Oct. 18, 2011

Question of the week
For which modalities do your payors require precertification for outpatient non-emergent imaging?
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On average, how many annual days of paid time off (PTO) 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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Fall Educational Conference LIVE on Facebook
Follow the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference highlights as they happen on RBMA's Facebook page.

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vRad Education Scholarship applications now being accepted
Virtual Radiologic has partnered with RBMA to offer several $1,500 scholarships per year. The recipients of this scholarship must not have ever attended an RBMA meeting. Applications are now being accepted to use towards 2012 programs.

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RBMA forums offer members an opportunity to discuss pertinent issues in a private community. RBMA is pleased to offer five focused forms on the following topics: Practice Management, Coding, Marketing, Hospital Practices and Payor Relations.

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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

Calendar of events
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Merge Healthcare receives complete EHR certification for meaningful use
Business Wire
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced Merge RIS v7.0 has received the federal government's "Meaningful Use" stamp of approval, thus becoming the industry's only major radiology information system with complete electronic health record ambulatory certification.More

Houston practice signs contract with MMP 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 Houston-based Singleton Associates, PA. The practice is a sub-specialized radiology group of more than 50 board certified radiologists with expertise in all diagnostic and therapeutic radiologic modalities for both adult and pediatric patients.More

Those scan results are just an app away
The New York Times
Even in the vast world of apps, Dr. Patrick J. Gagnon has one with an unusual distinction: it had to be cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration.  Gagnon, a radiation oncologist, uses the app when he sees patients in his Fairhaven, Mass., office. He pulls his iPhone out of his pocket, and then he and a patient, side by side, can view images on it and discuss treatment.More

CMS: Conversion to ICD-10 to run into multi-millions
Imaging Biz
Costs associated with conversion to the ICD-10 code set may total $640 million in 2013 alone, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed during a briefing virtual briefing held by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.More

10 correctable mistakes to improve billing, Part 2
Diagnostic Imaging (blog)
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

US deficit panel weighs Medicare doctor payments
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The congressional "supercommittee" charged with reducing U.S. budget deficits is considering tackling a measure that could make their job even harder by preventing a steep pay cut for Medicare doctors. The bipartisan panel that has been tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years has a "strong interest" in taking up the doctor payment issue, sources familiar with panel discussions said.More

Teleradiology providers offer lifesaving support in the ER
Imaging Economics
The issue of teleradiology in emergency rooms took on added urgency earlier this year when Dr. David C. Levin, of the department of radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, wrote an article in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology criticizing radiologists for "abdicating" their responsibilities by outsourcing night and weekend coverage.More

Senators introduce act to ease medical device regulations
Health Imaging
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., have introduced the Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act, which aims to decrease regulatory burdens on new medical devices to spur innovation. Introduced Oct. 13, the legislation would clarify the FDA's current least burdensome requirements to reduce review times. More