Nov. 27, 2012

Are you attending RSNA right now?
If so, please stop by the RBMA Associated Sciences kiosk in Lakeside Hall, #204D, to meet RBMA leadership and staff between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily and to pick up your RBMA Power Pack* — a resource to help get you through RSNA and beyond!

*While supplies last.More

Renew your RBMA membership for 2013 before the end of the year
Don't chance a lapse in your benefits! Renew your membership today and continue enjoying your favorite RBMA benefits.

Next year, RBMA members will qualify for discounted rates at the Radiology Summit, May 19-22, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and at the Fall Educational Conference, Sept. 8-11, at the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center. Plan your calendar early.

In addition, as a member you will continue to receive the RBMA Bulletin, have access to RBMA Forums and be part of a community that keeps you informed and knowledgeable of industry events and government affairs.

In 2013, you can expect expanded 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.

If you have not done so already, please mail in your renewal today.More

The newest savings solution for RBMA members — discounts on shipping services!
PartnerShip®, the endorsed shipping management provider of RBMA, is pleased to help all RBMA members save on shipping. Through RBMA's agreement with PartnerShip®, members who enroll in the free RBMA Shipping Program save significantly with FedEx, delivering expertise, great service and value for all your shipping needs — virtually anytime, anywhere.

Members also save on LTL freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip® with leading national and regional freight carriers. Visit PartnerShip.com/12RBMA for more information and to enroll in this valuable member benefit! If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip® at 800.599.2902, or email sales@PartnerShip.com.More

ACR update webinar: FREE to RBMA members
Join presenters Joshua Cooper, Kathryn Keysor and Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, for a very important update from the ACR!

Wednesday, Dec. 12
1-2:30 p.m. EST

Join this webinar to: Save the date, and watch for details to come at www.rbma.org.More

MedLearn Offers 2013 Coding Update audio seminar to RBMA members
Every year brings significant changes to coding for radiology procedures. Not knowing what the changes are or what they mean could cost your facility dearly, both in terms of lost revenue and penalties for noncompliance. Don't take any chances! Join long-time radiology coding expert Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC, as he conveys this valuable information to you in the comfort of your own practice.

Save the Date!
Monday, Dec. 17
11 a.m.-1 p.m. CST

RBMA members will receive a $35 discount off the $235 price for this webcast.

Click here for details.More

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

Huntington Memorial Hospital selects iConnect® for community-wide image interoperability
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that Huntington Memorial Hospital, a 625-bed, not-for-profit community-focused regional medical center, has selected Merge PACS and the entire iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform to image-enable both their hospital inpatient EHR as well as their community health information exchange, Huntington Health eConnect.More

DR Systems, Inc. and MACH7 Technologies announce global alliance
DR Systems
DR Systems and Mach7 Technologies have announced a global alliance between DR Systems and Mach7. Mach7 was recently recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the 2012 Global Enterprise Imaging Informatics Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.More

Informatics: The cause of — and solution to — radiology's problems
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Paul Chang, MD, has a lot of titles. He's a professor of radiology at the University of Chicago. He's the vice chair of Rad Informatics. He's one of the presenters of the Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture at RSNA 2012. But his father, a retired radiologist, has a different title for Chang: The Man who Ruined Radiology. That's because Chang is an informatics guy, a PACs person. More

ONC requests comments on stage 3 definition of meaningful use
Imaging Biz
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is now officially accepting comments on its draft stage 3 definition of meaningful use of electronic health records. The request for comments notice was published in the Monday, Nov. 26, issue of the Federal Register. Comments are only being accepted electronically at regulations.gov, and all comments must be in by midnight Eastern time on Jan. 14, 2013. More

RSNA: How to get on the social media bandwagon
Health Imaging
Social media has emerged as the information distribution engine of the modern marketplace. Five years ago, healthcare providers could ignore the burgeoning model. Today, patients expect and prefer hospitals and physicians that use social media, Andrew Moriarity, MD, of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, said during a presentation at the Radiological Society of North America. More

Supreme Court revives challenge to President Obama's healthcare law
The Hill
The Supreme Court revived a legal challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, saying a lower court can consider a challenge to the law's individual mandate. The court — with the blessing of the Obama administration — revived a suit filed by Liberty University. When Liberty's case reached a federal appeals court, the court said it could not rule because of the Anti-Injunction Act, a federal law that bars lawsuits against new taxes before they have taken effect.More

Medicaid expansion report calculates modest state costs
Health Leaders Media
States that expand their Medicaid rolls under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would see only modest increases in their share of the costs when compared with the windfall in federal funding that would come with it. That's according to a new report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation that also suggests that some states could net budget savings under the expanded Medicaid rolls.More

Study finds Medicare patients get repeat testing too often
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Are Medicare patients getting too many repeat diagnostic tests — including medical imaging scans? A study of nearly 750,000 patients published online Nov. 19 in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests this is the case. Researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice conducted a study to evaluate ordering patterns for eight commonly performed diagnostic tests to determine the likelihood of repeat testing.More