to federal estate and gift tax legislation have prompted many to review their estate plan. Physicians in particular have reason to consider transfers to trusts and other vehicles which may offer asset protection advantages in addition to estate tax reduction.More

Sweetening the pot: Phantom stock and SARs as employee compensation
Increasingly, employers are using innovative compensation techniques to motivate and retain key employees, while retaining ownership and control of the corporate entity. Two common compensation tools include phantom stock plans or stock appreciation rights, or SARs.More

Just post it: NLRB requires employers to provide notice of employee rights
As if there aren't already enough postings required for workplaces, the NLRB has added another. On Aug. 25, the NLRB issued a final rule that requires employers to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Employers have until Nov. 14 to post the required notice.More

Calendar of events
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Merge Healthcare's OrthoEMR v4.0 receives complete EHR ambulatory certification
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions has received the federal government's "Meaningful Use" stamp of approval by earning complete EHR Ambulatory certification from Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body program.More

IMAGINE Software announces record growth and future expansion
IMAGINE Software
Technology Partners, Inc. (dba IMAGINE Software), a leading provider of medical billing technology, announces record growth of existing operations with the addition of new hires to bolster the company's Development, Client Services, Product Management and Implementation departments.More

PSC Info Group becomes first Pitney Bowes IntelliJet 20 printing system customer in US
PSC Info Group
PSC Info Group, a provider of technology-enabled revenue acceleration tools that streamline the collection of consumer payments, has become the first Pitney Bowes Inc. IntelliJet 20 Printing System customer in the U.S. The IntelliJet 20 system, which is a member of Pitney Bowes's growing line of high-speed digital color printing systems, will enable PSC Info Group customers to deliver high quality, cost-effective and personalized communications utilizing the power of full color.More

Consumer survey points to a priority for Americans — access to imaging
Imaging Economics
Faced with expending their own money through higher deductibles and co-payments, U.S. adults have identified access to advanced imaging as one of the most important features of their health care plans, as reported in a recent independent Harris Interactive poll. There continues to be a great amount of uncertainty and many unanswered questions regarding health care reform and the nature of health care plans today and in the future. More

Radiologists face lower malpractice risk than colleagues
Health Imaging & IT
Diagnostic radiologists faced slightly fewer malpractice claims per year than did physicians as a whole, according to a study in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Neurosurgeons had the highest percentage, with 19.1 percent facing a claim annually.More

Meaningful use can be meaningful for radiologists, too
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
With an estimated $1.5 billion in potential bonus payments at stake, radiologists should study and respond to recent federal regulations related to meaningful use of complete certified ambulatory electronic health records and their equivalents, said authors of a study in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Leaders in imaging: A conversation with Pamela Wilcox
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
AuntMinnie.com presents the next installment of Leaders in Imaging, a series of interviews with individuals who are shaping the radiology landscape. This interview was with Pamela Wilcox, RN, MA, the American College of Radiology's assistant executive director for quality and safety. More

Behind the mobile health care, telehealth boom
Health Leaders Media
The market for technologies that bring health care to patients instead of the other way around — mobile health care and telehealth — has been growing steadily. And many predict it will take an even bigger jump in the next few years. That growth will be driven by a number of factors, including government initiatives and a trend toward collaboration between health care organizations and vendors. More

The benefits of increased documentation in radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Radiologists are in a unique position in medicine. Today, not only do we receive information from a variety of sources, we often are the most rigorous in obtaining and reviewing old imaging. That is increasingly critical for patient management. We add clinical information from all sources, from the patient, old records and multiple specialist evaluations. More

Changes to Medigap plans meet resistance
Kaiser Health News
A provision of the 2010 federal health law seeking to increase Medicare beneficiaries' share of health care costs is meeting resistance from an unlikely group of 33 state insurance regulators, health insurers and consumer advocates charged with revising Medigap insurance policies that cover most out-of-pocket expenses. More

CMS says some physicians must revalidate Medicare enrollment
Imaging Biz
A comprehensive anti-fraud initiative undertaken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under health reform law will soon force some physicians in the Medicare program to revalidate their individual enrollment records, the agency has announced. CMS will gradually send revalidation requests by mail to more than 1.4 million health professionals — more than 50 percent of whom are physicians — through March 23, 2012.More