Nov. 13, 2013

Question of the week
How many screening mammography only sites do you have in your community?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Did your practice's manager receive a bonus this year, and how was the bonus determined?

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Member benefit: Continuing education credits
Most RBMA programs offer the following categories of continuing education credit:

Credits Offered By
AAPC CEU Credits American Academy of Professional Coders
ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) American College of Healthcare Executives
Category A CE Credits American Society of Radiologic Technologists
NASBA CPEs National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
RCC Continuing Education Units Radiology Coding Certification Board
RBMA Continuing Education Radiology Business Management Association
Radiology Leadership Institute American College of Radiology's Radiology Leadership Institute

The number of continuing education credits offered will be listed with the specific program on the RBMA website and in printed materials. Please visit www.rbma.org/continuing_education for more information on credits offered and the specifics of each program and save the dates for our upcoming educational programs:

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs: March 9-11, 2014
Radiology Summit: May 4-7, 2014
Fall Educational Conference: Oct. 19-21, 2014

We hope to see you in 2014 at one of our esteemed educational programs!More

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

RBMA to launch new online learning division — RBMA U
Coming this spring, RBMA will be offering an online education portal based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge that will allow individuals seeking new skills in radiology business management to learn on their own time and at their own pace. The first course to be released, Radiology 101, will provide an overview of fundamental management processes; planning, organizing, controlling, and leading as applied to radiology. It is designed as a survey course for new managers or for those interested in exploring a career in radiology business.

RBMA U is currently seeking qualified instructors. Please review the job description and submit an application if you are interested.

Watch for details to come!More

Learn about the Stark Law and Sunshine Act from expert attorneys
Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., and Clinton Mikel, Esq., will host a roundtable at the upcoming Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs to answer your most pressing questions. In order to get the most out of this dedicated Q&A with the attorneys, attendees will be required to watch a prerequisite webinar that will address the basic tenets of the Stark and Sunshine laws and that will be posted on the RBMA website prior to the conference. This one hour session with attorneys is included with your conference registration fee!

Register today.

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

Join RBMA and AHRA at a special reception at RSNA
RBMA and AHRA will be hosting a joint reception on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, from 6:15-7:15 p.m. during the RSNA 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. If you are attending RSNA you are invited to attend! Please download the invitation and bring it with you to the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place — First Level, Jackson Park ABC Room.

Please refer to the reader boards located throughout the hotel to confirm room assignment the day of the event.More

Big data and its relevance to medical imaging
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
"Big data" is a buzzword you'll be seeing a lot over the next few years as your corporate executive team and healthcare vendors incorporate it into their business development activities. Your health system will need to understand the term and determine how it applies to your organizational healthcare IT vision and patient care initiatives.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.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. More

Tuomey Healthcare Systems ordered to pay nearly $278 million for Stark Law and False Claims Act violations
A United States District Court judge in South Carolina has ordered Tuomey Healthcare Systems (THS) to pay just shy of $278 million for entering into prohibited contractual relationships in violation of Stark Law and the False Claims Act (FCA).More

Adobe breach — What was originally thought to be 2.9 million hacked turns into over 38 million
In early October 2013, it was reported that Adobe experienced a data breach whereby hackers obtained access to credit card information and other personal data from 2.9 million customers.More

Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance: Is it the San Francisco treat that will sweep the nation?
The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) was passed in October and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, for all San Francisco businesses with 20 or more employees. The FFWO aims to “reduce family flight” from San Francisco by affording eligible employees the right to request special arrangements from their employer designed to assist with care giving responsibilities.More

Connecticut weighs in on electronic health record donations
Connecticut joins several other states in restricting the ability of a laboratory to make a donation toward the electronic health record (EHR) system of a referral source.More

ADVOCATE wins radiology billing agreements with Drs. Hill & Thomas Co.
ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that they have been awarded the exclusive billing agreement with Drs. Hill & Thomas Co. in Cleveland, Ohio.More

RamSoft launches PowerServer Nube; fully-hosted, pay-per-study RIS/PACS for Latin America
RamSoft expands its product line by offering PowerServer Nube, a Spanish language, hosted platform RIS/PACS for Latin America.More

How much is that X-ray? Still hard to say, even in Massachusetts
Kaiser Health News
Finding out how much an X-ray costs sounds like a simple question. But it is actually very difficult to get an answer. In Massachusetts, a new state law requires insurers to be able to tell members how much a test, treatment or surgery will cost. But while the new law pulls back the curtain on prices of health procedures to some degree, the burden is still on the patient to ask for information. As a recent test drive of the new law showed, there are quite a few hoops for patients to jump through. More

Top 5 ICD-10 considerations that you haven't thought about
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By Michael Sappington: I don't know if it was the cold in the air, but the one-year anniversary to next October's ICD-10 deadline has changed the conversation from concerned to borderline terrified for many of this country's medical practices. It's not like this deadline has taken anyone by surprise, but nonetheless the potential of delay has continued to keep enough of the fear at arm's length ... until now! More

Consumers must also be held accountable for medical credit cards
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Consumers interested in various veterinary or medical services that are typically out-of-pocket may pay for those services with a credit card. But if they don't have a credit card due to a less-than-stellar credit rating, they may have to turn to a medical credit card. These come in the form of iCare and CareCredit. These medical credit cards have come under fire lately in a recent New York Times article and follow-up editorial. The articles shine a light on potential consumer abuses by these medical card companies. But it's important to avoid completely exonerating the consumer from any responsibility when applying for credit.More

Debate over delaying individual mandate grows louder
Health Leaders Media
The American Academy of Actuaries is warning that delaying the individual mandate could affect risk pools and claims in 2014 and beyond. Health plans say they cannot work without this key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Insurers and actuaries are warning that extending the enrollment period and delaying the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act will create "potentially adverse consequences" for the law.More