Sep. 17, 2013

Question of the week
What type of radiologist peer review process does your practice use as part of its quality assurance program? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Which of the following factors affect the compensation of the radiologists in your group?More

Member benefit: Corporate Partner Directory
Looking for a radiology vendor you met with at the Fall Educational Conference or a past RBMA conference? Check out our Corporate Partner Directory, which enables to you search by company name and/or product or service provided. You can also see an alphabetical list of all RBMA Corporate Partners. Visit rbma.org/directory to begin using this valuable tool!

Interested in becoming an RBMA Corporate Partner? Contact us at membership@rbma.org to find out how to become or upgrade to a Corporate Member. If you are a Corporate Partner and have edits to your directory entry, please contact membership@rbma.org with your changes.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

The new RBMA website offers custom content geared to your specific community
A new addition to the RBMA 360 website is the "I AM A" section. Here, members can find resources designed specifically for leaders, billing managers, marketers or coders in an instant.

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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Save 5 percent on airfare with American Airlines when you register for the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course
RBMA has partnered with American Airlines to provide attendees with a 5 percent discount for this program. The valid travel dates for this discount are Oct. 13-22. You can easily access American's fares and apply this discount by going to www.aa.com to book your flight. Place the promotion code 25H3AQ in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically. This special discount is valid on any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection.

Space is still available. Register today.

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

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Join today to experience RBMA for the next 15 months — and pay for only 12
For over 40 years, RBMA has been educating radiology professionals through formal meetings and peer-to-peer learning. Today, we are more than 2,000 members strong and have enhanced our resources for practice leaders, billing managers, coders and marketers in any radiology setting.

We are extending our educational offerings by presenting deeper dive sessions for new and seasoned professionals. We are analyzing and collecting data, and providing useful real-time results for practices. We are creating a name on the Hill and intensifying our advocacy efforts. And we continue to be the organization that brings together individuals who want to share their successes, challenges and learn from each other.

RBMA is revolutionizing the world of radiology business with 360 degrees of radiology resources.

Spread the word about this special promotion to your friends and colleagues who would benefit from RBMA membership. Join now to experience RBMA for the next 15 months — and pay for only 12.More

Be cautious in recommending other professionals
From time to time, physicians and other healthcare professionals are called upon to make recommendations for, or respond to, inquiries concerning other professionals. Sometimes, this involves inquiries received from state agencies, hospitals or other healthcare entities. Sometimes, it is the result of a direct request from the other professional for a letter of recommendation.More

Federal court to employers: Think twice before accessing employees' social media
A federal court in New Jersey has given employers more reason to think twice before attempting to access employees' social media content.More

FTC files complaint against medical lab for failing to protect consumers' privacy
The FTC recently filed an administrative complaint against a medical lab, LabMD, for failing to take reasonable steps to protect the security of consumers' personal data, including medical information.More

The Valley Hospital selects Merge CTMS for enterprise clinical trial management
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that The Valley Hospital selected Merge's CTMS for Investigators solution to organize and centralize enterprise-wide clinical research operations.More

Has PACS ignited an epidemic of burnout?
Health Imaging
Nearly half of U.S. physicians responding to a survey about burnout reported at least one symptom of burnout, researchers reported in a study published online in Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers reported that radiologists face a slightly higher than average rate of burnout, a finding that doesn't surprise many radiologists.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. More

Zotec Partners completes acquisition of MMP, Inc.
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, LLC announces 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

Survey finds IT costs rising for practices
Imaging Biz
The promise of cost savings from healthcare reform and electronic health record implementation may still be a ways away judging by a new survey from the Medical Group Management Association. The Englewood, Colo., association's Cost Survey Report: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data reveals that between 2008 and 2012, annual information technology expenditures per full-time-equivalent physician rose 27.8 percent.More

Conflict management: Strategies you need to know
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
No matter where you work, the size of your radiology department, imaging center or radiology group, there will be occasions when conflict arises and must be dealt with. When conflict happens, managers often see the conflict to be the result of uncooperative staff. However, this usually is not the case. Conflict typically results from a lack of understanding about a particular situation.More

CBO: House SGR fix comes with 26 percent higher price tag
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A bill passed in August out of a U.S. House of Representatives committee that would repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula may soon hit another obstacle as it proceeds on its legislative journey: a higher price tag. In May, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Energy and Commerce Committee's solution, HR 2810, would increase direct Medicare spending by $139 billion over the 2014 to 2023 period. More

Electronic records tied to fewer hospitalizations
Reuters via The Baltimore Sun
Switching from paper to electronic medical records at health clinics led to "modest reductions" in the number of people with diabetes that went to the emergency room or were hospitalized, in a new study. Researchers looking at before-and-after rates found both ER visits and hospital admissions dropped by between five and six percent once the computerized records were put in place, but that there was no change in the frequency of office visits.More

Hospitals in early stage of analytics usage
Information Week
Despite all the hoopla about clinical and business intelligence applications, the use of these tools by hospitals and healthcare systems is still in an early phase, a new report indicates. Only 46 percent of the 529 respondents to a HIMSS Analytics survey said they were using C&BI, and the majority of those indicated they were still learning how to use these analytic tools. More