Oct. 11, 2011

Record-breaking attendance expected at Fall Educational Conference
Join many of your colleagues for the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference in Las Vegas next week. With a sold-out exhibit hall, a superb educational program and an awesome location on the famous Las Vegas Strip, the RBMA Fall Educational Conference is guaranteed to be a winner. Registration will be accepted onsite.

Be there.

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Fall Educational Conference LIVE on Facebook
Follow the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference highlights as they happen on RBMA's Facebook page. Access the page directly from www.rbma.org under What's New!

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Fall Educational Conference materials
An email was sent to Fall Educational Conference attendees on Friday, Oct. 7, with a link to a Web page containing conference handouts, continuing education forms, an attendee list and more. If you did not receive this link, please contact info@rbma.org.More

Register onsite for ACR-RBMA Forum
Online registration is closed, but there are still a few seats left for the ACR RBMA Forum. Registration will be available onsite.

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

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

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Space still available for Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Onsite registration opens Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m. in the foyer outside of the Ironwood Ballroom 6. Continental breakfast is available for registrants before the first-day session begins promptly at 9 a.m. This course will end at 4 p.m. and resume on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 15-16

Aria Resort & Casino
CityCenter, Las Vegas

The Interventional Radiology Coding Course is part of the RBMA Coding Academy and sponsored by

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Find out how to L.E.A.D. With Trust during half day pre-conference session
Register onsite at the RBMA Registration Desk to attend a half day seminar on Sunday, Oct. 16, that will teach leaders how to establish a trusting environment in their practice that will result in better staff loyalty and performance.

Join Wally Hauck, Ph.D., Certified Speaking Professional, as he leads attendees through the necessary steps to create an optimal work environment.More

Save the date: ACR Update eSeminar
Mark your calendars for the wrap up ACR Update eSeminar on Dec. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Watch for details at www.rbma.org.More

Get involved with RBMA! Become a candidate for 2012-2013 Board of Directors
The RBMA Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for open RBMA Board of Directors positions for 2012-2013. Candidates are individuals who have a vision for RBMA and the leadership skills to help implement RBMA's strategic plan. RBMA seeks individuals who are interested in participating in the leadership of the Association and who are willing to help define RBMA's future.

If you would like to be considered for a board position, please complete the candidate questionnaire found online here. To learn more about serving on the RBMA Board of Directors, please consult RBMA's Call for Candidates packet. If you know of someone with leadership skills and an organizational vision for RBMA, please consider nominating that person. The nomination form can be found online here.

Candidate questionnaires and nominations must be received by Oct. 31.More

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.

Awards are sponsored by Toshiba America Medical Systems.

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

Tort reform: Coming to a theater near you?
According to a 2007-2008 survey by the American Medical Association, 61 percent of physicians age 55 and older have been sued at some point in their careers and almost 40 percent have been sued more than once. In 2009, 64 percent of the medical malpractice lawsuits that closed that year were dropped, withdrawn or dismissed.More

Final rule on Medicaid RAC program released
Providers can soon add the state-administered Medicaid RAC program to their list of potential auditors. On Sept. 16, CMS published the Final Rule for the Medicaid Recovery Audit Program in the Federal Register. The regulations promulgated by the Final Rule take effect on Jan. 1. Like the Medicare RAC program, the Medicaid RAC program will identify overpayments and underpayments and recoup identified overpayments from providers.More

IRS rolls out worker classification program
Does your business have an independent contractor issue? If your group, imaging center or diagnostic testing facility utilizes independent contractors, you may have an independent contractor issue.More

NLRB general counsel outlines federal protections for employee social media activity
The Office of General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board recently issued a sprawling report on the interaction of employee social media activity and the National Labor Relations Act. The report provides some useful guidance for employers grappling with employee social media activity, an issue with implications that range from the legal (for example, employee disclosure of confidential information, including Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) to the personal (defamatory statements about business owners and supervisors).More

New eBook first to provide sought-after answers to Meaningful Use for radiology
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare announced the release of the "Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology" — the industry's leading resource written specifically for radiologists. The "Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology" was presented for the first time to an audience of more than 500 healthcare professionals at the Merge Live 2011 Client Conference.More

University of Texas system selects CodeRyte for computer-assisted coding
CodeRyte, Inc.
CodeRyte, Inc., the leading supplier of Natural Language Processing technologies in healthcare, announced that the University of Texas system has chosen CodeRyte as the preferred source of computer-assisted coding for its health institutions and associated facilities.More

Zotec Partners receives billing services renewal from nation's second largest private radiology group
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announces it has received a multi-year contract extension from Radiology Associates of North Texas, PA, formerly Radiology Associates of Tarrant County.More

Imaging groups to Congress: Reject prior authorization proposal
Imaging Biz
Two key imaging groups — The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition — are prevailing upon Congress to reject the proposal by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association that Medicare use prior authorization for advanced imaging services. More

NEJM: Proper Medicare spending, saving is moving pendulum
Health Imaging & IT
The shift in the driver of baseline spending growth away from increases in spending per beneficiary toward demographic changes has important policy implications for Medicare, according to a perspective paper published Oct. 6 in The New England Journal of Medicine.More

Lawmaker letter to 'supercommittee' makes case for SGR repeal
Health Leaders Media
Congressional support to repeal the sustainable growth rate program is growing. Some 114 members of Congress, including 21 Republicans, have signed a bipartisan letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, asking the committee to repeal the unpopular Medicare physician payment system.More

How hospitals prepare for health IT in an ACO world
Fierce Healthcare
A survey by consulting firm Beacon Partners found that even though most hospital executives (92 percent) were planning an accountable care organization, almost half (48 percent) of them didn't know how an ACO would affect their own organization and whether it would improve care.More

10 correctable mistakes to improve billing, Part 1
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
It’s impossible to read a newspaper or journal that has to do with medicine that doesn't also include information about reimbursements being cut. Business managers are doing everything possible to improve billing. So, why do many radiologists and practices still make easily correctable mistakes? More

FDA, Medicare to review medical devices in tandem
Reuters Health via Aunt Minnie (registration required)
U.S. health officials are launching a trial of a program meant to speed up Medicare payment decisions for new medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration will review new products in parallel with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agencies said.More

Florida readies its own health insurance exchange
Kaiser Health News
Florida, which is fighting to overturn the federal health overhaul, is preparing to launch an insurance marketplace early next year that looks like a distant cousin of the ones being created under the federal law. Florida's version aims to give small businesses — those with 50 or fewer employees — an online tool where they can easily shop for health plans offered in their county. More

Collaboration center facilitates development of nuclear imaging agents
Imaging Economics
Approximately 1.7 million clinical PET studies were performed in the country in 2010, with 94 percent of them using radiopharmaceuticals that were purchased from an outside vendor, according to a recent report released by IMV Medical Information Division. The remaining 6 percent used agents from on-site cyclotrons. More