Dec. 4, 2012

Question of the week
How is your group meeting its IT needs?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
Approximately how many hours per month does your hospital-based practice spend providing medical director services to its hospital(s)?

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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: Click here for instructions on joining the webinar.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
Noon-2 p.m. EST

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

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Free webinar: Making Meaningful Use Work
Feedback from many of the radiology practices and imaging centers that have gone through the Meaningful Use attestation process is similar: it's a big undertaking, but it's not an impossible task.

During a one-hour free webinar, join a panel of colleagues who have gone through the process to find out what strategies were used, gather ideas for managing workflow, learn how to educate staff and patients, how to implement new systems and reports, and much more.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
1-2 p.m. EST

This webinar is complimentary to RBMA members but you must register! Click here to register today.More

Participate in RBMA's mini-Survey: EHR Incentive Program Implementation Status
This short mini-Survey was designed to gauge the status of implementation of the EHR Incentive Program among RBMA member practices. It collects demographic information about your practice as well as ownership of certified EHR technology, EHR Incentive Program implementation status and, if applicable, reasons for your practice's inability or decision not to participate in the program.

The mini-Survey includes only five questions; completing it should require only a few minutes of your time. The mini-Survey will be open for participation until Dec. 21.

Please click here to access the mini-Survey.More

Register for the RBMA 2013 Coding Academy Course
The RBMA Coding Academy Course is a two-day program that begins with an overview of newly released codes for 2013, coding and reimbursement information for both hospital-based and free standing practices and coding instructions for a variety of modalities.

The second day of the program will feature a presentation from Diane Hayek, Director of Economics & Health Policy with the American College of Radiology, on the ACR's current and planned coding related initiatives. Find out what the ACR is doing for you! The day will continue with a session on the ins and outs of interventional radiology coding rules and conclude with a full afternoon workshop of case studies.

Attendees have the option to attend one day or both days of this course. Choose what works for you and your needs!

RBMA Coding Academy Course
Jan. 24-25, 2013
Radisson Hotel Reagan International Airport
Arlington, Va.

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Attend the Coding Academy Course FREE
If you have not attended an RBMA seminar or conference in the last five years, now is your chance to experience the great educational benefits RBMA offers by applying for the vRad Education Scholarship.

The next $1,500 scholarship will be awarded for the Coding Academy Course offered Jan. 24-25 at the Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. The scholarship will cover the course fee as well as any travel and lodging expenses.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must apply by Dec. 14.

Click here for more details and to access the application.More

2012 Fall Educational Conference audio recordings now available
Conference attendees will be sent the link to download their complimentary files.

If you are interested in purchasing the handouts and audio MP3 files from the Fall Educational Conference held Oct. 7-10 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Ariz., please place your order here.More

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

Merge's iConnect® Enterprise Clinical platform available through EMC Select program
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that its iConnect® Enterprise Clinical platform is now available through EMC® Select, a program which helps customers easily acquire components that comprise an information infrastructure. The entire iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform including iConnect® Access*, iConnect® Share and iConnect® Enterprise Archive will be offered through the Select program.More

CMS revises place of service policy for teleradiology again
Imaging Biz
According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Transmittal 2563, its clarified place of service policy is now scheduled for implementation on April 1, 2013. The policy seeks to resolve confusion arising from how to bill for diagnostic tests in teleradiology situations where the technical component is furnished in one place and the radiologist's read or professional component is furnished in another place. More

Threats to radiology and 20 ways to beat them back
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
It's a common topic of conversation in radiology today: The profession is under attack from several fronts. This lament is most certainly true, but there are several ways to conquer these problems, industry experts said at the RSNA meeting. But before you know how to fix the situation, said Jonathan Berlin, MD, associate professor of radiology at Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine, you have to understand the forces working against you.More

KLAS: In PACS market, it's innovate or perish
Health Imaging
As the PACS market expands, the most successful vendors will be those that offer meaningful upgrades to enhance usability in a timely manner, according to a report from market researcher KLAS. "The top-rated PACS innovators have a track record of improvement," Ben Brown, author of the report and KLAS research director said in a press release.More

Radiology and consumerism: Odd bedfellows?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
For a long while, the doctor-patient paradigm has been one in which "doctor knows best." But this framework has changed as patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just as they would any other consumer choice, members of a panel presentation on radiology and consumerism said at the RSNA meeting. If radiologists know what's good for them — and their patients — they will adjust, the group advised.More

Experts: Governors won't resist Medicaid expansion for long
Governors will eventually succumb to pressure to expand their Medicaid programs, a pair of healthcare experts predicted, arguing that the prospect of medical practices going out of business will force their hands. "The governor gets to decide whether these providers are going to go out of business," said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health. "If you frame it up like that, it begins to look different from a political standpoint."More

Health insurers learn how to woo
Kaiser Health News via USA Today
As the healthcare overhaul moves ahead, the nation's health insurers are scrambling to reinvent themselves, hoping to boost their image and entice millions of Americans to enroll, some for the first time. The new customers will mostly shop for and buy their own insurance — a different and harder-to-reach group than the industry's traditional employer clients. So insurers are seeking novel ways to reach them.More