Sep. 15, 2015

RBMA member benefit: Forums — One of our top rated benefits!
RBMA Forums enable you to connect with colleagues, ask the questions most pertinent to your needs and receive immediate, actionable feedback and solutions.

RBMA recently overhauled the Forums section of the website and now has more streamlined subscription capabilities! For more information on all RBMA Forums, Forum policy and instructions, please visit www.rbma.org/RBMA_Forums.More

New lunch and learn session added to the Fall Educational Conference
The following session has just been added to the Fall Educational Conference:

Imaging in Crisis: How to "Reinvent Radiology" to
Adapt to Value Based Care Models

Sponsored by Philips Healthcare and presented by Sham Sokka, PhD, this session will focus on the role of the Independent Test Facility (ITF) as the health care paradigm evolves. Dr. Sokka will describe emerging technologies that will play a key role to enable new workflows and care models that are adapted to the new market conditions in order to continue to provide differential value to the health care ecosystem.

This session includes lunch and is limited to the first 50 reservations from registered attendees. If you are already registered, you must reserve a spot in order to attend.

RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29, 2015
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

Register Here for the Fall Educational Conference

Registered Attendees Can Reserve a Space Here

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DataMAXX — Did you know? Submit data to run free reports
RBMA survey data have been collected and reported through DataMAXX since 2013. All members can submit data either using an Excel® questionnaire file or through DataMAXX by .csv file upload or online data entry. RBMA members from radiology practices, imaging centers and IDTFs may subscribe to DataMAXX for free to submit data and run reports. Members from billing companies and MSOs may submit their clients' A/R and Compensation data through the Vendor Portal link on the DataMAXX page, or as an additional user on the client's subscription. Participants from both practices and billing companies/MSOs can run reports once their data have been accepted into DataMAXX.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Register now for the RBMA Oregon Chapter/Oregon Radiological Society meeting
The RBMA Oregon Chapter, in conjunction with the Oregon Radiological Society, is excited to announce its upcoming fall meeting:

Friday, Nov. 13
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport
Tigard, Ore.

Online registration is now available through the RBMA website! Speakers include Frank Lexa, M.D.; Michael Mabry; U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR 1st District); and Mark Bonanno, JD, MPH.

For more information on the program and to register, please visit www.rbma.org/oregon.More

Start the new year with the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Join colleagues and leading management experts for an all-new meeting that will arm you with the hard-hitting strategies you need to better navigate the new business of health care.

Registration is open.

ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Jan. 15-17, 2016
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Ariz.

Register early and SAVE!

The price of pride in pregnancy ultrasound reporting
One of the common basic billing issues that is repeatedly seen is ultrasounds before 14 weeks (CPT code 76801) being down coded to limited exams (CPT code 76815) because the radiologist did not include details about the amniotic fluid and placenta.More

RBMA Coding Forum is available for members and staff of members
One of the more active listserves, the RBMA Coding Forum provides coders with instant answers to pressing coding questions. Hear from colleagues and industry experts in real time or choose the digest version for a daily delivery of posts.More

Zotec Partners launches ICD-10 Educational Microsite for radiologists
Zotec Partners
As part of its overall ICD-10 provider education initiative and as the ICD-10 October implementation date draws near, Zotec Partners, an industry leader in physician billing and practice management services, is pleased to announce the release of an ICD-10 Education Microsite for physicians.More

Merge and RAD-AID team up to help developing countries
Merge Healthcare announced a new global collaboration with the nonprofit organization, RAD-AID International, (US Registered 501(c)3) to bring vital radiology and health information technologies to medically underserved and poor regions of the world.More

ICD-10's potential effects on your revenue cycle
Physicians Practice (registration required)
In today's world of ever-changing reimbursement models, as well as the nearing implementation of ICD-10, physician practices need to approach the revenue cycle from both a proactive and reactive perspective. Practices need to evaluate their current revenue cycle to determine and address negative affects when ICD-10 is implemented.More

More pediatric radiology smartphone apps needed
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The development of new pediatric radiology applications developed by health care professionals could fill the current gap in the marketplace, particularly if aimed towards patients and their families, according to a study published in Pediatric Radiology. Researchers from the United Kingdom assessed the variety of smartphone applications related to pediatric radiology and who helped develop them. More

JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the Sept. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cash payments for mammography screening range from $10 to $250 and are typically paid by insurance companies, wrote Harald Schmidt, PhD, from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. More

Medicare yet to save money through heralded medical payment model
Kaiser Health News
A high-profile Medicare experiment pushing doctors and hospitals to join together to operate more efficiently has yet to save the government money, with nearly half of the groups costing more than the government estimated their patients would normally cost, federal records show. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers the lure of bonuses to health care practitioners who band together as accountable care organizations, or ACOs, to take care of patients. More

Associations, vendors offering ICD-10 education ahead of deadline
Health Imaging
Tick, tick, tick. The ICD-10 implementation next month is almost here, and a number of organizations are offering last-minute education and checklists to get prepped ahead of the deadline. The American College of Radiology has offered some resources and is asking providers to notify them and their local Medicare contractor if a previously payable ICD-9 diagnosis code has been omitted from the list of approved and medically necessary ICD-10 diagnosis codes. More