Sep. 24, 2013

RBMA 360: Career Center front and center
Now when you visit the RBMA website, featured jobs from the the RBMA Career Center are posted on the homepage. Click on the position of interest and you will be taken directly to the job description and pertinent information.

Our full-service Career Center is designed especially for employers and job seekers involved in the business of radiology, including vendors who support the radiology industry through offering products and services.

Job seekers may create a job seeker account, set up automated email job alerts and post resumes anonymously.

Employers can post multiple positions and receive resume alerts of recently uploaded resumes. RBMA members may post positions at a discounted rate.

Posting your positions and resumes on the RBMA Career Center will give you great exposure to a wide array of candidates and exciting opportunities in our professional community.

For more information on job postings in the Career Center, you can access the entire Career Center here.More

Earn CEUs at the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Register to attend the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course and earn the following continuing education units:

Space is still available. Register today.

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

Click here for details.More

RBMA to present Associated Sciences courses at RSNA
The RSNA Associated Sciences Consortium is responsible for developing education programs targeted to the members of the 11 associations that represent the various disciplines that function within the radiology department. RBMA is once again supporting the Associated Sciences Consortium and will be presenting two courses at RSNA. If you are attending RSNA, please support fellow members by attending the following:


Botwinick ethics prize awarded to IMAGINE software chairman
IMAGINE Software
Michael J. Hershman, chairman of the board for IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, was recently honored with the prestigious Benjamin Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics.More

UC San Diego Health System selects iConnect® Access to image-enable EPIC
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that UC San Diego Health System has selected Merge's iConnect® Access to image-enable their EPIC EHR.More

Downey Breast Clinic selects PowerServer RIS/PACS/MU to manage workflow and attest for meaningful use
Located in Southeast Los Angeles County, Downey Breast Clinic in Downey, Calif., is a specialty imaging center that focuses solely on providing mammography services to the local community and surrounding areas. They recently selected PowerServer RIS/PACS/MU to manage their imaging center's workflow and to gather the necessary data to attest for meaningful use.More

The business case for virtual urgent care
HealthLeaders Media
A telemedicine service priced at only $35 a visit creates a new access point for patients and averts ED visits. Can healthcare be made faster, better, and cheaper all at the same time?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. The court in Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp. concluded that federal law protects some employee Facebook content from unauthorized access.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.More

Integrating imaging informatics in a health system: Part 1
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The recent wave of healthcare consolidation is creating provider networks with a patchwork of imaging informatics technology — from PACS to RIS to 3D — that can present major integration headaches. North Shore-LIJ Health System recently faced such a task and shared its experience in conquering integration challenges. As the institution worked toward its goal of a system-wide integrated imaging environment, NSLIJ learned the value of organization-wide standards and policies, and the need for collaboration between radiology IT and hospital IT staff and with external clinical departments. More

Imaging-center growth hits the wall in 2013
Radiology Business Journal
Persistent decreases in outpatient imaging reimbursement and a dramatic decline in volume finally took their toll on the imaging-center market, with a resulting 3.65 percent decline in the total number of freestanding outpatient imaging centers. This is the first contraction since the dip that followed the stock-market crash in 2009. Over 10 years, the freestanding outpatient imaging-center market has exhibited consistent year-over-year increases (except in 2009) in the number of centers. More

How much are you leaving on the table? Improving your practice's after-tax financial efficiency
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
Most radiologists strive to achieve two goals in their practice — to "do good," by being a quality practitioner and helping patients; and to "do well" in terms of financial rewards. Unfortunately, as to the second goal, many radiologists do not operate their practices with optimal after-tax efficiency. In fact, we often see doctors leaving tens of thousands of dollars "on the table" each year — which can equate to nearly $1 million of lost wealth over a career.More

Healthcare reform could launch despite a federal shutdown
The Christian Science Monitor
U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform on Oct. 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program's introduction. Several officials running new state-based insurance exchanges that are due to open for enrollment next month said they expected to have access to funds in the case of a shutdown.More

Healthcare spending to equal one-fifth of GDP by 2022
Health Imaging
Healthcare spending in the U.S. will grow at an average annual rate of 5.8 percent from 2012 through 2022, which is 1.0 percentage point faster than projected gross domestic product growth, according to an article published online ahead of print in Health Affairs. At that rate, healthcare's share of GDP by 2022 will rise to 19.9 percent, up from 17.9 percent in 2011. More