Sept. 13, 2011

How to lead effectively under pressure
Lt. Col. Kevin Sweeney will position you in the cockpit with him mentally to personally live through his incredible experience and challenge of having the two engines on his left wing come completely off his airplane while on a Desert Storm combat mission during his presentation: Pressure Cooker Confidence: How to Deliver Peak Performance When the Heat is On.

Feel the skill, resolve and team attributes necessary to lead your team to a successful landing in such a dire circumstance. Learn how to apply these same principles to your personal and professional life. Understand the steps necessary to put yourself and your team in position to excel under the pressures we all face. Learn how to become the "go-to" person in your organization when the going gets tough.

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Wednesday, Oct. 19

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

This session is sponsored by

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How do you measure physician productivity?
What is the best way to measure radiologist productivity? And then, what do you do with that information? Do you reward those that are most productive with more money, more vacation time or other perks? Do you take away similar things for those who are not as productive?

Hear the different viewpoints of one practice administrator and two radiologists during the presentation of Productivity in Radiology: Three Views with Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA; Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR; and Dennis Wiseman at the ACR-RBMA Forum.

Register today.

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

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Special promotion for RBMA members' staff ends Sept. 16
Any non-member coding staff or Radiology Certified Coder of an RBMA member who registers to attend the Interventional Radiology Coding Course through Sept. 16 can save $100 off of 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. 15-16

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course is part of the RBMA Coding Academy and sponsored by

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FREE webinar for RBMA members: Accurate Coding of Nuclear Medicine Procedures
Learn or review the basic principles of nuclear medicine coding, choosing the appropriate code and understanding the various acronyms and combinations important for nuclear medicine procedures.

This webinar is taught by Denise A. Merlino, MBA, CNMT, FSNMTS, CPC, a nationally recognized nuclear medicine coding expert. She has expertise in medical imaging, drug and radiopharmaceutical reimbursement, hospital and physician office administration, pharmaceutical marketing and payor relations.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
1-2 p.m. ET

This webinar is jointly produced by the RBMA and the AHRA and is being generously sponsored and hosted by Advance for Imaging & Radiation Oncology.

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RBMA and vRAD announce scholarship winners
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with the Radiology Business Management Association to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

The first scholarships were awarded to three RBMA members who will attend the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference.

Congratulations to:

Marsha Massino, Assistant Administrator, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis.

Steven Hadorn, Operations Manager, Marble Falls Imaging, Marble Falls, Texas

Mindy Smith, Billing Manager, Management Data Systems, Lake Charles, La.

Scholarships will be offered again for 2012 RBMA programs. A heartfelt thanks goes out to vRAD for making this possible. More

Calendar of events
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Inc. recognizes GeBBS Healthcare Solutions for third consecutive year
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in health care Revenue Cycle Management outsourcing, announced that GeBBS has been ranked No. 509 in Inc. 5000 magazine's exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the third year in a row that the New Jersey-based Healthcare Business Process Outsourcing firm has been included in the ranking. GeBBS was also ranked 32nd among health care companies.More

Response Genetics Inc. launches XIFIN revenue cycle management system
XIFIN Inc. announced that Response Genetics, Inc., a leading developer of molecular diagnostic tests for cancer, has implemented XIFIN's revenue cycle management system to optimize billing and claims management and help manage cash collections.More

Appeals court tosses Virginia challenges to health reform law
Health Leaders Media
A federal appeals court overturned a lower court and rejected Virginia's challenge to the federal health care reform law, ruling that the state lacked the standing to proceed with the suit. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals court tossed aside a ruling by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, who had sided with Virginia's Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and ruled that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. More

ACR blasts proposed cuts
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The ACR called on CMS to scrap proposed payment cuts in the Medicare Fee Schedule Rule for 2012, saying the reduction is "scientifically unfounded, based on flawed assumptions and may limit patients' ability to receive efficient care." In a letter commenting on the proposed rule, the group also took issue with purported statements by CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, during a recent Midwest tour of imaging facilities. More

Automated procedure code entry reduces report errors
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Automated entry of procedure codes in radiology reports has decreased the percentage of errors compared to manual entry, according to a Massachusetts General Hospital report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The hospital's radiology department switched from manual to automated entry of procedure codes in 2007.More

Will debt panel tackle Medicare, Social Security?
Reuters Health via Aunt Minnie
A new congressional "supercommittee" will face tough choices on politically popular government health and retirement programs as it tries to draft a plan to reduce deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over a decade. The panel has until Nov. 23 to make recommendations that the Senate and House of Representatives are to vote on by Dec. 23.More

HHS: More than 5.4 million patients affected by data breaches in 2010
Health Imaging & IT
In U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' annual report to Congress, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reported that between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010, breaches involving 500 or more individuals were less than 1 percent of the breaches reported, but accounted for more than 99 percent of the more than 5.4 million individuals who were affected. More

Top 5 traits of a forward-thinking executive leader
Fierce Healthcare
Choosing your next leader is like rolling the die sometimes. Even with thorough background checks, behavioral interviewing and personality tests, hospitals that are on the lookout for executives sometimes pick a dud or even worse, a law breaker. If you want to pick a winner, then consider choosing someone who can both live up to the reputation of your institution while transforming it for the next wave of health care. More

Outlook is negative for not-for-profit hospitals
Imaging Biz
The health care employment picture may be rosy compared to other sectors, but the outlook for U.S. not-for-profit hospitals is negative, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Titled "U.S. Not-for-Profit Hospital Medians Show Resiliency Against Industry Headwinds But Challenges Still Support Negative Outlook," the report indicates that most such hospitals saw weakening revenue growth in 2010.More

A prescription for EHR
Imaging Economics
This spring, the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program issued the first round of reimbursement payments totaling $75 million to health care providers across the United States using EHR technology, and the payments are expected to continue for several years.More