Sep. 9, 2014

RBMA member benefit: e-Alerts
Don't miss breaking regulatory or congressional news! RBMA knows its members operate in a highly-regulated field of healthcare and therefore provides you with timely updates from private payors, Capitol Hill and the regulatory branches of the federal government via our e-Alerts. An e-Alert is a broadcast email message delivered to members (unless you have previously opted out) with breaking news and updates on RBMA's advocacy efforts. To view past e-Alerts, visit our website.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

Dig deeper at the Fall Educational Conference
RBMA's new educational strategic goal includes providing extensive, in-depth coverage of meaningful topics currently trending in the industry. The following deep dive sessions will be offered in Seattle in October:

Each session will be conducted for two hours and 15 minutes and will offer attendees a more detailed scope of the subject as well as a chance for increased interactivity with the instructor.

A complete list of available sessions and descriptions is listed here.

Don't delay. Register today!

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

The ACR-RBMA Forum offers lectures, workshops and case studies
Spend a full day and a half immersed in didactic material covering topics to improve your radiology practice. Attend with your physician to partner and learn how best to move your practice forward. Sessions will allow ample time for questions and answers as well as the ability to participate in small groups.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity! Register today.

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

Thank you to our sponsors.More

RBMA is looking for a few good speakers for the 2015 Radiology Summit
RBMA is committed to offering education, networking opportunities and management resources to assist members to effectively manage the business of radiology.

RBMA seeks individuals interested in presenting a topic applicable to the business of radiology. RBMA requests your assistance in offering high-quality educational programming. The Radiology Summit will be held June 7-10, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. The deadline to submit your topic is Sept. 19, 2014.

If you are interested, please submit a Call for Speakers application found here.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 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

CMS has instructed its contractors to promote, implement, and support three national testing weeks for ICD-10 acknowledgement testing
Testing will occur Nov. 17 for the November 2014 testing week; March 2, 2015, for the March 2015 testing week and June 1, 2015, for the June 2015 testing week.More

CMS releases ICD-10 training and preparation webcast for small practices
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a webcast with information on ICD-10 training and preparation from the "Road to 10" tool. Accessible through the "Road to 10" link on the CMS website, the webcast discusses key elements to include in your training plan. This is the second webcast in the new "Road to 10" series. Four more webcasts will follow — all aimed at helping small physician practices get ready for ICD-10 by the Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date.More

ADVOCATE wins radiology billing agreement with Fort Wayne Radiology
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that they have been awarded the exclusive billing agreement with Fort Wayne Radiology in Fort Wayne, Ind.More

Regulation should keep health IT safe without slowing innovation
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Dr. David Hirschorn: In 1989, the FDA started to grapple with computers as medical devices. The agency classified anything running software as a device under the FDA Policy for the Regulation of Computer Products. But as computer chips running software began to pervade every new medical device introduced on the market, the situation grew too complex to view them all as computer products, and in 2005 the FDA withdrew its policy.More

CMS final rule extends Stage 2, delays requirements
Imaging Biz
CMS announced in a final rule that it will delay some requirements of its meaningful use program, allowing providers to continue to receive incentive payments if they haven't yet adopted electronic health records software that was certified under the 2014 criteria. According to the announcement, providers will not be penalized for failing to progress to Stage 2.More

US healthcare spending to fall over next decade
Health Imaging
U.S. healthcare spending will slow by 1.5 percent over the next decade, but will grow by 2 percent this year, according to a report from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report, published in the September issue of Health Affairs, said that healthcare spending for 2013 was projected to grow by 3.6 percent because of a sluggish economy and rising costs of private insurance plans. More

ICD-10: It's time for radiologists to prepare
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The transition to ICD-10 is looming, and many radiology professionals are still trying to determine its impact on radiology. Radiologists will need to focus on their dictation and also rely heavily on the quality of clinical data from the referring physician, said Melody Mulaik, MSHS, president and co-founder, Coding Strategies, Inc. More

Doctors say electronic records waste time
U.S. News & World Report
Doctors complain that they waste an average of 48 minutes a day, or four hours a week, when they record their patients' health information into digital records, a new study shows. The results were collected in a small survey, whose findings were put into a letter that was published in the online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine. More