Nov. 8, 2011

Audio recordings from 2012 Fall Educational Conference now available
If you missed attending the Fall Educational Conference, you can now listen to it and even read the handouts. Those items are now available for purchase.

If you attended the conference, you may now download the MP3 files from the confidential conference link sent to you before the Fall Educational Conference.

If you need assistance with the link, please contact info@rbma.org.

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Only 7 days left to nominate practice for 2011 Best Practices in Radiology Quality and Economics Awards
Presented by Health Imaging, AHRA and RBMA

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Get recognized for the impact you've made in 2011!

The Best Practices in Radiology Quality and Economics Awards honor the best radiology practices, groups or departments for their work in using imaging in a meaningful way to improve quality of care and patient outcomes, increase efficiency across the department or facility, reduce costs and drive lasting economic benefits.

An expert panel of radiology administrators and business managers from AHRA and RBMA and editors from Health Imaging will choose up to five winners, who will receive a cash award of $1,000 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Health Imaging. Winners will be honored at a joint AHRA-RBMA event at the RSNA annual meeting in November in Chicago. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

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Prepare for 2012 coding changes
Every year brings significant changes to coding for radiology procedures. Not knowing what the changes are or what they mean could cost your facility dearly, both in terms of lost revenue and penalties for noncompliance. Rumors abound that in 2012, once again, radiology stands to be hit hard, so don't take any chances! Join us for this preview of radiology coding in 2012, presented by Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC, one of the country's most knowledgeable and sought-after radiology coding experts.

2012 Radiology Coding Update
Thursday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time

RBMA MEMBERS CAN REGISTER AT A REDUCED RATE by inserting a special code on the registration form.

Click here for instructions on obtaining the code and to register.More

Receive 5 percent off orders from Elsevier
Elsevier, a worldwide company offering information solutions for science and health, is offering RBMA members a special discount and free shipping on their books and publications, including the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Click here to access the RBMA-Elsevier Bookstore.More

Watch for membership renewal
In the next few weeks you will receive your membership renewal notice. Plan ahead and renew your RBMA membership for 2012. We expect another exciting year at RBMA with continued advocacy efforts, expanded educational opportunities, an increase in membership and more products and better resources to help managers operate their radiology businesses.

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

Physician texting: Am I violating HIPAA?
Dr. Smith, a radiologist client of mine, arrived at my office for a meeting and immediately began sending and receiving text messages on his cellphone. Smith explained that his colleague Dr. Jones was updating him on a patient matter. Jones had texted Smith the patient's name, date of birth and radiographic diagnosis. Jones also texted Smith a picture of the patient's x-ray. From across the table in clear view, I was able to see all of that information.More

CMS final Physician Fee Schedule rule maintains MPPR for professional component of advanced imaging services
On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule updating the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2012. The updated payment policies and rates are effective Jan. 1.More

IRS announces new pension plan limitations for 2012
On Oct. 20, the IRS announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the Tax Year 2012. According to the announcement, many of the pension plan limitations will change for the first time since 2009 because the increase in the cost-of-living index has met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.More

Performing a workers' compensation audit may save you money
Employers are always looking for ways to cut costs, and workers' compensation is one area that can provide savings.More

Attorneys General and FTC continue to increase legal standards for data privacy compliance and penalties for noncompliance
Many have written about it and several have contemplated it — whether states will adopt private data security standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, and use them as legal standards that owners and holders of personal information and personal health information must comply with.

That's exactly what the Massachusetts Attorney General did when it recently filed suit against Briar Group, LLC, and alleged, among other things, that Briar was not PCI compliant at the time of its data breach in November 2009, affecting 53,000 MasterCard and 72,000 Visa accounts.More

ADVOCATE selected as billing services provider for Gainesville, Fla., practice
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that they have been awarded the exclusive billing agreements with Doctors Imaging Group in Gainesville, Fla.More

Merge Healthcare sets record pro forma sales of $60.6 million in third quarter
Merge Healtchare via Business Wire
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced its financial and business results for the third quarter of 2011.More

MBMS continues national expansion
Billing and practice management services provider Medical Billing and Management Services has signed agreements with two metropolitan area radiology practices in Chicago and Philadelphia. MBMS will provide a full complement of billing and practice management services, including comprehensive business analytics, to the 47 radiologists of Chicago Imaging Associates and Radiology Affiliates Imaging.More

ACR opposes imaging cuts in MPFS
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Although the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revised downward the multiple procedure payment reduction for imaging interpretation from 50 percent to 25 percent, the 25 percent cut is still unfounded and potentially dangerous, according to a statement released by the American College of Radiology.More

Engage radiology IT vendors about meaningful use
Diagnostic Imaging
Radiologists and imaging groups should discuss with their IT vendors the plans and strategies for certifying their technology under the federal meaningful use program. That's according to Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, vice chair of radiology informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital and corporate director of enterprise medical imaging for Partners Healthcare in Boston, speaking at the American College of Radiology's inaugural Imaging Informatics Summit in Washington.More

Healthcare job growth slows in October
Health Leaders Media
Healthcare created 11,600 jobs in October — a significant drop from the 45,000 jobs created by the sector in September. However, even with the decline, healthcare remains a leading source of job creation in the overall economy, and was responsible for 15 percent of the 80,000 new jobs across all sectors in October, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.More

ACOs: A concept in motion
Imaging Biz
While health-policy experts debate the potential of accountable-care organizations to address the problem of cost in U.S. healthcare, a panel held on July 22 at the RBMA Executive Education Program in Scottsdale, Ariz., reveals that with prototype ACOs already in play and healthcare systems assessing their ACO needs, radiology practices should waste no time in securing a seat at the table. More

Grading docs with electronic medical records
Kaiser Health News
Dr. Brett White practices medicine differently than he did three years ago. That's when the Gabriel Park Family Health Center in suburban Portland, Ore., adopted electronic medical records. White, who oversees the clinic, says the effect was immediate. The electronic records made data available that highlighted patients who'd been diagnosed with chronic diseases like diabetes and then hadn't been seen for a couple of years.More

Top 5 strategies to manage CD imports
Health Imaging
CDs can be a headache for PACS administrators. The ubiquitous disks can be associated with organizational challenges, burning problems, privacy complications and DICOM glitches. However, a combination of thoughtful policies, software and hardware can help ease the pain.More