Sept. 27, 2011

Friday is last day to register online for Fall Educational Conference
Plan ahead and register for the Fall Educational Conference by this Friday!

Registrations will be taken onsite only after that date.

RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19

ARIA Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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ACR-RBMA Forum attendance almost at capacity
Seats for the ACR-RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology are filling fast! Online registration for this program will close on Oct. 7. After that date registrations will only be taken onsite. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in one of the industry's only seminars designed for both radiologists and practice managers!

Register today.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16

ARIA Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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FREE webinar for RBMA members: Accurate Coding of Nuclear Medicine Procedures
Learn or review the basic principles of nuclear medicine coding, choosing the appropriate code and understanding the various acronyms and combinations important for nuclear medicine procedures.

This webinar is taught by Denise A. Merlino, MBA, CNMT, FSNMTS, CPC, a nationally recognized nuclear medicine coding expert. She has expertise in medical imaging, drug and radiopharmaceutical reimbursement, hospital and physician office administration, pharmaceutical marketing and payor relations.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
1-2 p.m., ET

This webinar is jointly produced by the RBMA and the AHRA and is being generously sponsored and hosted by Advance for Imaging & Radiation Oncology.
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Applications for vRad Education Scholarships for 2012 now available
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with RBMA to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

The first scholarships were awarded to three RBMA members who will attend the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference.

vRad will provide three more $1,500 scholarships to RBMA members who have not previously attended an RBMA conference. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting.

The next three scholarships will be awarded to use toward the following 2012 RBMA programs:

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Announcing 2011 Best Practices in Radiology Quality and Economics Awards
An award from RBMA, AHRA and Health Imaging

Get recognized for the impact you've made in 2011!

The Best Practices in Radiology Quality and Economics Awards honor the best radiology practices, groups or departments for their work in using imaging in a meaningful way to improve quality of care and patient outcomes, increase efficiency across the department or facility, reduce costs and drive lasting economic benefits.

An expert panel of radiology administrators and business managers from AHRA and RBMA and editors from Health Imaging will choose up to five winners, who will receive a cash award of $1,000 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Health Imaging. Winners will be honored at a joint AHRA-RBMA event at the RSNA annual meeting in November in Chicago. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

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Last day to apply for final RCC Exam of year is Oct. 10
The last test dates for 2011 are Nov. 14-18. Applications must be in the RCCB office no later than Oct. 10. RCCB has made the process to become certified easier by offering computer-based testing at multiple locations nationwide.

Don't delay! Step up and stand out by making a clear commitment to your career goals!

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Be prepared — purchase ICD-10-CM Toolkit
The ICD-10-CM Toolkit is designed to give you all the tools needed to prepare your practice for the implementation of ICD-10. It contains a customizable model implementation plan and educational materials to help document the information needed for ICD-10 coding and a full range of staff training. Collaborated and produced by RBMA and Coding Strategies.

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

Zotec Partners merges with Medical Business Service, Inc.
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announced it is merging with Medical Business Service, Inc., one of Florida's largest and most respected medical billing companies with a 50-year history of serving hospital-based practices.More

ADVOCATE returns to list of fastest growing, privately held companies
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 second year in a row.More

ACR to Joint Select Committee: Imaging cuts may increase costs
Imaging Biz
Imaging cuts in the Obama administration's deficit reduction proposal would restrict patient access to care and may actually increase costs, asserts the American College of Radiology. "The ACR urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reject the administration's imaging recommendations," the statement says.More

MGMA: Doctors trim practice expenses, but operating costs soar
Health Leaders Media
Medical practices cut operating expenses 2.2 percent in 2010, a survey from the Medical Group Management Association shows. The report — Cost Survey for Multispecialty Practices: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data — also found that since 2001 general operating costs have increased nearly 53 percent to $252,629, exceeding revenue gains in the decade. More

Obama deficit plan includes $1.3 billion cuts to imaging
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
President Barack Obama's plan to tame the U.S. budget deficit includes $320 billion in health savings over the next 10 years — $1.3 billion of which would come from cuts to medical imaging, according to the proposal. The cuts would come from updates to Medicare payments to "more appropriately account" for utilization of advanced imaging, as well as mandatory prior authorization.More

CMS creates new system of records for shared savings programs
Health Imaging & IT
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, is establishing a new system of records to support its shared savings programs, the first of which are the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model.More

What bundled payments could mean for radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The way you receive reimbursement for your services could soon transform. There are two problems, however: no one is sure to what degree it will change, and radiologists haven't really had a voice in the conversation. More

A fair trade-off?
Imaging Economics
Over the last several years, the medical imaging community has experienced a number of government-enforced reimbursement cuts. Most recently, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has announced medical imaging cuts.More

Report: 9 of 10 radiologists could qualify for meaningful use incentives
DotMed News
Knowledge is power, and it can also provide a significant return for the radiology specialty — to the tune of $1.5 billion, according to a September article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Many radiologists erroneously think they will not qualify for "meaningful use" incentives. More

GOP candidates push state role in health care
Kaiser Health News
Exchanges on health policy were limited in the most recent Republican presidential debate, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney once again lashed out at each other on the issue and Rep. Michele Bachmann renewed her criticism of Perry's efforts to get Texas children vaccinated against HPV.More