Oct. 23, 2012

Question of the week
What is your practice's clean claims percentage — that is, the percentage of claims that are complete, accurate and paid upon first submission to the payor?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
How long does it typically take a patient from time of arrival at your facility 1) to check in and 2) to begin the imaging study?More

Renew your RBMA membership for 2013
Renewal season is upon us, and RBMA has made some changes to serve you better. The primary account holder will receive a new redesigned invoice in the mail that will make the renewal process easier for you and your respective employer.

Each invoice lists the primary account holder at the top, and all current secondary and individual forum members below. You have the option of renewing each individual, changing them to a different member type or dropping them. The back of the invoice explains our various member types and also allows you to add new members.

Please note the only way to renew your membership is to complete and submit the invoice. Watch for the invoice to arrive in your mailbox this week.

Please contact membership@rbma.org if you have any questions.More

Continuing education claim form for the Fall Educational Conference corrected
It has come to our attention that the Category A continuing education claim form for the RBMA Fall Educational Conference had a typo. It has been fixed, and the updated claim form can be found on the handout link you were emailed.

If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to have the updated claim form directly emailed to you, please contact Kimberly Mydland at kimberly.mydland@rbma.org. We apologize for our error.More

Become a Radiology Certified Coder in 2013
Investing in your coders is investing in your business. The Radiology Coding Certification Board offers a program designed to seek out the motivated coder desiring to become an expert in the field. Employers who have certified coders can feel confident that billing claims are submitted with accurate and compliant codes. The result is higher reimbursements faster.

RCCB has recently announced the exam schedule for 2013. Plan for tomorrow today!

Exam dates Application deadline
May 13-17, 2013 April 8, 2013
July 22-26, 2013 June 17, 2013
Sept. 16-20, 2013 Aug. 12, 2013
Nov. 11-15, 2013 Oct. 7, 2013

Visit www.rccb.org for more details.More

Planning to go to RSNA?
RBMA will be present at RSNA. Come by and meet with leadership and staff in the Lakeside Hall D #204D in the Associated Sciences aisle, Sunday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

RBMA will also be hosting an evening reception with AHRA. Please email daphne.gawronski@rbma.org and let us know if you will be attending RSNA so we may forward you an invitation.More

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

MBMS selected to provide billing and practice management services to one of the largest private practice groups in Chicago
MBMS is pleased to announce it has been selected as the radiology billing provider for the newly created entity, Midwest Imaging Professionals. This strategic merger will include 43 radiologists providing services to 10 hospitals and three imaging centers in the Chicago market.More

ACR issues call to action on the MPPR
Imaging Biz
The American College of Radiology is urging its members to contact their senators and ask them to support S. 2347, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2012. S. 2347 is the companion bill to the House bill H.R. 3269, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2011. More

Decision support, RBMs could help curb imaging, but rads beware
Health Imaging
While the future of imaging utilization management may include the expansion of radiology benefits managers and decision support systems, radiologists themselves also must take an active role, according to an article published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Patience is a virtue in today's radiology environment
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
From Jim Lipcamon: I consider myself a patient individual, and other people's lack of patience is really testing my patience. People are always in a hurry to get somewhere or get something done. When the staff I work with have a very busy day and make a mistake, it is usually a result of being in a hurry to get the associated tasks done so the next patient gets in at their appointed time.More

App decisions
Imaging Economics
While mobile devices have long been part of everyday life, their use in the world of healthcare — particularly medical imaging — is really only in the beginning stages. And once institutions decide to implement the technology, there are a number of different directions they can go, and a variety of applications they can adopt.More

Accountable care explained: An experiment in state health policy
Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act and state fiscal pressures have spawned an array of new Medicaid cost containment and quality improvement schemes. Among the most ambitious is a healthcare delivery system whose components are called accountable care organizations. The phrase "accountable care organization" was coined in 2006 at Dartmouth University Medical School and then adopted by an advisory board to Medicare. More

Health costs: How the US compares with other countries
How much is good healthcare worth to you? $8,233 per year? That's how much the U.S. spends per person. Worth it? That figure is more than two-and-a-half times more than most developed nations in the world, including relatively rich European countries like France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. On a more global scale, it means U.S. healthcare costs now eat up 17.6 percent of GDP.More