Oct. 4, 2011

Question of the week
On average, how many annual days of paid time off does a full-time, partner or shareholder radiologist earn in your private, non-academic radiology practice? PTO includes vacation, professional education and professional society meeting time.
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Are you actively pursuing participation in Meaningful Use of EHR technology initiatives for eligible professionals and, if yes, whom are you using to explore participation in the EHR Incentive Program?

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Forecast for Las Vegas in October: Superb
There is still time to make plans to come to Las Vegas for the RBMA Fall Educational Conference. Onsite registration will begin on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 8:30 a.m. Join friends and colleagues for superb education, company and accommodations!

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Looking to earn some continuing education credits before the year ends?
RBMA is pleased to offer the following types of continuing education credit at the Fall Educational Conference: Category A (ASRT), NASBA CPE, AAPC CEU, Category II (non-ACHE) credit, RCC CEU and RBMA continuing education credits. Keep track of the credits you earn at the Fall Educational Conference and then enter them into your RBMA online continuing education credit portal when you return to your office!

For details regarding continuing education credits, click here.More

Last day to register for the ACR-RBMA Forum is 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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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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Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.More

Tennessee Imaging Consultants signs contract with Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Medical Management Professionals, Inc., a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive full practice management contract with Tennessee Imaging Consultants, located in Springfield, Tenn.More

MSN contracts with Access Radiology for billing and practice management
Management Services Network, LLC
Management Services Network, LLC, announced that it has contracted with Access Radiology, a group of 24 radiologists covering the Lake Charles and Alexandria areas of Louisiana, to provide comprehensive billing and practice management services.More

PSC Info Group provides new suite of multi-channel billing and payment solutions
PSC Info Group
With U.S. hospitals and other healthcare providers facing expanding patient financial responsibility for healthcare costs, PSC Info Group has introduced a suite of billing and payment solutions to help business offices deploy multiple strategies to connect with their patients while facilitating account resolution and faster patient payments.More

Inc. Magazine recognizes GeBBS Healthcare Solutions for third consecutive year
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare Revenue Cycle Management outsourcing, announced that GeBBS has been ranked No. 509 in Inc. 5000 magazine's exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the third year in a row that the New Jersey-based Healthcare Business Process Outsourcing firm has been included in the ranking. GeBBS was also ranked 32nd among healthcare companies.More

Meaningful use, legacy systems may spark RIS market
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The combination of an installed base with rapidly aging software and a push to meet U.S. IT meaningful use requirements bodes well for the U.S. RIS market, according to a new report from healthcare technology research and advisory firm CapSite.More

Healthcare organizations ill-prepared to protect patient data, privacy
Imaging Biz
A majority of healthcare organizations remain underprepared to safeguard patient privacy and secure patient data in the wake of new uses for digital health information and expanded access to confidential patient information, reveals a report released by Price Waterhouse Coopers Health Research Institute in New York City.More

Maximizing profits in hospital-based radiology practices, Part 3
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Increased regulations and higher fixed costs have many private radiology clinics across the U.S. choosing to affiliate with local hospitals or healthcare systems. Doing so, however, has raised new questions on the revenue side. Does it become easier or more difficult for a radiology practice to maximize its financial efficiency once it joins a larger healthcare system? What are the pitfalls — and the opportunities?More

Fight over healthcare law heads toward Supreme Court
Los Angeles Times
The constitutional clash over President Obama's national healthcare law moved closer to the Supreme Court when both the administration and Republican state's attorneys separately asked the justices to hand down a verdict early next year. Both sides in the legal battle cut short their time for filing their appeal petitions in the high court, and both said they were anxious for a final ruling.More

Analysts: Hospital mass layoffs on the rise
The Advisory Board Company
The sluggish economy and looming provider payment cuts have driven more hospitals to consider reducing staff as a way to stabilize their bottom lines. According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, there were 13 hospital mass layoffs— defined as involving 50 or more employees — in August, resulting in 1,085 initial unemployment benefit claims. More

Employers face higher healthcare costs for next year
The Baltimore Sun
Healthcare costs rose faster than inflation and wages this year — a trend that will hit home for many workers in the next several weeks as employers offer open enrollment. Employers usually pick up much of the tab for health insurance, but many are expected to shift more of this growing burden onto workers next year. That means employees are likely to see higher premiums and deductibles.More

Why the nurses' strike isn't just a California problem
Fierce Healthcare
The troubles that plague California hospitals may have organizations elsewhere thanking their lucky stars that they aren't facing strikes (or a similar patient death due to a medical error attracting the media storm). But other hospitals would be wise to remember that, like lightning, strikes can happen anywhere.More

Survey: Hospitalists' compensation on the rise
Health Imaging
Hospitalists can breathe a sigh of relief this year in terms of compensation, according to the latest survey released by the Medical Group Management Association and the Society of Hospital Medicine. The State of Hospital Medicine 2011 report showed that median compensation for hospitalists practicing adult medicine increased from $215,000 to $220,619 in 2010.More