Sep. 22, 2015

Register on-site for the Fall Educational Conference
Come down to Austin, Texas, this weekend and spend a couple of days with your colleagues and friends!

Online registration has closed, but we are still accepting registrations on-site. Don't miss an incredible lineup of speakers, including futurist Ian Morrison, PhD; Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FRBMA; and Paul Chang, MD!

See you in Austin!

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

Follow the Fall Educational Conference on Facebook
Can't attend the conference? See what you are missing by viewing photos that will be posted on our Facebook page daily. Be sure to "Like" RBMA on Facebook so you will be notified when updates are posted and, of course, can comment!

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Meet with industry experts at the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
In addition to a dynamic, didactic program geared toward physicians and their administrators, attendees will have multiple opportunities to speak one-on-one with expert faculty during a luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, followed by a panel question-and-answer period later that afternoon.

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

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

Register early and SAVE!

Plan ahead: Register to attend 2016 Radiology Procedure Code Updates webinar
Join Coding Strategies' Melody Mulaik as she discusses and examines key areas of concern for both diagnostic and interventional radiology services. 2016 will bring significant changes to both diagnostic and interventional radiology procedure coding.

Special pricing for RBMA members! Coding Strategies is extending a special price to RBMA members. There are two options:

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DataMAXX — Did you know? A/R Survey report on its way
The 2015 RBMA A/R Survey Excel® report will be sent to survey respondents soon. The tables in this report include "official" statistics for the eight key indicators and nine other indicators of accounts receivable management performance, which will be used for consistent results reporting. The most up-to-date results will always be available through DataMAXX. Access to basic report queries is provided at no charge to RBMA members who participated in the survey.

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

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