Dec. 2, 2014

RBMA member benefit: Scholarships
Each year, RBMA offers scholarships to assist members with attending RBMA educational programming. There are seven scholarships available for 2015:

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are first time practice managers or those interested in becoming a practice manager a chance to experience the value of RBMA. The yearly scholarship recipient is awarded the opportunity to attend either the RBMA Radiology Summit or RBMA Fall Educational Conference. The application deadline for the 2015 scholarship is March 6, 2015.

RBMA is also pleased to announce that it has once again partnered with vRad and will be offering six vRad Education Scholarships to RBMA programs in 2015!

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling deadline basis until all available scholarships are awarded. Please submit your application by the following deadlines:

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs New Orleans, La. Feb. 13, 2015
Radiology Summit Las Vegas, Nev. April 14, 2015
Fall Educational Conference Austin, Texas July 31, 2015

Attend the AHRA-RBMA reception at RSNA tonight
Even if you have not had a chance to RSVP, if you have an hour to spare, please join AHRA and RBMA for an evening reception at 6 p.m. CT tonight, Dec. 2, 2014, at the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place — first level, Room: Jackson Park BC/CC10 BC.More

Renew your RBMA membership by Dec. 31
Don't lose touch with your radiology business community! Join us for another year of benefits built exclusively for you.

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 already renewed, thank you! We look forward to serving you for another year.

If you have questions about the renewal process, please contact us at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

DataMAXX — Did you know? Accessing results
With the advent of DataMAXX, RBMA's online data warehouse, in 2012, RBMA no longer prints survey results. Subscribers can run structured queries that show the most current results. Subscribers who have submitted data can run free reports that show their practice's results next to statistics for all respondents; the annual subscription rate for non-participants is $500 for basic reporting or $1,000 for premium reporting. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

RBMA U highlight: Information Management
Radiology Business 101 is comprised of eight modules based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The fourth module, Information Management, is an overview course designed to address the various types of data stored in the information management system, as well as data security, storage management, data metrics, standards and best practices, internal and external networking options and management processes.

The courses INF-003 through INF-006 are being produced in partnership with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and will be available soon.

The Information Management module includes the following six courses:

Course Number Course Name
INF-001 Introduction to Information Management
INF-002 HIPAA HITECH – Security and Audits
INF-003 Managing the IT Workflow
INF-004 Data Management Standards and Best Practices
INF-005 Internal & External Communication Systems
INF-006 Project Management for IT

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

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, or 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

Republican midterm wins support device tax repeal
For the first time in eight years, the Republican Party holds a majority in both houses of Congress. The RBMA addressed what this might mean for the business prospects of its members and potential members in a Nov. 6 article. But the picture is somewhat different for vendors.More

RSNA: Get prepared for ICD-10
Health Imaging
After some highly publicized delays, ICD-10 codes will be implemented Oct. 1, 2015, and radiologists were once again urged to prepare for the switch during a Dec. 1 session at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Denise Merlino, founder of Merlino Health Care Consulting, highlighted important steps providers can take now to save themselves headache in the coming months. More

Straight talk from the PACSman: Extending your existing PACS
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Anyone who was raised by Depression-era parents like I was can probably relate to the statement, "If you can't buy new, then you make do." That's also the new mantra for PACS: Facilities must maximize the life and performance of their existing systems while minimizing financial, technical, and operational resources. More

Cloud gains traction in healthcare
Healthcare providers are increasingly recognizing that the cloud empowers them to reduce costs, enhance agility and improve insights. And many now are investing more heavily and expanding their cloud initiatives. By 2020, 80 percent of healthcare data will "pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as providers seek to leverage cloud-based technologies and infrastructure for data collection, aggregation, analytics and decision-making," according to IDC Health Insights.More

Patients like accessing imaging records
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Most patients like having direct access to their medical exam records, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City evaluated patient and provider satisfaction with the use of RSNA Image Share, an Internet-based interoperable image exchange system that gives patients ownership of their imaging exams and control over access to their imaging records.More

Financing integration: Tapping new sources of liquidity
Health Leaders Media
Health systems are positioning themselves for new reimbursement models amid shaky financial, regulatory and political environments. The uncertainty leaves providers more focused on liquidity. Many have found medium-term capital an attractive alternative in their strategic capital formation to fill the gap between short- and long-term investments. More