Nov. 20, 2012

Question of the week
Approximately how many hours per month does your hospital-based practice spend providing medical director services to its hospital(s)?
Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Has your billing service or in-house billing office been given online access to the hospital's RIS and HIS to retrieve billing information and copies of reports for billing of your hospital-based services?

Click here to access Hot Topic archives.More

NEW! RBMA Shipping Program
RBMA has signed an agreement with PartnerShip® to help you save on every inbound, outbound, small and large shipment through its RBMA Shipping Program. This program is FREE to RBMA members! Simply enroll and start saving today!

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More benefits for RBMA members in 2013
The new RBMA Shipping Program is just an example of more new benefits coming to members. Please remember to renew your membership before the end of the year if you have not already done so.More

Save the date for the ACR Update
The American College of Radiology (ACR) will be presenting a year-end audio conference to RBMA members on Dec. 12, 2012. Mark your calendars and plan to listen in!

Detail will be posted shortly at www.rbma.org.More

The deadline to submit your application for the next vRad Education Scholarship is Dec. 14
Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

vRad will award a $1,500 scholarship to RBMA members who have not attended an RBMA conference in the past five years. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. Applicants must have been an RBMA member for at least two years.

Scholarships will be awarded for the following conferences. Choose which conference you would like to attend and submit the application by the posted deadline.

Conference Application deadline
Coding Academy Dec. 14, 2012
Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs Feb. 1, 2013
Radiology Summit April 19, 2013

Click here to access the application.More

Access important data
As an RBMA member you have access to all mini-Survey and Hot Topics poll results by logging on to the RBMA website and clicking on Data & Surveys. Here you will find how your practice stands against others nationwide. Find out what percentage of radiology coders are certified or how radiologists are compensated for call and much, much more.

Click here for a list of all data products available.More

RBMA closed for Thanksgiving holiday
The RBMA offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

We wish everyone a very warm and wonderful holiday. We at RBMA are thankful for all of our members!More

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

Administration expected to release many new rules for health law shortly
Kaiser Health News
With the national health law's political future now entrenched, a deluge of new rules is expected in the coming days and weeks as the Obama administration fleshes out the law's complex components. Most of the anticipation so far has been focused on rules that determine how the new state-based insurance marketplaces called exchanges will operate. More

US extends deadline for states on health insurance exchanges
The New York Times
For the second time in a week, the Obama administration said it was extending the deadline for states to decide whether they will establish and operate online markets where consumers can shop for health insurance under the new healthcare law. Nov. 16 was the original deadline. Now, the White House says, states do not have to decide until Dec. 14.More

More doctors use EHRs, but information still not shared
MedPage Today
The number of U.S. primary care physicians using electronic medical records increased by 50 percent in the last three years, but most doctors still do not receive timely information from specialists or hospitals, an international survey found. Roughly 69 percent of U.S. primary care doctors reported using EHRs in 2012 compared with 46 percent in 2009, the survey found. More

7 strategies to improve your radiology practice
DiagnosticImaging (registration required)
Jim Lipcamon writes, "I have been in radiology management for more than 26 years and involved in many customer service initiatives. From my interaction with patients and referring physician offices, I have compiled seven strategies to help improve your imaging practice. These strategies have helped me improve my operations."More

CT procedure volume falls, except for emergency use
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
After decades of rising CT utilization, U.S. doctors appear to have finally hit the pause button — and even the reverse button — reducing their use of CT scans in every setting except emergency radiology, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.More

Half of providers win in Medicare appeals
As many providers have long argued, the Medicare appeals process is notoriously inconsistent. And a new Office of Inspector General report released recently revealed that different levels of appeal did not apply the same standards, suggesting that Medicare appeals are also "inefficient." More

5 reasons patients are becoming more demanding
If you are finding that patients are becoming more demanding, you are not alone. Increasingly, imaging providers are fielding more questions about the cost of procedures and are measured on factors beyond just the quality of their equipment and the expertise of their radiologists. Factors such as how much time they spend with their patients to alleviate concerns and explaining procedures.More

3-D imaging improves breast cancer screening
Scientific American via The Huffington Post
The mammograms most women receive are decidedly two-dimensional. An X-ray machine takes images of the breast from the sides, and radiologists examine the resulting image to see if it offers up any hits of potentially cancerous irregularities. These tests, however, are far from perfect. Normal calcium deposits and fibrous tissue can align to create a composite image that resembles a suspect mass. And small lesions can go undetected if they are hidden among normal tissue.More