Oct. 21, 2014

Member benefit: New Forum added! ICD-10 Preparedness
All RBMA members have the benefit of participating in RBMA Forums – the best way to network and share information. The forums are essentially a listserv, allowing you to send and receive emails to/from your preferred email address so you can post your own inquiries or respond to others without leaving the comfort of your own email account!

RBMA is pleased to announce the creation of an additional forum: ICD-10 Preparedness, bringing our total number of forums to seven! Other forums include: Coding, Hospital Practices, Payor Relations, Practice Management, Radiology Integration Models and Marketing.

Forums are a members-only benefit, but RBMA does permit forum-only subscriptions to the Coding, Practice Management and Marketing forums for staff of RBMA members for a nominal fee per year. The new ICD-10 Preparedness forum can also be purchased as subscription-only for staff of RBMA members.

BIG NEWS! Forum subscriptions are now available as part of the 15 for 12 promotion! Subscribe your staff to a forum for 2015, and they’ll receive the remainder of 2014 absolutely free!

To subscribe yourself or a member of your staff to RBMA Forums, please click here!More

Weekend highlights from Seattle
The ACR-RBMA Forum held this past Friday and Saturday attracted over 100 physician and administrator attendees. Thanks to the committee and chairs Thomas Greeson, JD, and Jonathan Berlin, MD, MBA, FACR, for collaborating and offering valuable sessions on value added services, measuring quality and value, productivity management, and hospital radiology alignment, to name just a few.

The weekend continued with the RBMA Fall Educational Conference. Starting Sunday afternoon, the conference began with a presentation by Dr. Boucher, who shared his experience as a doctor while on duty in Afghanistan. This riveting session was shared around the country via live stream and will be available as a recording after the conference, courtesy of Imagine Software.

The Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall was celebrated early Sunday evening, when attendees welcomed and visited over 50 industry vendors.

Monday morning brought the return of the Pikes Place Fish Mongers. Seen originally in 2006, the current version was equally as impressive, and the audience was able to experience the art of fish catching first hand.

Several deep-dive sessions were presented. Attendees were able to spend concentrated time on one topic, explore deeper, and walk away with a greater understanding of the issue.

Several companies presented short talks in the Product Showcase during lunch and the extended Exhibit Hall hours on Monday and Tuesday. The small theater attracted attendees wanting to know more about services available to them. During the Exhibit Hall hours, attendees were encouraged and incentivized to visit each vendor by participating in the RBMA Fishing Expedition. After visiting certain booths each day, attendees turned in their game card for a daily drawing to win $500!

RBMA conferences are committed to educating the radiology business community. Join us next year for the Radiology Summit, June 7-10, 2015, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.More

Fall Educational Conference Coverage on the RBMA Facebook Page
Visit the RBMA Facebook page for full photo coverage of the conference. See what you colleagues are up to and what RBMA has to offer during this two-and-a-half day event.More

Register for the next two complimentary webinars for RBMA members
Sponsored by Merge Software, the next two webinars will be held:

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Navigating social media in a pay-to-play world
A look at moving from a mostly free social media to new social media advertising requiring fees, and how to get the most impact from your social media budget.More

Meaningful use: Radiology group achieves attestation success under unique circumstances
Radiology Business Journal
Many radiology groups have already committed to meaningful use of health IT to reap the financial benefits of utilizing electronic health records, but a high percentage remain on the sidelines. Some of the reluctance could be attributed to the belief that the cost will outweigh the benefit, but that disregards the fact that referring physicians who have attested will need to connect with specialty providers for phase 2 in order to continue complying with the program. More

Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
On Sept. 18, AuntMinnie.com reported on a study from the University of California, San Diego that was presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting. The study asserted that Medicare reimbursement rates for freestanding oncology facilities far surpassed those for hospital-based centers. Regrettably, the researchers exclusively analyzed data from patients treated between 2004 and 2009. More

CMS' new investment model will help ACOs with health IT
On Wednesday, CMS announced a new initiative intended to help Medicare accountable care organizations in rural and underserved areas improve access to care, quality and care coordination via health IT, Healthcare IT News reports. The announcement comes shortly after a joint survey by Premier and the eHealth Initiative found that many ACOs are struggling with interoperability and implementing advanced health IT functions, according to Health Data Management.More

Providers ask HHS to address EHR interoperability barriers
HealthLeaders Media
"Strict MU requirements and deadlines (do not) provide sufficient time to focus on achieving interoperability," says a letter co-signed by eight provider organizations and large health systems. Systemic snags and glitches around the interoperability of electronic health records are frustrating providers and doing little if anything to improve patient care or reduce costs, a group of provider organizations and large health systems says.More

The unexpected costs of Medicare
U.S. News & World Report
​Created in 1965, Medicare was intended to answer growing reports of impoverished seniors languishing or dying because they lacked health insurance. Since then, Medicare has acquired a reputation as the ultimate government entitlement, a system of low-cost, taxpayer subsidized health care provided at the stage in life when retirees need it most.More

Make sure your medical practice has a time-off policy
Physicians Practice (registration required)
You have talked about going to visit your family in another state for months now. You've purchased your airline tickets, lined up care for your animals, and scheduled the house sitter. Then, it hits you. You forgot to submit for the time off at work. Panic ensues as you drive into work. You rationalize your arguments and have your speech ready to go. As you sit down and start your speech, your supervisor says, "No, you cannot take the time off." Now what? More