Sep. 10, 2013

RBMA announces the arrival of RBMA 360
RBMA has just launched a new brand identity and interactive dynamic website. With a new look and strategic direction, RBMA is propelling forward at the forefront of the radiology industry.

RBMA.org has been redesigned to focus on RBMA's strengths — programs, tools and news. We have developed communities and collected specific resources for our members — leaders, billing managers, coders, marketers and industry related vendors — that can be found in one place.

RBMA 360 offers members 360 degrees of resources for radiology business professionals in any radiology setting. RBMA is shaping the future of the profession by providing tools and resources tailored to its members and delivering information in a way that revolutionizes business.

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Check out the Fall Educational Conference on Facebook
See what you are missing or find your friends at the 2013 Fall Educational Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Mass. by visiting our Facebook page. Photographs will be posted daily.

Be sure and "like" our page to respond to the photos or post a message.More

Be the first to find out new CPT codes for 2014
The 2013 RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course offers coders one of the earliest opportunities to learn and discuss the new 2014 CPT codes! Give yourself and your practice a head start on preparing for new code implementation and find out what changes are in store for next year.

In addition, coding experts Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC, will present two full-day sessions on interventional radiology coding rules, definitions, vascular anatomy and selection and application of catheter placement codes and more. A large amount of time will be spent dissecting real case studies of your most difficult coding cases.

Register to attend before Sept. 13 to take advantage of the special RBMA package deal.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 17-18
American Airlines Training & Conference Center
Fort Worth, TX

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ACR launches new 'Mammography Saves Lives' campaign
The American College of Radiology has launched a website that contains marketing materials that local practices can use in their upcoming October Breast Cancer Awareness month marketing push. The website includes customizable TV and radio ads, posters, brochures, etc. Practices can access the materials at www.mammographysaveslives.org.More

Zotec Partners completes acquisition of Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, LLC announced it has closed the definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a medical billing and practice management company and subsidiary of publicly traded CBIZ, Inc., effective Aug. 30.More

Zotec-MMP and ImagingBiz to host discussion on clinical integration strategies
Zotec-MMP, an industry leader in specialized radiology medical billing and practice management services to radiology groups, imaging centers and teleradiology companies, in conjunction with ImagingBiz will deliver a complimentary webinar to the radiology industry this month. Details for the webinar can be seen below.

When: Sept. 24, 1–2 p.m. EST
What: Gain Strategic Hospital Alignment and Retain Your Radiology Practice's Independence
Who: Featuring Edward R. Gaines III, JD, CCP, chief compliance officer of Zotec-MMP, and Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle, president and CEO of ImagingBiz
Where: Send an email to radiology@cbizmmp.com to RSVP

The webinar will provide radiology practice leaders with clinical integration strategies as they strive to achieve independence and maintain healthy hospital relationships. It will also analyze current radiology market trends, facilitate a discussion on co-management agreements and captive models, and showcase examples of gainsharing and payment bundling.More

IMAGINE Software ranks on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 of fastest growing companies
IMAGINE Software
Inc. Magazine has recognized IMAGINE Software on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America's independent entrepreneurs. IMAGINE joins an elite list of organizations, including LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year's Inc. 500|5000.More

Infinx launches free mobile safety application for women
Infinx, a global business process and technology solutions company, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., proudly announced the launch of an android mobile emergency response application designed for woman safety named "PURSE," as a part of its corporate social responsibility.More

Big data improves healthcare
During the 2012 presidential elections, the predictions of one shy outsider with a love for baseball statistics outperformed those of hundreds of campaign veterans and beltway insiders. Now, the same tools and techniques used by Nate Silver are being applied to a very different topic: your health.More

Imaging 3.0: Radiology gets a facelift
Diagnostic Imaging
Radiology is getting an upgrade. After incorporating and mastering the explosion of technologies that emerged on the market over the past 20 years, many industry leaders say it's time to take practice and patient care to the next level. More

Using data analytics for better financial outcomes
HealthLeaders Media
As healthcare becomes increasingly data-driven, provider organizations find themselves inundated with more information than ever before. Figuring out what to do with all the data may not be easy, but for healthcare finance executives it is a challenge worth tackling.More

Silva: Bad data is root of problem with CT and MRI cost centers
Imaging Biz
Acknowledging and fixing the flawed capital cost data that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is using to justify proposed cuts in CT and MRI reimbursement is the responsibility of all radiology professionals writes Ezequiel Silva III, MD, in the latest issue of Radiology Business Journal. Noting that the Deficit Reduction Act of 1997 forever linked office and hospital payments, Silva writes that all stakeholders must work together on a new reclassification system that can better allocate capital costs related to imaging. More

MICI Q3: Medicare outlook still bedevils radiation administrators
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology administrators remained deeply concerned about future Medicare reimbursement rates, showing little confidence that they will receive adequate Medicare payments in the third quarter of 2013, according to data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. The forward-looking index surveyed 144 imaging directors and hospital managers, asking their opinions of five key trends typically encountered by radiology administrators. More

Medical display market to swell past $3 billion by 2017
Health Imaging
The global market for medical-grade displays is projected to jump 29 percent between 2012 and 2017, rising from $2.5 billion to $3.2 billion, according to market information firm IHS. IHS outlined its projections in its "Medical Displays — World — 2013" report. While the majority of the market's revenue in the coming years will be generated by patient-monitor displays, the fastest growing segments will be radiology and surgical displays, according to the report. More

United Healthcare introduces online bill payments
Information Week
United Healthcare, one of the two largest health insurers in the U.S., set an important precedent when it recently announced its introduction of an online bill payment service that enables United members to pay their bills to healthcare providers by credit card or bank transfer. United, which has integrated the online bill-pay capability with its claims processing system, is the first payor to supply a service of this kind, said Victoria Bogatyrenko, VP of products innovation for United.More

Why payors like defined contribution programs
HealthLeaders Media
Change keeps on coming to the health insurance industry. Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health Services is in the process of expanding its defined contribution products to large group employers. The expansion follows a successful year-long pilot with small group employers (fewer than 100 employees) that attracted 60 companies and about 6,000 covered lives, says Bill Brown, manager of digital distribution for the giant Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate.More