Nov. 25, 2014

Did you renew your membership yet?
If so, thank you! We look forward to serving you for another year.

If not, you still have time to avoid a lapse in your benefits. Take time after the turkey this weekend to renew online 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
Join fellow RBMA members and AHRA members for an evening reception at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place — first level, Room: Jackson Park BC/CC10 BC.

Please RSVP here.More

RBMA U highlight: Human Resources Management
Radiology Business 101 is comprised of eight modules based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The third module, Human Resources Management, is an overview course designed to address the various roles that human resources can play in a radiology practice, with emphasis on the strategic role and its responsibilities; as well as the critical skills a successful human resources manager should possess.

The Human Resources Management module includes the following six courses:

Course Number Course Name
HRM-001 Introduction to Human Resources Management
HRM-002 Strategic Alignment of Human Resources
HRM-003 Compensation and Benefit Structures
HRM-004 Talent Management – Recruitment to Retirement
HRM-005 Workforce Planning – Job Descriptions and Beyond
HRM-006 Employee Engagement

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

DataMAXX — Did you know? 3 ways to submit data
There are three ways to submit data to DataMAXX, RBMA's online data warehouse:

Data submitted online through file upload or manual data entry will be available for reporting immediately, and data submitted on the paper form will be available for reporting in four to six weeks. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

MedLearn offers 2015 coding update webcast to RBMA members
Every year brings significant changes to coding for radiology procedures. Don't miss your opportunity to learn from one of the industry's most recognized radiology coding experts, Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RCC, CIRCC. Do you use modifier 59? Find out what 2015 has in store for modifiers CMS is releasing affecting CCI edits. Get the latest radiology updates and coding information to help your practice and/or facility stay current and compliant in 2015. With over 40 code changes impacting radiology in 2015, it's essential!

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Noon-2 p.m. ET

The 2015 Coding Update is one of three webcasts offered to RBMA members at a discounted rate. See the complete list of webcasts available here.

Exclusive savings for RBMA members only; the more you buy, the more you save! Order one and save 15 percent; order two and save 20 percent; and order all three and save 25 percent! To order and save, simply enter the appropriate discount code in your shopping cart upon checkout:

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

ACR is offering RBMA members a new discount on the JACR
The American College of Radiology is offering RBMA members a subscription to the Journal of the American College of Radiology at a discounted rate of $45. That's a savings of nearly 80 percent from the standard subscription rate of $232!

This special rate includes the journal's 12 regular issues, plus any supplements that are published. Also included in this rate is full text online access to the journal through its website at www.jacr.org.

For more information on subscribing to the JACR at the discounted rate, click here.More

ACR conducting radiology EHR survey
The American College of Radiology is conducting a very brief, one-minute, three-question survey regarding the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The objective of the survey is to get a better understanding of the decision to participate or not participate in the program. RBMA is supporting the ACR's effort and encourages its members to participate in the survey. Your responses will help inform future advocacy and/or educational efforts. Click here for more information about the survey.More

RBMA office will close for the Thanksgiving holiday
The RBMA offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1.

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

What if 'Alex from Target' worked for you?
The Alex phenomenon illustrates the power and impact of social media. However, Alex is not what professional marketing and branding experts mean when they speak about brand ambassadors.More

CRM: Selecting, customizing and utilizing for effectiveness
Listen to this audio recording and learn why a fully integrated CRM system is best practice and how to begin your search and/or ask the right questions of your CRM vendor to take you to the next level.More

Zotec Partners to give CZAR demonstrations at the 2014 RSNA annual meeting
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of radiology billing and practice management services, announces that it will exhibit and provide Comprehensive Zotec Analytics & Reporting demonstrations at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.More

Clean up your A/R before the end of the year
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The end of the year is approaching rapidly and one thing you do not want to do is drag old A/R into the New Year. If you have any A/R from 2013 or (gasp!) 2012, it's time to look at those claims and make a decision if you are going to continue to chase them, or make necessary adjustments and move on. More

Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
In its 2014 manual of CPT codes, the American Medical Association added four new codes that describe procedures for percutaneous, image-guided fluid collection.More

What admins need to know: A recap of hot topics at AHRA 2014
Health Imaging
Radiology administrators have a lot on their minds these days. New regulations — at both the state and federal level — must be accommodated, technology must be upgraded, and overshadowing it all is the new economics of healthcare that demands better care at lower costs. Fortunately, AHRA, the association for medical imaging management, offers some much needed guidance. More

Health IT impedes physicians' ability to see more patients as insurance coverage grows
Fierce Health IT
Physicians are equating the use of health IT with reduced capacity to see more patients just as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is providing coverage for more Americans, a new survey finds. As the number of health information technologies grew, physicians anticipated being significantly less likely to be able to accept new patients, according to the survey of Michigan primary care physicians, which was published in the American Journal of Managed Care.More

Investigators: Government fails to provide adequate data on Medicare provider cost and quality
The Associated Press via Star-Tribune
With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that Medicare lacks clear procedures for getting useful information to consumers.More

Tomosynthesis: Does it create value for your imaging center?
Imaging Biz
Tomosynthesis is a relatively new type of imaging technology that utilizes x-rays to create a 3-dimensional image of the breast and is mainly used to detect and diagnose cancers. Not yet considered the standard in clinical care, most imaging centers still employ conventional digital mammograms as their primary method of detecting breast cancer. More