Nov. 18, 2014

RBMA 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 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 15-17, 2015 New Orleans, La.
Radiology Summit June 7-10, 2015 Las Vegas, Nev.
Fall Educational Conference Sept. 27-29, 2015 Austin, Texas

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

Renew now!
Your RBMA membership includes the following benefits:

Your RBMA membership is up for renewal — renew online today at www.rbma.org/renew. 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 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, 2014, 6 p.m. CT, at the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place — first level, Room: Jackson Park BC/CC10 BC.

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

RBMA U highlight: Governance
Radiology Business 101 is comprised of eight modules based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The second module, Governance, is designed to address the topics, tasks and skills associated with organizing, structuring and collaborating with a board and stakeholders.

The Governance module includes the following six courses:

Course Number Course Name
GOV-001 Introduction to Governance
GOV-002 Governance Roles and Responsibilities
GOV-003 Governance and Management Structures
GOV-004 Effective Board Meetings – Topics & Rules of Order
GOV-005 Radiology Group Mergers and Joint Ventures
GOV-006 Developing a Strategic Plan

Students may enroll in a single course, multiple courses or commit to the entire program of 40 courses to be completed within a year.

For more information on RBMA U, click here.More

What do the midterm election results mean for radiology?
RBMA's executive director Mike Mabry and consultant Richard White comment on the Republican Party's resounding win in the midterm elections in an article published by AuntMinnie.com. The tidal wave of change was profound: As of press time, the Republicans had won seven Democrat-held Senate seats, giving the party at least a 52 to 46 seat advantage in the Senate.More

MedLearn Publishing offers RBMA members a discount on 3 upcoming coding webinars

15% off one webinar RBMA15
20% off on two webinars RBMA20
25% off on three webinars RBMA25

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Keep up with radiology coding and minimize risk
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New survey shows ICD-10 readiness growing, albeit more slowly among smaller provider orgs
Imaging Biz
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CIOs, CMOs share EHR, telehealth adoption experiences
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'Green' light: Boosting savings and sustainability in radiology departments
Health Imaging
A recent study has shed a little light on power consumption in radiology departments, and it could help some providers go green while saving money in the process. A group of Irish researchers have found that in their department, electronic equipment left on when not in use generated as much CO2 emissions in one year as 10 passenger cars.More

Report outlines how radiology departments can prepare for Ebola
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiologists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Emory University have outlined a series of recommendations in a special report published online in Radiology to help radiology departments and imaging facilities prepare for Ebola patients. Even though a small number of radiology staff may be involved in the care of Ebola patients, the report emphasizes that technologists should be educated about isolation room procedures and shown how to use personal protective equipment. More