Nov. 4, 2014

Member benefit: Connect with RBMA on social media
Have you connected with RBMA via social media? This is an excellent way to network with colleagues, get your RBMA news and information directly in your feed and stay on top of what's happening within YOUR organization.

Facebook — www.facebook.com/rbmaconnect — Over 150 photos from the RBMA Fall Educational Conference were posted last week! Watch as your colleagues network, learn and toss fish!

Twitter — www.twitter.com/rbmaconnect — Watch for "In Case You Missed It" Tweets, news and other great RBMA promotions.

LinkedIn — Search for RBMA under Groups — Use the discussion board to stay up-to-date on current news and trends relating to radiology management. Connect with other group members to build your LinkedIn connections and reach.

Like us, Follow us, Tweet us! We look forward to interacting with you.

Thank you for being a valued member of RBMA! We deeply appreciate the feedback and input of our members. Do you have an idea for a benefit we could be providing? Share it with membership@rbma.org.More

It is time to renew your RBMA membership for 2015!
Renewal season is upon us! RBMA mailed hard copy invoices on Oct. 30, 2014. Please watch your mail; your prompt attention to your invoice is appreciated.

Please remember that because of the complex structure of our membership, only Primary members will receive an invoice for themselves and anyone attached to their account.

New this year! RBMA is pleased to announce the return of online renewals. Please visit www.rbma.org/renew for detailed instructions on how to renew online. Note: Additional members will not be permitted to renew online unless their Primary member has renewed.

If you have any questions about the invoicing process, please don't hesitate to contact Members' Services at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

MedLearn Publishing offers RBMA members a discount on three upcoming webinars

Exclusive savings for RBMA members only: The more you buy, the more you save! Order one and save 15 percent; order two and save 20 percent, and order all three and save 25 percent! To order and save, simply enter the discount code in your shopping cart upon checkout.More

Like RBMA U on Facebook
RBMA U, RBMA's new online learning community, is now on Facebook. Keep abreast of new courses and activities from RBMA U by clicking "Like."

For details on RBMA U programs, click here.More

Don't miss the last of three complimentary webinars for RBMA members from Merge Healthcare
This webinar furthers the conversation from the first and second sessions around new interoperability expectations for radiology and image interoperability. IDNs, HIEs, referring practices and even patients are demanding electronic accessibility to health information. How can you accommodate? Explore the various strategies, solutions and plans for enabling health data exchange.

Nov. 12
1-2 p.m. CT
Health Information Interoperability: IDNs, HIEs, referring practices
and even patients are demanding new accessibility to health information.
How can you accommodate?

Julie Pekarek
Pete Nanos

Register here.More

Join RBMA today and receive two months free!
Now is the best time to join RBMA! Pay your 2015 dues and get the remainder of 2014 at no charge. There is still time to make the most of your dues dollars.

Have you been thinking about bringing another member of your staff into RBMA membership? Or perhaps you have a few forum-only subscribers within your organization who you'd like to upgrade to full membership? Now is the time!

RBMA is over 2,300 members strong — help us continue to grow. We are stronger with you. Join now.

For more information on this excellent promotion, visit www.rbma.org/15for12 or contact us at membership@rbma.org.More

Lean management and the MRI wait-time mystery
Lean and Six Sigma tools are great for process improvement and finding efficiencies, but they can also be your Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in solving operational mysteries.More

Rethink the night: An evidence-based discussion on teleradiology partnerships
A white paper by vRad on "How to Ensure Exceptional Service Levels, Economic Growth and Clinical Performance With Certainty in an Uncertain Healthcare Landscape."More

HIPAA regulation challenges facing radiologists
A comprehensive look at a breach of patient information, this article includes the breach determination process, the four-factor risk assessment and individual notification requirements.More

The return of optimism?
Radiology Business Journal
Forget about all of the work waiting for you when you get back, there are so many compelling reasons to attend an annual meeting of one of radiology's specialty organizations. Hearing new ideas from peers and experts, shopping for technology, software or services and networking are the obvious reasons. In this climate of change and uncertainty, one also hopes to lift one's head from the electronic grindstone and recharge the batteries. More

The impact of the ICD-10 delays
HealthLeaders Media
Although Congressional action has postponed the ICD-10 coding mandate until at least October 1, 2015, preparations to adopt it continue at a slower pace, even though physician opposition to the mandate remains steadfast. "We were prepared to be ready October 1 of 2014," says Randy McCleese, vice president of information systems and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky.More

CMS includes DBT payment codes in 2015 Medicare rates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
In a major boost for digital breast tomosynthesis, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services included payment codes for the exam in its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, issued last week. The DBT codes are among a collection of changes that for the most part go easy on radiology and radiation oncology — unlike in past years, where both disciplines were hit with major reimbursement reductions. More

Study: Doctors using EHRs spend more time on administrative tasks
Physicians who use electronic health record systems experience more administrative burdens than their peers who use paper records, according to a study published in the International Journal of Health Services, FierceEMR reports. For the study, researchers from the City University of New York analyzed data from the 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey — the most recent available — to gauge how much time physicians spend on administrative tasks.More

Smart shopper: Approaching price transparency in radiology
Health Imaging
In terms of consumer transparency, radiology patients do not have access to information that would assist them in choosing a provider based on quality of care or price of services, argued a recent article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Instead, they are given pricing information from private and public entities that results in patients "price shopping" among radiologists when looking for care. More

When your admin and billing departments work together
Physicians Practice (registration required)
When a new financial policy is made at your practice, I bet you rarely hear "Let the billing department decide!" But you should seriously consider it. Those who do billing or work at billing companies are cheering right now, and I think the rest of us are scratching our heads and asking, "But, why?" More