Nov. 5, 2013

What does RBMA membership mean for you?
It means you are part of an exclusive community of radiology business professionals that offers innovative educational programs that inspire and develop leaders; that helps power business strategies and successes; and opens windows of opportunity for members.

Membership in RBMA brings you top quality education from a trusted source and a network of colleagues who share their practical knowledge and experiences.

As a member of RBMA you have access to programs and resources that assist you in the day-to–day operation as well as long term development of your practice.

As an organization, we are increasing our resources for practice leaders, billing managers, radiology marketers and coders in any radiology setting. We are collecting and analyzing data and providing members with useful real-time results. We are creating a name on the Hill and intensifying our advocacy efforts. We are continuing to enhance and build educational offerings that will be available and accessible not only at conferences but at your convenience.

RBMA is revolutionizing the world of radiology business for our members. If you have not done so already, renew your membership today and be a part of a growing, thriving organization that is here today and will be in the future, working for you.

If you did not receive your renewal invoice or would like to request a duplicate please contact membership@rbma.org.More

Marketing interventional radiology services
Register to attend RBMA's upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs and attend a half day session on Interventional Radiology — Practice Development.*

This deep dive session will discuss the differences between marketing an outpatient versus a hospital based practice, enlisting radiologists as both internal and external marketing champions, and the rise of direct-to-consumer marketing within this area of the radiology industry.

Register today.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 9-11, 2014
The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, Calif.

*Separate fee requiredMore

ACR offers RBMA members discounted JACR subscription
The American College of Radiology is offering RBMA members a subscription to the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) at a discounted rate.

This special rate is available to new individual subscribers and includes the journal's 12 regular issues plus any supplements that are published. Also included in this rate is full-text online access to the journal through its website at www.jacr.org.

The JACR subscription rate for RBMA members will be $99.50, a 50 percent savings!

Visit http://www.rbma.org/JACR/ for details.More

Annual employee training is easy with the RBMA compliance training modules
Radiology practices and all covered entities whose employees work with patients' protected health information are required by law to provide each staff member with one hour of annual training.

RBMA has an easy solution for training your employees and documenting compliance with this law. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow your staff to obtain the necessary training at a convenient time, without interruption of normal workflow or the expense of holding an all employee training session. After successful completion of the testing, staff members who receive a passing grade of 80 percent will receive a certificate of completion.

Available for practices of all sizes!

Place your order here.More

Merge reports third quarter financial results
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced its financial and business results for the third quarter of 2013.More

Value vs. volume
Imaging Economics
Improved population health at a lower cost and higher quality — in today's world, these triple aims of healthcare have placed value at the forefront for success, ahead of volume.More

Medicare Part B premiums won't go up in 2014
USA Today
The premiums for Medicare Part B will remain flat in 2014 and seniors have saved $8.3 billion on Part D prescriptions since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. More

Talking to patients about imaging costs
An increasing number of health insurance plans, including many of those offered on the new Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges, come with high deductibles that can make advanced diagnostic imaging hard for some patients to afford, even with insurance. More

Patient portals increase access and reduce misinformation
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Already gaining popularity in health systems nationwide, patient portals could now play a more significant role in radiology by automatically structuring and combining radiology reports with related imaging studies. This integration would give patients greater access to helpful information about their health status. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, UCLA developed a web-based patient portal for individuals with brain cancer. More

Lawmakers want to stop fee-for-service Medicare payments
The chairmen of the U.S. House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees want to phase out the way Medicare pays doctors for their services. They're proposing a gradual change to a new system along with a pay freeze and incentives to give up fee-for-service billing. "Enough with the quick fixes. Our proposal is for a new physician payment system that rewards value over volume," Senator Max Baucus of Montana said.More

3 reasons for slowed ACO-growth
Although the healthcare industry initially jumped on the accountable care organization bandwagon to improve healthcare outcomes, lower costs and boost patient satisfaction, there has been little growth in new ACOs since September and it appears as if the downward trend will continue. Since the healthcare reform law passed three years ago, 488 ACOs have formed — and more than doubled since June 2012. More

Clinical decision support mentioned in both versions of SGR repeal bill
The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees jointly released a draft version of policy to replace the sustainable growth rate formula, and language regarding the use of appropriateness criteria in ordering of advanced medical imaging was included. The bill would financially penalize providers who fail to consult appropriateness criteria when ordering advanced imaging.More

Sebelius apologizes for health site's malfunctions
The New York Times
Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, gamely defended the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law and tried to explain the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of individual insurance policies. In three and a half grueling hours of testimony before a House committee, Sebelius apologized for the missteps and problems in efforts to carry out the president's most important domestic initiative. More