Oct. 16, 2012

RBMA launches DataMAXX at the Fall Educational Conference
RBMA Executive Director Mike Mabry announced the launch of a new members-only data warehouse for RBMA on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Fall Educational Conference. Attendees were also able to demo the new portal throughout the conference.

DataMAXX is RBMA's innovative new practice analytic solution that takes benchmarking to new levels through the combination of your practice's information and state-of-the art technology and data query protocols.

Subscribers may obtain real-time data all year long! Four subscription levels covering various types of reports and participation status will be available, including a free basic subscription.

Click here for more information, and watch for more details to come.More

See what happened at the Fall Educational Conference on Facebook
If you missed attending the RBMA Fall Educational Conference in Chandler, Ariz., or want to recap the events of last week, visit the RBMA Facebook page for a photo overview of the conference.

If you are interested in purchasing the handouts and audio MP3 files, please place your order here. Audio files will be available in approximately two weeks. Conference attendees will be sent the link to download their complimentary files.More

Preparing Radiology for ICD-10-CM: Drilling Into Real-World Case Studies
The fourth in a four-part webinar series hosted by MedLearn will take place on Nov. 6, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time. By going over actual case studies from patient charts, attendees will learn to identify claims that would hold up under ICD-10-CM, uncover common problem areas currently seen under ASC X12 Version 5010 which are expected to be magnified with ICD-10, and be able to ask as many questions as time permits.

RBMA members receive a 10 percent discount off the registration fee! Click here to find out how to register and receive the discount.More

Support RBMA at the Associated Sciences Program at RSNA 2012
The Associated Sciences Consortium is an RSNA working group representing 13 professional societies, including RBMA, in radiologic sciences, technology and administration. Each year the Consortium sponsors a symposium of refresher courses to take place during RSNA.

This year RBMA will co-sponsor two 90-minute courses for the 2012 meeting; one which will compare and contrast the psychographic and demographic characteristics of two generations and identify the implications of the changing face of healthcare as the swell of Baby Boomers transition into their senior years; and one that will discuss how regulatory and legislative policies will impact radiologists and radiology practices in 2013.

The first RBMA-co-sponsored session will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 3:30-5 p.m., with Implications of the Changing Face of Healthcare: Aging and the Shift of Population with speakers David R. Gruen, MD., and Robert M. Kulis. Claudia A. Murray will be co-moderating with Cindy Comeau, BS, RT.

The second session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.-noon, when Thomas Greeson, JD; Barbara Rubel, MBA, FRBMA; and Melody Mulaik, PCS, FCS, CPC, CPC-H, RCC present Reimbursement Realities. Claudia A. Murray will be moderating.

Please support RBMA by attending these informative sessions.More

Get ready for 2013 with the RBMA Compliance Training modules
Radiology practices and all covered entities whose employees work with patients' protected health information are required by law to provide each staff member with one hour of annual training. Now the RBMA has an easy solution for training and documenting the training of your employees. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow your 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 or more will receive a certificate of completion.

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Calendar of events
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IMAGINE Software reveals dual ICD-9 and ICD-10 capability
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing technology, announced the IMAGINE system is readily supporting a dual approach for new ICD-10 transactions in combination with current ICD-9 codes.More

eMix releases new version
eMix™, a business venture incubated by DR Systems, announced a new version of its cloud-based medical information exchange technology.More

Radiology's challenges for Stage 2 of meaningful use
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
VideoBrief In Stage 2 of the federal meaningful use program, providers were given much more flexibility in the technology they adopt to comply. It's not just electronic health records that qualify, but a far broader term: certified electronic health records. This is welcome news for physicians, like radiologists, who use specialized health IT products, said Michael Peters, director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the American College of Radiology.More

Countdown to ICD-10 is on
JustCoding.com via HealthLeadersMedia
The publication of the final rule officially announcing a change in the ICD-10 compliance date from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, ends the uncertainty surrounding ICD-10 implementation that has plagued the healthcare industry. The Department of Health and Human Services based the decision to move forward with a one-year delay on the conclusion that a significant number of healthcare entities would not be prepared to meet the original compliance date.More

Healthcare adds 43,500 new jobs in September, unemployment rate declines
The healthcare sector added 43,500 new jobs in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job gains continued with the addition of more than 30,000 jobs in ambulatory healthcare services and more than 8,000 for hospitals. Employment in healthcare has risen by 295,000 over the past year. Healthcare accounted for more than a third of the 114,000 jobs the U.S. economy added in September. More

Future of healthcare hinges on election
The New York Times via the Sacramento Bee
Joyce Beck, who runs a small hospital and network of medical clinics in rural Nebraska, is reluctant to plan for the future until voters decide between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The candidates' sharply divergent proposals for Medicare, Medicaid and coverage of the uninsured have created too much uncertainty, she explained.More

Study finds EHRs improve care in ambulatory care practices
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Use of electronic health records by physicians with ambulatory care practices in New York's Hudson Valley improved patient care compared with those who used paper records, according to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Patients whose physicians used EHRs provided significantly better quality of care than physicians using paper records for breast cancer screening, chlamydia screening, colorectal cancer screening and diabetes-related hemoglobin testing, researchers found. More

Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies
Kaiser Health News
As Minnesota's largest safety net hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center treats a disproportionately large number of patients who cannot pay for some or all of their care. For more than 20 years, hospitals have relied on subsidies provided by the federal government to help defray those costs. But that funding is set to decline starting in 2014 with the full implementation of the federal health law. More