Nov. 6, 2012

Question of the week
Has your billing service or in-house billing office been given online access to the hospital's RIS and HIS to retrieve billing information and copies of reports for billing of your hospital-based services?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:

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?

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Did you receive your membership renewal invoice?
By now, all primary members should have received a renewal invoice in the mail. If you have not received your invoice, please contact 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.

If you have already renewed your membership, thank you! We look forward to serving you for another exciting year.More

MedLearn Publishing hosting 2013 Coding Update webinar
Long-time radiology coding expert Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC, will be presenting a two-hour webinar Monday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Central Time) highlighting the following:

RBMA members receive a 15 percent discount off the list price of $235.

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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 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!

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

Who really owns your social media content?
A key issue today is who holds the rights to LinkedIn content created and maintained by employees in their professional capacity. A federal court recently decided that a dispute between an employer and employee regarding ownership of a LinkedIn account should proceed to trial. Litigation such as this highlights the growing need for businesses to clearly communicate social media policies.More

Can specialist physicians participate in more than one ACO?
Beneficiary assignment and physician exclusivity to a particular accountable care organization are based on "primary care services" furnished to a Medicare beneficiary under a Medicare billing number linked to the Federal taxpayer identification number of an ACO participant.More

Resurgens Orthopaedics selects Merge Honeycomb™ for image archiving
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced Resurgens Orthopaedics has selected Merge Honeycomb™ Archive to cost-effectively archive patient images and provide a long-term disaster recovery solution.More

No good news for imaging in proposed 2013 Medicare rates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
There isn't much to like for medical imaging in new Medicare payment rates for 2013. In a Nov. 1 announcement, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed the size of the looming payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula and also affirmed a raft of other payment cuts that will affect radiology. CMS confirmed plans to cut overall physician payment rates by 26.5 percent due to the requirements of the SGR formula.More

AHA sues CMS over Medicare reimbursements
Health Leaders Media
The American Hospital Association and four health systems are suing the federal government for allegedly refusing to pay for "hundreds of millions of dollars for necessary care" in Medicare claims that were flagged by private contract auditors. The suit claims that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has violated the Medicare Act by declining to reimburse the audited claims of hospitals, even though the claims were ultimately acknowledged by CMS to be reasonable and medically necessary.More

PACS: Dead, dying or reborn?
Health Imaging
The great American humorist Mark Twain once quipped, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." If digital image management technology had a voice (and ergonomists would likely agree that it should), it also might pronounce its longevity. Some naysayers have scribbled an obituary for PACS, claiming good riddance to a radiology-centric, efficiency-obsessed system riddled with baffling buttons. Others refuse to bid adieu.More

5 more tips for improving your radiology billing
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
As a radiologist, you must have a sharp focus on getting every collectible dollar at a lower cost of billing. This is no easy feat as payment responsibility shifts from institutional payors to patients, whose dollars are more difficult to collect. An increasing number of consumer-driven, high-deductible health insurance plans, such as Health Savings Accounts, mean mounting reimbursement pressures.More

Insurers: Payment reform has best chance to improve quality, cut costs
Bloomberg BNA
Payment reform has the best chance of achieving quality improvements and cost reductions for the U.S. healthcare system, and the federal government needs to align its public healthcare programs with innovations created in the private market, health insurers said at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.More

Making the leap
Imaging Economics
Interventional radiology has been around for a number of years and has continually evolved over the course of decades to become an established and integral element of many hospitals, both small and large. The adoption of new technology and methodology is usually accompanied by a few hiccups along the way as vendors and clinical teams develop a better understanding of one another's needs and capabilities.More