Oct. 2, 2012

Come celebrate the grand opening of the Fall Educational Conference
For the first time, RBMA is offering a one-night only pass to any individual who would like to visit the Exhibit Hall and celebrate the grand opening. The pass is valid from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 only.

Only attendees with valid badges will be admitted into the Exhibit Hall.

The one-night pass can be pre-purchased online here by 5 p.m. ET Oct. 5 or onsite at the Fall Educational Conference.

See you in Arizona.

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 7-10
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.

Click here for details on the RBMA Fall Educational Conference.More

Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) credits will be offered at the Fall Educational Conference
In July, the American College of Radiology launched its brand new Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI). RBMA is proud to have been the first affiliate member of the RLI, and we are pleased to announce that several Fall Educational Conference sessions have been approved for RLI credit. Want to know more about the RLI? Click here. The RLI credit claim form is available on both the Fall Educational Conference app as well as the restricted attendee website.More

Join RBMA by Oct. 15 and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12
Encourage your colleagues to join RBMA and receive three months FREE. In addition, new Active and Second members will qualify to receive the RBMA Briefcase — a brief sample of RBMA benefits to use immediately.

What's in it for you? If you refer a member, you are eligible for rewards under our Member-Get-A-Member Program.

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Legal resources for RBMA members and friends
A big thank you goes out to the law firm of MacDonald Hopkins, LLC, for providing a monthly legal column in RadCast for the last two years. RBMA members have greatly benefited by having access to legal solutions or updates on timely issues.

Now friends and colleagues of RBMA members can access these valuable legal resources on the RBMA website. Pass along stories on EHR incentive payments, compliance and more!

View RBMA's Legal Resources here. For more news and alerts, visit the MacDonald Hopkins website.More

The inaugural International Day of Radiology is Nov. 8
The inaugural International Day of Radiology on Nov. 8 marks the anniversary of the 1895 discovery of the X-ray and the tremendous advances in patient care made possible by radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical imaging.

IDoR joint sponsors — the American College of Radiology, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) — will host international activities to mark the event, together with 66 medical societies in 38 countries.

ACR chapters, participating societies and all radiology facilities are encouraged to participate by using the customizable tools found here.More

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

IMAGINE Software acquires ClickCom
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, announced the successful acquisition of ClickCom, a digital marketing, web design and hosting company.More

Infinx Healthcare signs agreement on its third delivery center
Infinx Healthcare
Infinx Healthcare, a trusted partner to the healthcare billing community, recently signed an agreement for opening its third delivery center located in the MindSpace facility at Shamshabad, Hyderabad (India), which is in close proximity to the Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport. This new center has the capacity to accommodate 700 employees over multiple shifts.More

Obama vs. Romney on healthcare platforms
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faced off this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, which published commentaries from both presidential candidates, who detailed their platforms and visions for the future of healthcare. Both candidates agreed healthcare is one of America's great strengths, yet one of the biggest challenges, and pointed to high costs as challenges.More

Medicare's pay for performance effort begins
Kaiser Health News
As of Oct. 1, Medicare is withholding 1 percent of its regular hospital reimbursements in the new Value-Based Purchasing Program, which was created by the 2010 healthcare law. Over the course of the year, money will be returned to some hospitals based on how well they follow clinical guidelines for basic care and how they fare in patient satisfaction surveys.More

Healthcare spending driven by prices, not use
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
A new report on healthcare utilization at private U.S. insurance companies indicates that despite some increases in utilization, healthcare spending growth between 2010 and 2011 was driven by prices charged by providers — and that radiology's spending growth actually decreased. The report by the Health Care Cost Institute found that per-capita spending for those with employer-sponsored insurance increased by 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011.More

The benefits of teleradiology as practice support
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
For many radiology groups today, caution still exists when considering aligning with a teleradiology practice. This uncertainty ranges from a perceived threat to their business, to quality assurance and access concerns. While there are a variety of issues that could serve as potential roadblocks, in reality, teleradiology offers tangible advantages, such as reduced overhead, improved morale and the capacity to grow a practice.More

Patient non-compliance a pricey problem
Health Leaders Media
Though there is a great deal of discussion about the $750 billion that the U.S. spends annually on ordering unnecessary medical procedures, the financial waste resulting from patient non-compliance gets less press. Hospital financial leaders are all too aware of the scope of the problem, however.More

Patient advocates come to the aid of imaging
Imaging Biz
As elected officials hunt for possible savings in the Federal budget to fund various end-of-year priorities — including at least a temporary fix to for the Sustainable Growth Rate cuts to Medicare physician reimbursement scheduled for Jan. 1 — it is vital that policy makers have a correct picture of current levels of imaging utilization, says Brian Connell, director of Government Relations for the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance.More