Sep. 23, 2014

RBMA member benefit: Practice Leadership Team Bundle — Treat your physician to a free trial of RBMA membership!
Any administrator or practice manager member in good standing with RBMA, who is also a Primary (ACT) member, can add up to two physicians to their "Practice Leadership Team" membership for free in 2014. The physician memberships will renew in 2015 for a discounted rate of $150 each.

Physician members will receive all of their benefits electronically. Use this form to add your two complimentary physician members for 2014!

Only one Practice Leadership Team Bundle per practice. This promotion is only good for physicians who are not currently members of RBMA. We will not issue refunds for any current physician members. If you would like to take advantage of this discounted membership bundle in 2015, please contact membership manager Jessica Struve. More

The deadline to reserve your room at the Fall Educational Conference hotel is Sept. 25
The RBMA room block is close to selling out. In order to reserve a room, you must be registered for the Fall Educational Conference. Register today to receive your confirmation containing the hotel code to use when reserving your room. Click here for more information on hotel availability.More

The deadline to register for the Fall Educational Conference at the discounted rate is Sept. 26
Don't miss the debut of the new Fall Educational Conference designed to provide higher level learning and in-depth coverage of topics affecting the business of radiology today.

Join the leading professional organization for advancing the business of radiology for two and a half days of a rich knowledge-based curriculum and collegial camaraderie.

Don't delay. Register today and save!

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

In search of volunteers for program assisting new members and first-time attendees at the Fall Educational Conference
RBMA is looking for veteran conference attendees who are attending the RBMA Fall Educational Conference in Seattle, Wash., and who are interested in serving as a conference concierge to new members and first-time attendees.

A conference concierge is a veteran conference attendee who is matched with a new member or first time conference attendee to assist with conference questions, networking, session selection or any other questions one might have about an RBMA conference.

Through the program, created by the RBMA Membership Committee, a conference concierge is matched up with a new member or first-time attendee who has requested a CC prior to the RBMA conference (both Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference). The pair will meet in person at the new member reception, held on the opening day of the conference, prior to the grand opening festivities.

To volunteer as a conference concierge for the 2014 Fall Educational Conference or to request to be paired with a concierge, please select the appropriate options in the "Special Programs" section when registering. If you've already registered and did not include those options, please email us at membership@rbma.org to be included in the program.More

Sign up for Extreme Radiology and the Interventions in Modern Warfare — a session to be live streamed from the Fall Educational Conference
Once again, RBMA will be broadcasting a 90-minute conference session via streaming media from the Fall Educational Conference. Sponsored by Imagine Software, Extreme Radiology and the Interventions in Modern Warfare, with Ron Boucher, MD, is a powerful session that will expose you to the efforts of both American and coalition medical teams currently operating in Afghanistan, as these teams provide medical care to sick and wounded coalition forces (including Afghan National Army personnel) as well as many Afghan civilians. The presentation serves to elucidate the tremendous work being carried out each day by this international team, as well as to recognize the tremendous sacrifices being made each day by the soldiers on the battlefield.

All RBMA members may participate in the live-stream session at no cost! Please be sure to register here to obtain the login information.

If you would like to see the live presentation register to attend the Fall Educational Conference today!More

Meet with industry experts at the ACR-RBMA 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 Friday, Oct. 17, and a question-and-answer period on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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

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

Thank you to our sponsors.More

In the same boat
In radiology, it is a well-known fact that in recent years the field has endured some of the steepest cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement of any medical specialty. As margins for imaging centers shrink, investing in new equipment and business resources becomes more difficult, and vendors feel the pinch as well.More

Willis-Knighton Health System selects Merge cardiology and interoperability solutions for enterprise imaging, advanced clinical reporting and simplified workflow
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, announced Willis-Knighton Health System, a large non-profit community healthcare organization with four hospitals in the Shreveport and Bossier City, La., area comprising a 600-plus physician network, has selected Merge's enterprise-wide cardiology and interoperability solutions to simplify workflow and advance clinical reporting and analytics.More

MedInformatix helps Pueblo Medical Imaging expand
MedInformatix, an innovator in radiology information systems and electronic health records, and an established technology brand known for providing real-time real-impact data and workflow EHR solutions to the healthcare industry, is helping deliver new levels of EHR efficiency to Pueblo Medical Imaging, one of the fastest growing diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology service providers in the populous Las Vegas region.More

Incomplete documentation jeopardizes radiology payments
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Insufficient documentation is behind most improper payments, according to the government agencies responsible for policing Medicare program claims. Those same agencies, which include programs operated by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, repeatedly advise healthcare providers that they can avoid errors by complying with documentation requirements, including those in local coverage determinations.More

Outcomes based incomes: Macro-trends and the move to imaging value
Imaging Biz
Over the past 20 years, the radiology specialty has adapted well to increasing volumes, while maintaining a high caliber of service. However, certain macro-trends are bringing change: the move to fee-for-value vs. fee-for-volume means radiologists must navigate a new and radically different healthcare payment environment, says Brian Baker, founder and CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based healthcare research firm Carealytics.More

Conquer Stage 2 of the EHR incentive program: 5 tips
Physicians Practice (registration required)
When CMS and the ONC issued a final rule for the second stage of meaningful use on Aug. 29, only 3,125 eligible providers had already attested to it. More specifically, out of the thousands of eligible providers who should have been attesting for Stage 2, only about 4 percent had done so. The reason: complicated and demanding government requirements. More

How much does that x-ray cost? You can find out in New Hampshire
Kaiser Health News
When Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield became embroiled in a contract dispute with Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire in 2010, its negotiators came to the table armed with a new weapon: public data showing the hospital was one of the most expensive in the state for some services. Local media covering the dispute also spotlighted the hospital’s higher costs, using public data from a state website. When the dust settled, the insurer had extracted $10 million in concessions from Exeter. More