Nov. 22, 2011

Go paperless: Renew your RBMA membership online
Avoid a paper pile-up on your desk and a mad search for a postage stamp! Access the online renewal form and renew your RBMA membership for 2012 in fewer than five minutes. Keep your membership alive and continue to enjoy the many benefits RBMA has to offer.

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. To keep our records consistent, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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Deadline to submit application for vRad Education Scholarship is Dec. 1
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with 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. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. Applicants must have been RBMA members for at least two years.

The scholarship recipient will be able to use the scholarship to attend the Radiology Summit on May 20-23, 2012, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

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Register to attend RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Registration is now open for one of RBMA's most well-attended seminars. Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will offer three days of an intense, and exceptionally fun, learning experience in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Plus, attend the 7th Annual Quest Awards Ceremony. Start collecting your showcase marketing samples. Entries are now being accepted. Click here to submit your Quest Award entry.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 18-20, 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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Access important data
As an RBMA member, you have access to all mini-Survey and Hot Topic Survey 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 compensating radiologist 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. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28.

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

XIFIN named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 for second consecutive year
XIFIN Inc., the company revolutionizing revenue cycle management for diagnostic service providers, announced that it ranked No. 298 on the Technology Fast 500, Deloitte's ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2006–2010.More

Call yourself an ACO? Prove it
Health Leaders Media
Healthcare providers that boast they're accountable care organizations might now have their services vetted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which announced a three-tiered accreditation program to verify and score those claims.More

MITA: Medicare spending on imaging in decline
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Medicare spending on medical imaging continues to decline, and Medicare patients are receiving fewer imaging procedures, according to a new data analysis released this week by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. The MITA analysis found that spending on imaging services for each Medicare beneficiary has fallen 13.2 percent since 2006, when significant imaging-specific reimbursement cuts from the Deficit Reduction Act took effect. More

A window into the challenge for the supercommittee
Kaiser Health News
The supercommittee, aka the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, must offer Congress by Nov. 23 its ideas on how to trim at least $1.2 billion over 10 years from the federal deficit. In the weeks since this panel was established, thousands of organizations have weighed in — offering ideas and assistance about how to reach this target, and even warnings about the dire implications some steps could have.More

Hospital-physician alignment — from the radiology perspective
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The radiologist's role in patient care is changing, and it is vulnerable. The digitalization of radiology, especially PACS, provides new options for both radiologists and hospital administrators. For radiologists and radiology as a specialty to survive, radiologists must provide a valuable service and be an invaluable part of the hospitals' mission and goals.More

CMS extends Medicare revalidation deadline
Imaging Biz
In a move it believes will simplify the process for all parties concerned, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the Medicare revalidation deadline for providers and suppliers to 2015. Under the Affordable Care Act all providers and suppliers enrolled in Medicare must revalidate their enrollment information using new enrollment screening criteria. More

AHA to CMS: Giving patient access to tests could create 'burdens'
Health Imaging
The American Hospital Association has responded to a triumvirate of federal agencies' proposed rule on patients' access to test reports, warning them of unintended burdens that come with the proposed rule. More

CMS innovation center pledges $1 billion for new cost-saving models
Fierce Healthcare
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation wants to hear your ideas for new delivery and payment models, the agency announced. The CMMI is earmarking up to $1 billion for 100 applicants that propose ways to cut costs for the Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance programs.More