Nov. 11, 2014

Online renewal now available for RBMA members!
Renew your 2015 membership now — visit www.rbma.org/renew for detailed instructions. Please note that because of our tiered membership structure, Primary members will need to renew before any additional members on the account can renew.

If you prefer to pay via check, hard copy invoices were mailed Oct. 30, 2014. If you have not yet received your invoice or have questions about the renewal process, please contact us at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

RBMA members are invited to attend the AHRA-RBMA reception at RSNA
Will you be attending RSNA this year? If so, you are invited to join fellow RBMA members and AHRA members for an evening reception on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. CT, in Jackson Park BC/CC10BC on the first level of the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place.

Please let us know if you will be attending RSNA and if you will attend the reception by RSVP-ing here.More

RBMA Bulletin sets new 2015 editorial calendar
The RBMA Bulletin, RBMA's bimonthly publication and one of the top benefits of RBMA membership, recently released the editorial schedule for 2015. The new schedule will align closely with the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge.

The editorial calendar will be as follows:

January/February Marketing, Business Development and Communications
March/April Governance and Legislative Issues
May/June Operations Management and Human Resources
July/August Information Management and the Buyers Guide
September/October Financial Management and Quality, Compliance and Risk Management
November/December Leadership

RBMA is seeking authors to contribute articles to the RBMA Bulletin. If you would like to contribute an article that supports the new editorial content, please review the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge and article requirements. Articles may be submitted to the RBMA editor, Charlotte Tallman, at editor@rbma.org and will be reviewed by the RBMA editorial advisor, Patricia A. Kroken, FACMPE, FRBMA.More

New Thought Leader Sponsorship program available for corporate members
Now is the time to start planning your marketing program for 2015. Through sponsorship, RBMA offers corporate partners the ability to create a custom program that will reach RBMA members for the entire year. A menu of sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

New this year, RBMA is offering the Thought Leader Sponsorship. The Thought Leader Sponsorship is designed as an add-on to an existing Global sponsorship and focuses on promoting the industry expertise and knowledge of each participating company. Two packages are available; one is limited to a few participants. The Thought Leader Sponsorship will be sold on a first come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in becoming an RBMA sponsor or would like more information on RBMA marketing opportunities, contact Daphne Gawronski by email or at 703.621.3353.More

RBMA U highlight: Financial Management
Radiology Business 101 is comprised of eight modules. The Financial Management module is designed to address the topics, tasks and skills associated with the Financial Management domain of the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge.

The Financial Management module includes the following six courses:

Course number Course name
FIN-001 Introduction to Revenue Cycle Management
FIN-002 Budgeting – Operating & Capital
FIN-003 Financial Reporting & Analysis
FIN-004 Basics of Payor Contracting
FIN-005 Cash Management & Internal Controls
FIN-006 Payroll & Other Tax Matters

Students may enroll in a single course, multiple courses or commit to the entire program over the span of a year.

For more information on RBMA U, click here.More

There is still time to register for the last complimentary webinar 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

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

Five often overlooked billing costs you should care about
Whether you outsource your billing or do it internally, understanding your total cost of billing is vital.More

Use revenue cycle benchmarks with care
There is a common tendency among some radiology practices to take a number from a survey and call it a benchmark, industry standard or a best practice; however, that process can be a mistake.More

How much is that MRI, really? Massachusetts shines a light
The kids are asleep, and I've settled into a comfy armchair in the corner of my New England living room, one of my favorite spots for shopping online. I've got my laptop open and I'm ready to search for a bone density test. Hmmm ... looks like the price that my insurer pays for that test varies from $190 at Harvard Vanguard to $445 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. More

MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. More

7 ways to improve physician-staff relationships
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Trusting relationships between physicians and staff members are key to a successful practice, and at the root of trusting relationships is strong communication. That's according to Kenneth Hertz, principal with the Medical Group Management Association Health Care Consulting Group, who presented at the organization's annual conference in Las Vegas in October.More

Data security: Mitigating the human element
Radiology Business Journal
"The cost of global cybercrimes now exceeds the revenue from the global drug trade," said David Anderson of consulting firm CliftonLarsenAllen at the start of his presentation to RBMA members on information security at the RBMA Fall Educational Conference in Seattle. "Every second of the day, people are out there looking for the weak link. Sixty percent of the time," he said, "they are getting in with the access of a legitimate user."More

5 examples of great healthcare management
Harvard Business Review
By Thomas H. Lee, MD: I may not be in touch with all my emotions, but there is one I know all too well — jealousy. I have worked my entire career in great health systems with fabulous people. And yet, when I go "outside," I constantly see healthcare providers working brilliantly together in innovative ways that I had not even imagined. It makes my chest ache with envy. This type of jealousy is the deepest and most sincere expression of respect of which I am capable. More