Sep. 16, 2014

Make your hotel reservation for the Fall Educational Conference by Sept. 25
To receive the special RBMA rate, you must reserve your hotel room by Sept. 25. In order to reserve your room, you must be registered for the conference and have received a confirmation letter containing the code to use when booking your room.

Don't delay. Space is filling fast. Register today!

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

Earn continuing education units at the ACR-RBMA Forum
The Forum offers a variety of credits based on your need:

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

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

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Rent a Hertz car in Seattle and save!
RBMA has partnered with Hertz to provide members with car rental discounts and specials! Providing quality car rental service for over 90 years, Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries.

To get started, download your RBMA Discount Savings Card from here. The card contains a special CDP code you will use when making your reservations. It also contains additional codes for specials like free upgrades and $25 off your weekend rental!More

Watch for the next Radiology Hot Topics poll in your email
The RBMA Radiology Hot Topics poll is used to gather member feedback on pressing industry issues. The results from the polls provide members with resources to gain a better understanding of the state of the industry and how they can apply the findings to their practices.

In hopes of obtaining more participation, RBMA will be deploying the bi-weekly Hot Topics poll as a separate email every other Wednesday. Please take a pause in the middle of the week to support your association by contributing to the Hot Topics poll.More

FREE WEBINAR: Low-Cost, High-Impact ICD-10 Action Steps for Providers

Thursday, Sept. 18
1-2 p.m. ET
Rhonda Buckholtz-AAPC, Robert Tennant-MGMA, and Mandy Willis-Healthcare IS

The compliance date of Oct. 1, 2015, for transitioning to ICD-10 has now been confirmed by CMS. In this engaging 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about important and low-cost coding, workflow and technology action steps providers can take that will prepare for this challenging transformation while at the same time benefiting their organization in additional clinical and administrative areas. The faculty, national experts in ICD-10 implementation, will discuss critical issues including clinical documentation improvement, enhancing billing processes, improving patient transitions of care, and leveraging the move to ICD-10 to improve administrative efficiency. Following the program, participants will be armed with an action plan to effectively and efficiently move forward with ICD-10.

Learning objectives: Register today here.More

Seeing is believing when introducing mobile mammography
Adding mobile mammography to a breast imaging practice comes with many considerations, not the least of which is how to successfully market the service to both the general public and corporate clients.More

5 steps to effective social media measurement
Exact Target
If you're going to invest time in social media, you need to measure performance, but it can be difficult to identify relevant metrics. There's no one-size-fits-all method of measuring social media success because goals vary from brand to brand. But you can certainly find ways to measure all the work you're putting into your social presence.More

Radiology departments need to unplug
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Radiology departments are significant users of energy, but simple steps can help reduce power consumption, according to an article published in the journal Academic Radiology. Researchers from St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, sought to evaluate the level of power consumption in their radiology department and ways to reduce energy use. More

Growth strategies for thin times
Radiology Business
In 2004, the specialty of radiology was thriving and blissfully unaware of the decade of austerity ahead. Procedure volumes were on the rise, technology was taking great leaps forward, and medical imaging was the toast of medicine. No fewer than three imaging modalities — MRI, CT, and mammography — had appeared on various millennial lists of the top medical innovations of the 20th century. Life — and practice — were good. More

EHR vendor relations: 4 tips to better communication
Physicians Practice (registration required)
During the process of choosing, purchasing, and installing your EHR system, your practice dealt mostly with the sales department. Once you are using the software on a daily basis, you'll want to start a relationship with your vendor's technical support team. Communicating with tech support might not be as easy as you would hope, however. More

Hospital consolidation: Is it raising costs?
Hospital consolidation since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act is a potential threat to free markets and health care costs, and one to which the Federal Trade Commission is paying close attention, said Martin Gaynor, director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC. Other panelists at a POLITICO Pro Health Care breakfast briefing said the ACA was forcing expensive changes that required consolidation. More