Sep. 11, 2012

Question of the week
How long has it been since your group last increased its fee schedule?
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Does one or more of the Professional Services Agreements (PSAs) between your group and its hospital(s) include specific quality measures your practice must meet?More

Reserve your hotel room by Sept. 20 for the Fall Educational Conference
The deadline to reserve your hotel room for the Fall Educational Conference at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa and receive the discounted rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy, is Sept. 20. In order to reserve your room, however, you must first register for the conference.

Don't delay! Register today.

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

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Listen to industry experts as they discuss where our industry is heading
The ACR-RBMA Forum educational lineup includes some of the top experts in our field. They will share with you the facts and realities of current and future trends.

Register to attend!

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

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

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: Mission-critical documentation & training
Register to attend the third of a four-part webinar series presented by MedLearn on preparing for ICD-10-CM.

Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM:
Mission-Critical Documentation & Training

Sept, 13
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. CT

This session is specifically targeted to radiologists and all support staff who play a role in physician documentation and will focus on why and how physician involvement is so indispensable to the success of your transition to ICD-10-CM; detailed guidance with the information required for correct ICD-10-CM code assignments, as well as to support code selection in the event of a claim review or audit; and tools and techniques, including the use of quick-reference guides and mini-chart audits that can reveal lack of justification for code assignments.

RBMA members will receive a discount of 10 percent off individual sessions. Click here to find out how to apply for the discounted rate. More

Participate in RBMA's patient steerage mini-Survey
Our members report that, with increasing use of radiology benefit managers, they are experiencing increasing steerage of patients to other facilities. Steerage is defined for this mini-Survey as the active or passive direction of patients referred for imaging services by RBMs or commercial insurers.

The mini-Survey collects information on whether and when steerage occurs, its impact on business operations and procedure volumes, and characteristics of patients being steered to specific facilities.

Please click here to access the mini-Survey.

Completion of the mini-Survey should require no more than 15 minutes of your time. The mini-Survey will be open for participation until Sept. 28. More

Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

Take note: Stage 2 Final Rule for EHR incentive payments released
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the Stage 2 requirements of the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program (Stage 2 Final Rule), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a final rule regarding standards and certification criteria for electronic health record software and technology.More

How does a radiology practice ensure its response to a subpoena complies with HIPAA?
The practice manager enters the office on Monday morning and in his in-box is an envelope innocuously marked "Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested" or worse yet, a process server is standing at the front entrance with an envelope in hand.More

IMAGINE Software announces addition of new board members
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, has welcomed three new board members: Michael J. Hershman, Stanton D. Anderson and Greg Lebedev.More

Merge engages Allen & Company LLC to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that its Board of Directors has retained Allen & Company LLC, a New York-based investment bank, to assist in exploring and evaluating a broad range of strategic alternatives, including, but not limited to, a sale of the company or a business combination.More

Medical billing leader expands with state-of-the-art imaging facility
HealthPro Medical Billing
HealthPro Medical Billing welcomes Winchester Open MRI, LLC
HealthPro Medical Billing, Inc., an industry leader in medical billing, is pleased to announce the addition of Winchester Open MRI, LLC, to its growing client base.More

Doctors shift focus to compliance as ICD-10 deadline set
American Medical News
Now that organized medicine has secured a one-year delay in the deadline for moving to the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system, physicians and hospitals turn their attention to the work of transitioning from ICD-9. The American Medical Association and other physician organizations said the delay did not go far enough to alleviate concerns about the substantial costs and other burdens associated with the upgrade.More

Meaningful Use Stage 2 rule offers radiologists some clarity
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The final rule for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, released last month, clarifies a few sticking points for the radiology industry, but some questions remain, say industry experts who are still digging through the specifics of the rule. Still considered a move toward standards-based health information exchanges, the final rules for Stage 2 provide some clarity for how radiologists and hospitals should approach MU. More

ACR issues formal response to proposed 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule
Imaging Biz
Reiterating its arguments from last year when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services first proposed a multiple procedure payment reduction on the professional component of imaging studies performed by physicians in the same group practice, the ACR pushed back hard against this idea in its formal written response to CMS. More

Bundled payment model was tough sell in Connecticut
Hartford Business Journal
As Connecticut's healthcare industry experiments with new models of care, getting everyone to buy into the changes isn't always easy. Just ask Dr. Steven Schutzer, the co-director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute. It took him more than two years to find an insurance company to buy into a bundled payment contractual model his organization developed that reimburses medical providers a preset price for hip and knee replacement surgery.More

Chang: Radiologists must manage imaging to survive
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Dashboards and scorecards providing tangible measures of performance can serve as a potent defense for radiologists against forces that are attempting to loosen their control over medical imaging, according to PACS pioneer Dr. Paul Chang. The shift from fee-for-service healthcare to payment models geared to quality and meaningful use poses threats unless radiologists learn to manage medical imaging, Chang explained at the California Radiological Society annual meeting. More

Cardiovascular field to push U.S. x-ray market to $2.8 billion in 2016
Health Imaging
Rapid expansion of hybrid operating rooms will drive growth in the U.S. x-ray market, according to "U.S. Markets for X-Ray Systems 2012," a report issued by Millenium Research Group. MRG forecasts modest growth, from $2.5 billion in 2011 to $2.8 billion in 2016, and cited a generally saturated market. Sales of mobile digital radiography systems, DR flat panels and DR retrofits should swell.More