Nov. 13, 2012

Have you renewed your membership for 2013?

Don't risk losing the benefits of RBMA membership. If you have not done so already, send in your renewal invoice before the end of the year.

If you did not receive your invoice in the mail, contact membership@rbma.org for a duplicate copy.

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

New 2013 members qualify for the RBMA Briefcase
All new members who join for the first time in 2013 are eligible to receive the RBMA Briefcase — a "brief" sampling of RBMA benefits to use immediately. The RBMA Briefcase includes:

In addition, if you join today membership starts immediately! Receive 14 months of membership — and pay for only 12.

Click here to join today.

*For members joining for 2013, $360 RBMA Bucks are available beginning January 2013 and may be used through June 2013. More

Start collecting your best marketing samples for the RBMA Quest Awards
The annual RBMA Quest Awards will take place at the Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar on March 10-12, 2013. The actual awards presentation will be March 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.

The Quest Awards were created to recognize marketing excellence in radiology. Awards are offered in the following categories: website, advertising, patient marketing, physician marketing, cause-related marketing and an overall idea that wows! A special people's choice award is voted upon by marketing peers and granted to one top performer.

Applications are now available for Quest Award submissions. Applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 15, 2013. So start collecting your best marketing examples and be ready to show off your best efforts to marketing colleagues nationwide!

Click here for information on the Quest Awards.More

Will you be at RSNA? You are invited to a member reception
RBMA and AHRA will be jointly hosting a special reception for members on Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. After a long day of sessions and walking the Exhibit Halls, please join us for a beverage and hors d'oeuvres.

Click here to RSVP by Nov. 20.

Don't forget to stop by the Associated Sciences Kiosk #204D to meet RBMA staff, Executive Director Michael R. Mabry and current RBMA President Bob Still between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.

See you in Chicago!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.

Now the RBMA has an easy solution for training and documenting the training of your employees. 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!

Click here for more information.More

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

Summit Radiology Associates selects Merge for end-to-end Radiology Solutions full suite
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Summit Radiology Associates, a multi-site practice, will implement Merge's end-to-end suite of Radiology Solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.More

RamSoft partners with M*Modal to improve radiology workflows
RamSoft, Inc.
RamSoft, Inc., a leading developer of RIS, PACS and Teleradiology health IT software solutions, has partnered with M*Modal to offer embedded speech technology as an additional means of improving workflow for radiologists.More

How the Affordable Care Act affects radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
VideoBriefThe Affordable Care Act has a "growing profound effect" on radiology, according to Cindy Moran, assistant executive director for the American College of Radiology. In this video, Moran discusses how the healthcare reform law is accelerating the transition away from a fee-for-service reimbursement model. Payment systems will become more hospital-centric with bundled payments, she said.More

CMS releases Medicare Fee Schedule: ACR says imaging cuts dangerous
Imaging Economics
Cuts to funding for medical imaging exams in the Medicare Fee Schedule Rule — particularly expansion of the multiple procedure payment reduction for interpretation of scans performed on the same patient, in the same session on the same day, to all providers in the same practice or hospital — are unnecessary, unfounded and undermine care for the most sick or injured, according to the American College of Radiology.More

Stage 3 Meaningful Use regs add pressure to get imaging studies into EHRs
Imaging Biz
In a draft version of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria, the goal of having at least 10 percent of imaging studies be accessible through certified electronic health record systems gets some teeth. In addition, the draft suggests doubling the requirement for computerized provider order entry use from 30 percent of radiology orders to 60 percent of such orders, and pushes for greater use of computerized clinical decision support to curb inappropriate testing. More

Admins hopeful about profit growth; Medicare, not so much
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiology administrators are optimistic that in the coming months their facilities will grow and operating and staff costs will remain constant. But they remain less confident about Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional imaging, according to fourth-quarter 2012 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. The MICI survey found that survey participants expressed "low confidence" that Medicare reimbursement will be sufficient.More

AHA: Cardiac imaging management cuts unnecessary follow-up tests
Health Imaging
A cardiac imaging management program prevented unnecessary imaging exams and resulted in a 12 percent reduction in the likelihood of follow-up tests, including myocardial perfusion imaging and cardiac CT scans, according to a poster presentation at the American Heart Association annual scientific meeting. Previous research places the rate of inappropriate cardiac imaging exams at approximately 15 percent. More

Medicare electronic submissions system makes slow start
Medicare auditors received electronic attachments of only 85,000 medical records through the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation system in the program's first year, which ended Sept. 15. Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has still not implemented standards that would allow physicians and hospitals to send electronic claims attachments to commercial payors that request them to support claims.More