Oct. 8, 2013

Special offer for the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course ends Friday!
This Friday, Oct. 11, will be the last day to take advantage of the registration and hotel stay package for the RBMA Interventional Radiology Coding Course.

The special RBMA package includes:

Register today!

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

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RBMA mini-Survey: Does your hospital contract include stipends or quality measures?
RBMA is conducting a mini-Survey designed to collect information on hospital stipend types and amounts, elimination of stipends, quality measure types, and potential and actual bonus amounts for meeting or exceeding the quality measure standards. Responses are confidential, and will be reported only in aggregated form.

Because it collects actual stipend amounts and potential and actual quality measure incentive bonus amounts, the time to complete the mini-Survey will depend on the applicability of those questions to your practice and the availability of the data, but should require no more than 10-15 minutes for most respondents.

The mini-Survey will be open to RBMA members until Oct. 25.

An invitation with a link to access the mini-Survey was emailed to all RBMA members yesterday; you can also access the mini-Survey through the RBMA website.More

RBMA 360: Resources for billing managers
RBMA 360 offers 360 degree of radiology resources for professionals in any radiology setting.

Radiology billing managers may now access resources especially for them listed under Billing on the RBMA website. Here billing managers may access RBMA's standard A/R definitions and formulas, key indicators of A/R and imaging center performance, a sample chart of accounts, and subscribe to and access DataMAXX.

In addition, RBMA 360 now has a quick, at-your-fingertips pull-down menu on the homepage that lists resources especially for billing managers in one place. Simply click on "I am a" on the homepage and then on "Billing Manager" for the most recent resources available.More

RBMA Compliance Training Series: A low cost approach to satisfy federal requirements for annual employee training
RBMA offers a low cost and convenient product for conducting annual employee compliance training. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow staff to obtain the necessary training at a convenient time, without interruption of normal workflow or the expense of holding an all employee training session. After successful completion of the testing, staff members who receive a passing grade of 80 percent will receive a certificate of completion.

Pricing varies depending on the number of staff.

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Join RBMA and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12
Encourage your colleagues to join RBMA and receive three months FREE. 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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FDA issues final guidance on mobile medical apps
Patients now more than ever want immediate answers to their health questions. What they have discovered is that typically there's an app for that — or there is a provider with plans to develop one.More

North Dakota amends data breach notification statute to include protected health information
Effective August 1, 2013, North Dakota House Bill 1435 modified North Dakota's "Notice of Security Breach for Personal Information statute" definitions section, codified as N.D. Century Code, section 51-30-01.More

Clicking the "Like" button on Facebook is protected First Amendment speech
Employers can no longer fire employees for clicking Facebook's ubiquitous blue thumbs-up symbol, as it is protected speech under the First Amendment.More

Who's driving this thing?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
As of this writing, the federal government is in "shutdown" status — whatever that means. It certainly doesn't seem to have muted the frequency, volume, or vehemence of utterances from various talking heads in our national leadership.More

Do patients even want digital health records?
Government Health IT
While the federal government is incentivizing healthcare providers to implement and use EHR systems, and ramping up patient engagement efforts, the question of how many patients actually want to use digitized health data remains. More

The Affordable Care Act's effect on medical billers
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Staunch proponents of Obamacare are joyously dancing in the streets amid a tickertape parade, while those who vehemently oppose its inception are hunkered down in a fury of nail-biting anger. I think the vast majority of the population, though, are in a fog of miscommunication, false hope, and maybe some unnecessary worry. More

Charleston Radiologists selects Merge Radiology and Honeycomb™ Solutions End-to-End Radiology Suite to drive efficiencies and support growth
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Imaging Specialists of Charleston and Charleston Radiologists, P.A. has selected Merge Healthcare's entire Merge Outpatient Radiology Suite as well as Merge Honeycomb™ Archive.More

How the government shutdown affects medical imaging
Imaging Biz
It is hard to measure the indirect impact on medical imaging from the overall negative economic consequences of a government shutdown. However, the direct impact on practical day-to-day business operations should be fairly small judging by the contingency plans of various government agencies. Reimbursement for caring for Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans' Administration patients will not be affected, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More

America's healthcare upheaval: Will it get better?
The Economist
In New York state, it's all go. Two weeks before launch a call center in Albany, the capital, buzzed with workers answering questions on Obamacare. An instructor in an adjacent room trained new employees in the strange language of healthcare acronyms (HIPAA, ACA, PHI, IAP and so on). New York, led by a Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, has implemented the president's healthcare plan with gusto. If New York is at one extreme, Texas is at the other.More

Costliest 1 percent of patients account for 21 percent of US health spending
Kaiser Health News
The costliest 1 percent of patients battling multiple chronic illnesses consumed 21 percent of the nearly $1.3 trillion Americans spent on healthcare in 2010, at a cost of nearly $88,000 per person. Five percent of patients accounted for 50 percent of all healthcare expenditures. By contrast, the bottom 50 percent of patients accounted for just 2.8 percent of spending that year, according to a recent report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.More

Don't forget technologists when adopting PACS
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiologic technologists have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers. What do technologists want from PACS? Perhaps unsurprisingly, a system they perceive to be easy to use, useful, and reliable, the researchers wrote in an article published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.More

Job forecast for rads to remain steady through 2016
Health Imaging
Demand for radiologists was flat in 2013 compared with 2012, and looks to remain stable through 2016, according to results of a survey of practice leaders published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The annual survey demonstrated a need for general radiologists, but also showed that most individuals will be hired because of subspecialization. More