Dec. 3, 2013

You are invited to attend the RBMA-AHRA special reception at RSNA tonight
If you are currently attending RSNA, please stop by the RBMA and AHRA joint reception from 6:15-7:15 p.m. this evening during the RSNA 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago. Please download the invitation and bring it with you to the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place – First Level, Jackson Park ABC Room.

Please refer to the reader boards located throughout the hotel to confirm room assignment.

Sponsored by Swissray and Zotec Partners/MMP.

Your 2013 membership will expire Dec. 31 if you don't renew!
Don't lose touch with your radiology business community! Join us for another year of benefits built exclusively for you.

If you are the first member from a practice, or the "Active Member," you have received an invoice in the mail for yourself and additional group members. In order to keep our records consistent, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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

MedLearn offers 2014 Radiology Coding Update webcast to RBMA members at discount
Every year brings significant changes to coding for radiology procedures. For 2014, the major areas of focus include breast interventions — with 14 new CPT® codes — as well as fenestrated aortic endografting, vascular stenting, embolization and drainage procedures. Join long-time radiology coding expert Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RCC, CIRCC, as he conveys this valuable information to you in the comfort of your own practice.

Register today!

2014 Radiology Coding Update
Monday, Dec. 11
Noon-2 p.m. Eastern Time

RBMA members will receive a 15 percent discount off the $235 price for this webcast.

Find more information here.More

Submit your application by Dec. 20 to attend Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs for free
Virtual Radiologic will be awarding one or more scholarships to RBMA members who have not attended an RBMA conference in the last three years for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs.

In order to be considered, please submit the application by Dec. 20.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 9-11, 2014
The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, Calif.

Radiology Associates of Clearwater and Zotec-MMP renew billing and practice management agreement
Zotec-MMP, the industry leader in specialized radiology physician billing and practice management services, announces a five-year billing and practice management contract extension with Radiology Associates of Clearwater in Clearwater, Fla. Before Zotec Partners acquired Medical Management Professionals, Inc. on Aug. 31 to become Zotec-MMP, RAC had been a billing and practice management client with MMP since 2004.More

Merge Healthcare Launches iConnect® Network at RSNA 2013
Merge Healthcare Incorporated
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced the release of iConnect® Network, an advanced imaging network that allows hospitals, providers and imaging centers to exchange imaging information securely and electronically.More

RamSoft enhances user experience in latest version of PowerServer
With each release of PowerServer, RamSoft seeks to add tools and features that enhance the user experience while fostering process automation and improved patient care. The centerpiece of PowerServer version 6.0 is a new look and feel that will enhance usability while maintaining the same robustness end users have experienced over the last 19 years. With the new RamSoft Console™, the end user's experience will be as simple launching an application on their smartphone.More

Do patient portals improve healthcare?
The impact of patient portal use on health outcomes is unclear, according to a systematic review of studies. Moreover, the researchers said, the evidence to date shows that portals are unlikely to have substantial effects on efficiency and utilization of services, at least in the short term.More

Imaging IT sees a sea change
Healthcare IT News
A fundamental question needs to be asked when examining the market for radiology information systems and, especially, picture archiving and communication systems: what does PACS even refer to these days? More

Top 5 ICD-10 considerations you haven't thought about
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Maybe it was the cold in the air, but the one-year anniversary to next October's ICD-10 deadline has changed the conversation from concerned to borderline terrified for many of this country's medical practices. More

5 ways medical billers can end the year strong
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The end of the month is always a bit stressful for billers between trying to make sure all the charges are entered for the month and all the payments are posted before the close of business on the last day of the month. The end of the year is even more stressful because you have the end-of-December stuff and also the end-of-the year loose ends to tie up. More

Not much to be thankful for in final 2014 MPFS, OPPS rules
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
There's not a lot for medical imaging to be thankful for in the new Medicare payment rates for 2014. On Nov. 27, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed its estimate of next year's physician payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula. CMS also confirmed other payment cuts that critics say will affect women's access to mammography and other breast cancer services. More

Final 2014 HOPPS rule excludes some data from MR and CT cost center calculations
Imaging Biz
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services elected to keep the new separate cost centers for MR and CT in its final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule for 2014, but conceded that some of the cost data hospitals had submitted was likely flawed and would be excluded from the cost center calculations. Specifically, CMS excluded data from hospitals that used a cost allocation method of "square feet" and gave those institutions four years to fix their data.More

Controlling healthcare costs
The New Yorker
When it comes to health care, all anyone can talk about these days is Obamacare. And, while that may be understandable, the political furor over the program has obscured a quieter but arguably more consequential development: healthcare costs in this country may finally be coming under control. As a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers details, after half a century in which medical spending has well outpaced G.D.P. growth, something has changed.More

Table: Medicare spending by state and category
Kaiser Health News
One out of every five dollars Medicare spends goes to nursing homes, home health services or other post-acute facilities and services. The spending varies greatly between states: Louisiana spends 31 percent on post-acute services while Hawaii spends 12 percent. A chart breaks down Medicare's 2011 spending into five broad categories. More

Are ACOs really different from HMOs?
HealthLeaders Media
Accountable care organizations aim to completely revamp how healthcare is delivered in the United States, promising better quality and lower costs. But physicians who have heard these promises before are wondering if ACOs are just the new version of HMOs, the same lofty concept dressed up in a new way. More