Sep. 18, 2012

Why should you visit Arizona in October?
Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

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


Where are your patients going?
Our members report that, with increasing use of radiology benefit managers (RBMs), they are experiencing increasing steerage of patients to other facilities. Steerage is defined for our current mini-Survey as the active or passive direction of patients referred for imaging services by RBMs or commercial insurers.

All members are invited to participate in RBMA's Patient Steerage mini-Survey. 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.

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.

Please click here to access the mini-Survey.More

RBMA joins AMIC on Medicare impact survey
A select few RBMA members received an email last week regarding a survey that RBMA is conducting in partnership with the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC). The survey is designed to collect important information on: 1) the actions that imaging centers and radiology practices have taken with respect to recent Medicare imaging payment reductions, and 2) the impact that radiology benefit managers (RBMs) have had on practice/imaging center operations.

The aggregated results of the survey will be used in advocacy to oppose future Medicare payment cuts to imaging and the introduction of prior-authorization in the Medicare program. The survey closes on Friday, Oct. 5.

If you received the email invitation, please support our effort and follow the instructions provided to complete the survey. If you have questions about the survey or are interested in participating, please contact Matt Carnovale of Sage Computing at mcarnovale@sagecomputing.com or 703.742.7881, extension 311.More

Save the date for RBMA's 2013 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
The following dates and location have been set. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the most dynamic and informative radiology marketing seminar offered in the industry!

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 10-12, 2013
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas

Plus the 8th annual presentation of the Quest Awards will take place on March 11, 2013. Entry applications will be available Jan. 1, 2013.More

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

ADVOCATE returns to the Inc. 500|5000 list for the third year in a row
Inc. Magazine has ranked ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, on its annual 500|5000 list of America's fastest-growing, privately held companies for the third year in a row.More

DR Systems launches radiology EHR for Meaningful Use compliance
DR Systems
DR Systems announced that its cloud-based ambulatory EHR for radiologists — the e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging solution — is now commercially available after successfully completing beta testing.More

MBMS named title sponsor of RBMA's Northeast Chapter
MBMS is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year it will be the title sponsor for the RBMA's Northeast Chapter (for the years 2012 and 2013). The chapter's next daylong educational meeting will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. MBMS is looking forward to providing support to both the chapter and its members in an ongoing effort to create and sustain a long, mutually rewarding partnership.More

New payment models and the radiology practice
Imaging Biz
In the short term, radiology practices might have less to fear from the accountable-care organization than from a similar term: the acute-care episode. That is the contention of Ed Gaines, JD, chief compliance officer for Medical Management Professionals Inc., Atlanta, Ga. "CMS is now posting savings from the ACE demonstration project, and that is a stark difference from what we are seeing with ACOs," he says.More

Automatic budget cuts will reduce Medicare payments by $11 billion
Kaiser Health News
Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion beginning in January as part of a series of automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The numbers came in a report that details how federal agencies would implement roughly $110 billion in mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts agreed to by Congress and President Barack Obama last August.More

Radiologists' new approach to managed care contracts
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
In today's ever changing world of imaging providers, gone are the days of maximizing volume to make up for low reimbursement rates. A once straightforward business process is now a complex myriad of possibilities. Utilization management practices and tougher scrutiny from benefit management companies and insurance carriers is now the catalyst for change in radiology practice management strategy. More

Big iron may not be big driver of healthcare costs
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A new analysis of growth in healthcare costs at U.S. hospitals found that medical imaging technology accounted for only 5 percent of the growth in healthcare expenses, an amount that was dwarfed by the increasing cost of medical supplies, according to Health Services Research. Medical imaging has frequently been blamed for rising healthcare costs, but the study found that radiology costs accounted for only 4.9 percent of the growth in costs between 2001 and 2006.More

ICD-10: Time's up; no more excuses
Health Leaders Media
As worrisome as the final deadlines for use of ICD-10 codes are, it's time to devote significant resources to getting ready for them. Belittled in some quarters as a make-work, vendor-enriching government regulation, ICD-10 actually gets right to the heart of improving the quality of care.More

US state officials in stealth mode on health exchanges
Mississippi insurance commissioner Mike Chaney is in a tight spot. By law, he is required to implement Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. But as a Republican from deeply conservative Mississippi — one of 26 states that sued Washington over Obama's Affordable Care Act — Chaney is a target of critics who say he is betraying his party.More