Oct. 14, 2014

Come to Seattle this weekend for two giant events!
Register on-site for two of the most important radiology business events you can attend before the end of the year.

The ACR-RBMA Forum brings physicians and administrators together to focus on practice improvement and thriving in the new value paradigm.

The RBMA Fall Educational Conference attracts practice managers nationwide and will offer in-depth education on leadership, marketing, operations management and more!

Oct. 17-18 Oct. 19-22
ACR-RBMA Forum RBMA Fall Educational Conference
W Seattle Hotel The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Wash. Seattle, Wash.

Watch Extreme Radiology and the Interventions in Modern Warfare, with Ron Boucher, MD, live via streaming video!
RBMA will be broadcasting a 90-minute conference session via streaming media from the Fall Educational Conference, at 1 p.m. PT Sunday, Oct. 19. Sponsored by Imagine Software, Extreme Radiology and the Interventions in Modern Warfare, with Ron Boucher, MD, is a powerful session that will expose you to the efforts of both American and coalition medical teams currently operating in Afghanistan, as these teams provide medical care to sick and wounded coalition forces (including Afghan National Army personnel) as well as many Afghan civilians. The presentation serves to elucidate the tremendous work being carried out each day by this international team, as well as to recognize the tremendous sacrifices being made each day by the soldiers on the battlefield.

All RBMA members may participate in the live-stream session at no cost! Please be sure to register here to obtain the login information.

If you would like to see the live presentation register on-site to attend the Fall Educational Conference!More

Free conference registration awarded to 'Edit Your Profile' campaign winner!
Sincere thanks to those of you who took the time to update your profile either as part of your participation in the Members Assessment Survey or during our August Edit Profile campaign! A drawing was held for those members who met the requirements and our lucky winner was Kris Harvey of Central Oregon Radiology Associates, PC, who won a free registration to the Fall Educational Conference in Seattle, Wash.

Remember to keep your RBMA record up to date and Edit Your Profile when it's most convenient for you!

Please contact us with questions or concerns at membership@rbma.org.More

Register for a three-part webinar series offered complimentary to RBMA members
Sponsored by Merge Software, attend one, two or all three webinars. Please note the first webinar will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Oct. 15
1-2 p.m. CT
New Interoperability Expectations for Radiology: How mandates, standards and technology are driving increased clinical data movement

Oct. 28
1-2 p.m. CT
Image Interoperability: If images are considered part of the health record, you need strategies for the overall management of them as they move to whatever point of care is needed

Nov. 12
1-2 p.m. CT
Health Information Interoperability: IDNs, HIEs, referring practices and even patients are demanding new accessibility to health information. How can you accommodate?

Register here.More

Diagnostic Imaging announces inaugural 'Top People to Watch in Radiology' contest
UBM Medica US announces that Diagnostic Imaging, a leading online community for medical imaging professionals, presents its inaugural "Top People to Watch in Radiology" contest.

The contest profiles a radiologist, technologist, researcher, and group proven to be superstars in medical imaging. Nominees will be accepted through Oct. 24. Nominations will then be announced and readers will vote on who should receive the honors in each category.

People who send in nominations will also be entered to win a $100 gift card.

Are you watching a person or group for the great work they are doing in medical imaging? Please help us spread the word.More

CMS schedules testing weeks for ICD-10
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced plans to hold three separate testing weeks during which "trading partners" (physician practices, hospitals and other healthcare providers) may try out submitting claims using International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes.More

Physicians Business Network offers top services in radiology practice management
Physicians Business Network
At the upcoming RBMA Fall Educational Conference, Physicians Business Network, an event sponsor, will be on hand to communicate the benefits of its services to radiology practitioners from across the country.More

The new business model in healthcare
Radiology Business Journal
Now that we're reaching the one year mark of the official launch of the health insurance exchange, critics and supporters continue to debate whether or not healthcare reform is reforming anything. According to an article in Forbes, something much bigger is happening. Whatever you think of its merits, the Affordable Care Act is reshaping American healthcare, radically altering business models that hadn't changed in decades.More

Rising use of cardiac stress tests with imaging racks up $500 million in excess costs
Health Imaging
Utilization of cardiac stress tests with imaging has been rising over the past 20 years, with more than one-third of such tests likely to be inappropriate, according to a study published in the Oct. 7 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. These inappropriate tests were associated with annual costs of more than $500 million. More

PACS paradigm shift: Part 3 — The advent of PACS 3.0
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
In the new PACS paradigm, it is no longer appropriate to preface PACS with a department identifier. The new PACS paradigm applies equally to any department that creates medical images. At present, the PACS 3.0 market is clearly in the "innovators" stage of Geoffrey Moore's technology adoption curve.More

A love-hate relationship with EHRs
Physicians Practice (registration required)
By Daniel Essin, MA, MD: I took a class in computer programming 47 years ago. Within the first 20 minutes, everything became crystal clear; as if I'd always known it. I've been programming and exploring/researching computer science ever since. In 1981, I turned my attention to medical records. More

No increase in Medicare Part B premiums
The Hill
Premiums and deductibles in Medicare Part B will remain the same next year, saving seniors more than $125 compared with projections, federal health officials said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services touted the news as a boon to seniors and evidence that ObamaCare is successfully slowing the growth of healthcare costs. More