Oct. 30, 2012

2013 RBMA membership renewal invoices are in the mail
Primary members, watch for your RBMA membership renewal invoice to arrive in the mail. If you do not receive your invoice by this Friday, Nov. 2, please contact the RBMA office or email membership@rbma.org to request a duplicate.

Please note the only way to renew your membership is to complete and submit the invoice.

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.

We look forward to serving members for another exciting RBMA year!More

Registration is open for the RBMA 2013 Coding Academy Course
The RBMA Coding Academy Course is a two-day program that begins with an overview of newly released codes for 2013, coding and reimbursement information for both hospital-based and free standing practices and coding instructions for a variety of modalities.

The second day of the program will feature a presentation from Diane Hayek, Director of Economics & Health Policy with the American College of Radiology, on the ACR's current and planned coding-related initiatives. Find out what the ACR is doing for you! The day will continue with a session on the ins and outs of interventional radiology coding rules and conclude with a full afternoon workshop of case studies.

Attendees have the option to attend one day or both days of this course. Choose what works for you and your needs!

Click here for more information.More

The RBMA 2013 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course will be offered online only
This online course will address all areas of radiology coding. Designed for those individuals sitting for the Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) exam, this session will offer basic principles of proper coding for CPT and ICD-9-CM as well as coding for problem situations.

The course will be segmented into four separate modules and accessed through the RBMA Learning Resource Center. You have the option to view the entire course at once, or one module at a time. View the program at your own pace!

Taught by coding expert Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, the course will be recorded in December 2012 and available for purchase in the first quarter of 2013. The first Coding Exam will be held May 13-17, 2013. Applications are due in the RCCB office by April 8, 2013.

RBMA is offering a 20 percent discount off the list price if you pre-order by Dec. 31. Get prepared and don't delay. Click here to pre-order the Radiology Coding Exam Review Online Course today!More

You ought to be in pictures — maybe you are!
Many of you attended the Fall Educational Conference, Oct. 7-10, in Chandler, Ariz., and were captured by our photographer, and your photos posted on our Facebook page. This is your chance to be famous, but we need your help.

Visit our Facebook page and if you have not already done so, "Like" us. Then look through the images posted for the Fall Educational Conference. If you find yourself, or one of your friends, please tag the photo. Feel free to leave a comment or two as well. Thank you for your help.More

RBMA and ACR develop best practices guidelines for imaging clinical decision support systems
The RBMA and the ACR have developed best practice guidelines for imaging clinical decision support systems for the purposes of: (1) providing guidance to regulators, payors, vendors, referring physicians and radiology providers as to implementation, use and ongoing evaluation of CDS systems; and (2) delineating optimal business practices for companies that supply CDS systems to ensure that their radiology utilization management products are a continuously improving, cost-effective, efficient, and reliable method of providing clinical and payor-neutral guidance for the appropriate ordering of imaging services.

To view the CDS guidelines, click here. The CDS guidelines, written by the RBMA's Payor Relations Committee and the ACR's Managed Care Committee, build upon recommendations regarding CDS contained in the ACR-RBMA Best Practices Guidelines for Radiology Benefits Management Programs.More

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

Tigermed selects Merge eClinical to improve study management efficiency
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Tigermed Consulting Co., Ltd. has selected Merge eClinical's CTMS solution for Sponsors and CROs to streamline clinical trial management and maximize operational efficiency across its studies.More

MBMS Vice President of Coding and Compliance Lori Shore to speak at the Northeast Chapter/RBMA meeting
Presenting on the topic of ICD-10 and how it will affect radiology practices in the future, Lori will be offering her insight on physician and billing productivity, how to optimize reimbursement and the global impact of this new classification system. Helpful tools and guidelines will be provided to attendees at the daylong conference.More

Radiology's squeeze from insurance companies
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
From Vikash Panghaal: Radiologists aren't just feeling the squeeze from referring doctors. We're also feeling it from health insurance companies. Since starting at a small private practice radiology group, I have seen many hurdles that insurance companies place on physicians. Many of these hurdles either limit or prevent me from practicing good evidence-based medicine.More

Storing documents in PACS or RIS is a bad idea
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Managing documents is not a new issue, as document management systems were in place long before and have existed in parallel with PACS and other department information systems. Scanning and storing documents in a PACS or RIS, however, can cause all kinds of headaches. Traditionally, many hospital departments have scanned documents into their respective systems to make them available to physicians. More

Betting on value-based care
Health Leaders Media
Where are you placing your bets in the new reimbursement game? As the shift to value-based purchasing of healthcare services nears, in fits and starts and at different speeds in different areas, leaders of hospitals, health systems and physician practices know they need to rethink quality, safety and reimbursement. More

US employees to face healthcare sticker shock
Chicago Tribune
Visit to New York City orthopedist: $223. One X-ray: $50. One follow-up magnetic resonance imaging test: $766. Total bill for checking out that aching shoulder: $1,039 — all to be paid by the patient, rather than the insurer. Over the next 18 months, between one quarter and one half of Americans who get insurance coverage through their employers will pay more as companies roll out healthcare plans with higher deductibles.More

7 factors driving up healthcare costs
Kaiser Health News
There is no one villain in the battle against rising healthcare costs. Currently, the United States spends more on healthcare services than any other country, exceeding $2.6 trillion, or about 18 percent of gross domestic product. Most years, medical spending rises faster than inflation and the economy as a whole. Many factors contribute to those increases.More

Minor errors in Meaningful Use Stage 2 corrected
Imaging Biz
The Federal Register published corrections to "technical errors and typographical errors" that appeared in the final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rule in the Sept. 4 issue of the Federal Register. Because the changes are all minor and do not affect the substance of the rule, HHS opted to waive the normal comment period in rule making.More