Dec. 10, 2013

Question of the week
Does your group make the maximum employer discretionary 401(k) contribution allowed by law for its shareholder and employee physicians and other highly-compensated employees (HCE)? Click here to take the poll.

Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Did you give your non-physician staff pay raises or increase the entry level pay rate in 2013, and do you plan to give those staff pay raises or increase the entry level pay rate in 2014?

Click here to access the Hot Topics archives, including short written analyses of poll results.More

Submit 2012 A/R data through DataMAXX by the end of the year
Time is running out to provide your or your billing clients' 2012 A/R data through DataMAXX, RBMA's members-only financial benchmarking resource. Data may be submitted through a practice's DataMAXX subscription (free for participants) or by billing vendors through a special vendor portal. Just download the data file and file layout, enter your data into the file, upload it into DataMAXX, and run structured queries to view survey results in real time.

Click here for more information, including downloadable data files, file layouts, and detailed instructions. Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org with any questions.More

Member benefit: Mobile app for conferences
Accessing conference information is easier than ever and at your fingertips! RBMA will be releasing a new, updated mobile app in 2014 for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs, the Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference. The new mobile app will offer the following benefits:

  1. Attendees will be able to create a personalized agenda with a few simple taps of their mobile device.
  2. Improved profiling will allow attendees to easily connect with others based on interests, professional titles, and more.
  3. Push notifications from exhibitors offering incentives available during the conference will appear throughout the event.
  4. An activity feed with conference attendees' comments and check-ins will appear only to those who are at the conference.
  5. A gamification app is included so attendees can earn badges for the completion of specific actions. Badges earn points. RBMA will award attendees who have earned the most points with a prize.
The new mobile app will be available for download through the Apple Store and Google Play before each conference. Watch for details and be sure to add the RBMA mobile app to your preferred device!More

Join MedLearn for a 2014 Radiology Coding Update webcast tomorrow

Register today and receive a 15 percent discount off the $235 price.* Find out what significant changes to coding will take place in 2014.

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

*RBMA members only

Find more information here.More

Did you know that some RBMA educational recordings can be yours for FREE?
Do some holiday shopping in the RBMA Store for the best deals in the industry! Many recorded conference sessions and webinars are available for download by RBMA members for free. Simply place your order, wait for your order confirmation, and then follow the link at the top of the confirmation to the download area on the Learning Resource Library.

Enjoy recorded sessions covering operations, legislation, compliance, marketing and more!More

Participate in the Practice Management Forum FREE in 2014 ...
... if you renew your RBMA membership. One of the best-rated membership benefits is participation in RBMA forums. Forums are designed to provide you with an arena to ask questions and receive knowledgeable answers from colleagues and experts in the field.

Choose to receive messages in real-time or in digest form at the end of the day.

This benefit will stop if you don't renew your membership. Don't miss out — renew today.

By now, all primary members should have received a renewal invoice in the mail. Please note the only way to renew your membership is to complete and submit the invoice. If you have not received your invoice please contact membership@rbma.org to request a duplicate.

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

Register for RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
One of RBMA's most well-attended seminars, Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will offer one day of pre-conference sessions plus two days of an intense, and exceptionally fun, learning experience in Long Beach, Calif.

Plus, attend the 9th annual Quest Awards Ceremony. Start collecting your showcase marketing samples. Entries will be accepted beginning Jan. 6 through Feb. 21, 2014. All entries MUST have been produced during the time period of Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013.

Register today!

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

Cloud computing: Is it right for your radiology practice?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By now, you've likely heard the phrase "working in the cloud." But what does that mean to radiologists? Fred Prior, PhD, professor of radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, explained the concept at an RSNA 2013 session.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.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.More

CMS issues 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule
On Nov. 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year 2014 and related CMS commentary (the "Final Rule").More

Are you my spouse? Updating FMLA policies because of DOMA decision
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor has had a substantial impact on legally married same-sex couples' rights to federal benefits, including spousal leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).More

Healthcare Flexible Savings Accounts: 'Use-it-or-lose-it' rule modified
On Oct. 31, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS issued Notice 2013-71, which modifies the "use-it-or-lose-it" rule for Healthcare Flexible Savings Accounts (Healthcare FSA).More

Study shows decline in inpatient imaging utilization
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
If the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is any indication, inpatient imaging utilization dropped after 2009 following two decades of growth. Researchers found that use of CT, conventional imaging, and nuclear medicine dipped after 2009, while ultrasound and MRI utilization remained stable. "Knowledge of these trends may help in resource planning for healthcare institutions," said RSNA presenter Dr. Atul Shinagare.More

RSNA trendwatch: Multi-enterprise imaging
Imaging Biz
This year's RSNA left no room for doubt: If you're just talking about image management within the radiology department, you might as well not be talking at all. The logical next step — enterprise image management — has emerged as a key goal both for vendors and for radiology departments seeking to bring the rest of their organizations into the future. Some are even profiting from it.More

MGMA urges 'end-to-end' ICD-10 testing
HealthLeaders Media
The October 2014 roll out of ICD-10 could become a fiasco of epic proportions unless the federal government mandates more rigorous "end-to-end" testing of the complex diagnostic coding system to ensure that it actually works, the Medical Group Management Association told the federal government. In a letter, MGMA President Susan L. Turney, MD, commended the government's decision to initiate testing of ICD-10. However, Turney called the planned "front-end" testing that determines if providers can file claims correctly "simply insufficient."More

Judge's Medicare Advantage order could have national impact
Kaiser Health News
In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state. While the judge's decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions.More

Private physician offices post healthy profit margins
Cardiovascular Business
Physician offices are poised to achieve double-digit net profit margins in 2013, according to a preliminary analysis of privately held companies. Physician offices ranked among the most profitable and general medical and surgical hospitals among the least profitable healthcare-related industries. Sageworks, a financial information company, conducts a quarterly analysis of financial statements to calculate estimated rates of growth. More