Nov. 15, 2011

Question of the week
What percent change in same-store, total collections has your group experienced in the first three quarters of 2011 compared with the first three quarters of 2010?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
In 2012, do you plan to give your non-physician staff merit or cost-of-living pay raises or increase the entry level pay rate?

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Renew your RBMA membership
You may renew your RBMA membership online beginning today! Don't miss out on another exciting year with RBMA as we move forward with advocacy efforts, increased Web-based education, more products and more communities to connect you with your radiology business peers.

Please remember that the first member from a practice is the Active Member; all others are Additional Members. Renewal notices for practices with multiple members have been issued to the Active Member, with all additional group members listed. In order to keep our records consistent, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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Update your coding calendar
Prepare for 2012 by attending one or all of the following courses offered by RBMA and RBMA Partners.

2012 Radiology Coding Update Dec. 14, 2011 Webinar Hosted by MedLearn
Radiology Coding Mechanics Course Jan. 25, 2012 Live Meeting Dallas, Texas
Radiology Coding Exam Review Course Jan. 26, 2012 Live Meeting Dallas, Texas

Take time to register today!More

More coding resources
RBMA has partnered with several other organizations that provide additional resources for coders. Plus, the RBMA Coding Committee has compiled several resources available for you to download. In addition, don't miss the first coding quarterly newsletter, Imaging View for Radiology, now posted on the RBMA website.

Click here to access the complete collection of coding resources.More

Start collecting your best marketing samples for RBMA Quest Awards
The annual RBMA Quest Awards will take place at the Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar on March 18-20, 2012. The actual awards presentation will be March 19, 2012, 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. 24, 2012. 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 joint hosting a special reception for members on Nov. 29, 2012, at 5:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormack 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. 25.

Don't forget to stop by Booth #7704 to meet RBMA staff, Executive Director Michael R. Mabry, and current RBMA President Michael Bohl, RT, MHA, FRBMA.

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Calendar of events
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Merge Healthcare names 2 new senior executives
Merge Healthcare via Business Wire
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the addition of two industry executives to lead key growth areas. Peter Urbain has joined Merge Healthcare as its Senior Vice President of Partner Sales, and Steven Tolle has joined as Senior Vice President of Solutions Management.More

How to deal with Medicare imaging cuts
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule published recently, CMS announced a Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction that applies a 25 percent reduction to the professional component of second and subsequent advanced imaging services furnished by the same physician (or same group practice) to the same patient, in the same session, on the same day. This is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. More

Supreme Court will hear challenge to health law
As expected, the Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of the sweeping healthcare reform law championed by President Barack Obama. Oral arguments are likely to be held in late February or March, with a ruling by June, assuring the blockbuster issue will become a hot-button political debate in a presidential election year.More

Congressman introduces bill to delay MIPPA deadline
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, has introduced a bill into the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide a six-month grace period to help those opening advanced medical imaging facilities to comply with the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.More

Survey: Most US community hospitals embrace EMRs
Health Imaging
According to the results of a survey of community hospitals, a considerable majority of community hospitals, those with fewer than 300 beds, have already implemented or are in the process of implementing an EMR system. The survey's results were based on questionnaires completed by representatives from 74 community hospitals and returned to Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, a health IT services company.More

Expert: Electronic medical records rarely encrypted
Reuters via Huffington Post
Electronic medical records, which the Obama administration would like to see widely used, are rarely encrypted so a data breach could be triggered by the simple theft of a laptop or misplaced thumb drive, a privacy expert told lawmakers. Regulations require healthcare providers to report data breaches unless the data lost had been encrypted.More

Top healthcare executives earned higher salaries in 2011
Imaging Biz
The average compensation brought home by top executives of healthcare systems was slightly higher this year, with increases averaging 3 percent in 2011 over 2010, reveals a survey conducted by Integrated Health Strategies, a healthcare management consulting firm. In addition to the salary increase, survey results indicate that CEOs and other "C-suite" executives who are eligible for short- and long-term incentives appear to be reaping big rewards.More

ECRI unveils top 10 health technology hazards
Health Leaders Media
The incessant beeping, chirping, whirring, flashing and whooping of any number of patient monitors continues to be a top hazard in hospitals, as bedside providers either struggle to prioritize the noisy demands of the machines, or tune them out completely. That's according to a study, Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2012, from the nonprofit ECRI Institute. More