Dec. 11, 2012

Register for RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Registration is now open for 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 San Antonio.

Plus attend the 8th Annual Quest Awards Ceremony. Start collecting your showcase marketing samples. Entries are now being accepted. Click here to submit your Quest Awards entry.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 10-12
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas

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Giving the gift of free webinars to RBMA members
This month, RBMA members may attend two dynamic webinars FREE!

The ACR Update with presenters Joshua Cooper, Kathryn Keysor and Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, will discuss CMS' final regulations for 2013 from the MPFS, HOPPS and more; the short and long term impacts of the Affordable Care Act on radiology; what ACR is doing to preserve radiology and maintain stability during this time of huge change and will allow time to talk out the issues and find out what you can do to help!

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

Click here for instructions on joining the webinar.

Making Meaningful Use Work will be a panel discussion of participants who have gone through the process and will share strategies and ideas for managing workflow, educating staff and patients, implementing new systems and reports, and much more. Learn from their experience and bring your own questions and ideas for the group.

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

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MedLearn offers 2013 Radiology Coding Update webcast 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.

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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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 choice 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 before the end of the year
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!

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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.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must apply by Dec. 14.

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

The digital edition of the November/December RBMA Bulletin is available online
The November/December issue of the RBMA Bulletin focuses on Physicians' Issues and a Look at the Future. Now you can read the most current issue of the RBMA Bulletin in any setting or environment!

  1. Read the printed copy that will arrive in your mailbox — anywhere, anytime, at your leisure. No electricity or WiFi required!
  2. On the Web, click on the Bulletin cover graphic to download a complete pdf version of this issue of the RBMA Bulletin. (Only recommended for those with a high-speed Internet connection.)
  3. Enjoy the online version by clicking on each story listed. Each story will appear on a Web page.
  4. View the magazine in its new digital format that includes photos, images and links to key authors and advertisers.
  5. Download the new digital RBMA Bulletin to your PC/Mac for offline reading.
Click here to access the November/December RBMA Bulletin online.More

Taking the Guesswork Out of Physician Staffing: A Three-Step Process for Radiology Practices — the expanded version
To read an expanded version of the above titled article by Jeff Akers, CPA, published in the November/December 2012 issue of the RBMA Bulletin, click here.

The data article archives is a resource for RBMA members who are specifically looking for published articles focused on data collecting.More

Healthcare reform: It's the law!
The re-election of President Barack Obama and the lack of change in the control of the houses of Congress effectively ensures that the provisions of healthcare reform will remain in place and will continue along the path of implementation.More

Social media in the workplace: Don't ask, don't tell
Social media is now an integral part of most radiology and imaging practices' marketing strategies. Many practices, in fact, have dedicated employees whose daily duties require them to maintain the practice's web-based presence.More

Major tax changes are imminent
As most Americans headed to the polls last month, many wondered what impact the election would have on their businesses, especially from a tax standpoint. What is likely to happen to tax rates in 2013 and subsequent years?More

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

NCGS Incorporated selects Merge eClinical OS for Phase I-IV studies
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that NCGS Incorporated has selected Merge's eClinical OS and clinical trial management solution to streamline data management activity through electronic data capture technology transfer and improve study management efficiency.More

IRS issues final regulations for medical device tax as industry lobbies for delay
Imaging Biz
Final regulations for application of the medical device excise tax yielded no relief this week for imaging manufacturers. While officials at the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance are still working to repeal the 2.3 percent tax, they hope to at least convince lawmakers to delay implementation.More

Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some docs
Kaiser Health News and Colorado Public Radio
Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge. One is a lot of unhappy doctors. In a big survey by Medscape this summer, 38 percent of the doctors polled said they were unhappy with their electronic medical records system.More

Radiologists: Business analytics tools not used enough in healthcare
Business analytics tools have the potential to help the healthcare industry — and in particular the radiology industry — tighten up its processes to improve quality and safety. However, according to Katherine Andriole, director of imaging informatics at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, such tools aren't being used nearly enough.More

Did attendance fall at RSNA 2012 because of lack of 'technology breakthroughs?'
DOTmed News
The Radiological Society of North America's 2012 annual meeting in Chicago was a "low-key" show that wrapped up "another slow year for technology innovation in medical imaging," according to an event post-mortem by a Frost & Sullivan analyst. However, the analyst said he was "bullish" on imaging informatics, as it has intrinsic strengths that don't depend on modality innovation. More

Study: Half of radiologists will be sued by age 60
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The chances of a radiologist being the defendant in at least one medical malpractice suit is 50 percent by age 60, but the difference in frequency and average number of suits varies by state and sex, according to a new study published online in Radiology. "The specter of malpractice action remains a matter of concern for the specialty of radiology in general and for individual practitioners in particular," wrote lead author Dr. Stephen Baker.More