Dec. 17, 2013

RBMA holiday schedule
The RBMA office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the holidays. We would like to wish all our members a happy and safe holiday season!More

'Tis the season to submit your 2012 A/R data through DataMAXX
During this holiday season, take time to provide 2012 A/R data for you or your billing clients through DataMAXX, RBMA's members-only financial benchmarking resource, before the end of the year.

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

Need a referring physician satisfaction survey? Download one from RBMA's Gateway for members only
RBMA members may download a referring physician satisfaction survey along with many other shared documents from the Gateway on the RBMA website.

The RBMA Gateway is one of the many benefits of RBMA membership. 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

vRad offers scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Virtual Radiologic, a technology-enabled national radiology practice, has partnered with the RBMA to provide RBMA members additional educational opportunities within the field of radiology.

vRad will award a $1,500 scholarship to RBMA members who have not attended an RBMA conference in the last three years. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. Applicants must be current RBMA members.

Applications for Building Better Radiology Programs will be accepted until Dec. 20.

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

Special announcement regarding Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs registration
Effective Dec. 20, online registration will be unavailable for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs while we upgrade our system to serve you better. During this time, you may register via our PDF meeting registration form, which can be found here. Online registration will reopen in early January.More

Transition to ICD-10 with Ready10, your virtual consultant
Ready10 is a virtual ICD-10 consultant and transition manager, designed specifically for a busy physician practice. This online resource is accessible anytime, anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through everything your practice must know about planning, organizing, analyzing and implementing ICD-10.

Now, through an exclusive arrangement with RBMA, ICD10monitor and MedLearn Publishing, the intuitive Ready10 virtual consultant and transition manager can be yours for the low price of $399, including one provider and five users at just $35 for each of five additional users! Think of the time you'll save, and the money, too!

To find out more about Ready10, register now to attend a free demonstration of Ready10 virtual consultant and transition manager conducted by the nationally recognized ICD-10 subject matter expert Denny Flint, CEO of Complete Practice Resources. Space is limited. Reserve your webcast seat now!

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
Register today!

Libman Education offers RBMA members discount for coding education
RBMA has become an affiliate partner with Libman Education to distribute online medical coder courses. This includes the ICD-10 readiness course Anatomy & Physiology for Coders, which is approved by the Radiology Coding Certification Board for 23 CEU Credits.

RBMA members will receive a 5 percent discount off the retail price of a course by applying a code during the checkout process. Click here to access the discount code.More

RBMA releases summary of 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule Nov. 27 that updates payment policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for physicians' services furnished in calendar year 2014.More

8 ways to boost radiology practice efficiency in 2014
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Do you resolve to make your radiology practice more efficient in 2014? We talked to the experts to bring you eight ways to boost efficiency — without breaking the bank.More

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

CMS issues 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule
On Nov. 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year 2014 and related CMS commentary. In addition to updating payment rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, the Final Rule revises various Medicare Part B payment policies. More

athenahealth and Merge Healthcare partner to provide advanced interoperability for enhanced physician communication and workflow
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced a strategic partnership with athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records, practice management, and care coordination.More

MedInformatix RIS with complete EHR receives Stage 2 Meaningful Use certification
MedInformatix, an innovator in radiology information systems electronic health records, and an established technology brand known for providing real-time real-impact data and workflow EHR solutions to the healthcare industry, announced that its award-winning Version 7.6 has received Stage 2 Meaningful Use certification under guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.More

Congress hustles to address SGR problem before end of year
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Legislative action to address the problematic sustainable growth rate formula has heated up over the past two days. On Wednesday, the House added a three-month SGR patch to its version of the budget bill, and on Thursday, House and Senate committees advanced bills that would replace the SGR altogether. Also on Thursday, the House passed its budget compromise with a bipartisan vote of 332 to 94.More

Report: Thousands of HealthCare.gov enrollment records haven't reached insurers, but inaccuracies declining
The Obama administration said that the rate of inaccuracies in a key enrollment records from HealthCare.gov is declining, but a federal analysis shows about 15,000 consumer sign up forms were never sent to insurance companies due to technical problems with the website. Following the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the online enrollment tool for Americans to sign up for health insurance, Obama administration officials vowed to get the site working for the vast majority of users.More

Corporate asset protection: Shielding your practice from lawsuits, threats
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Given today's litigious society, where successful radiologists are lawsuit targets from competitors, the government, clients, patients and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial. Unfortunately, most radiologists are not well protected and leave key assets, cash flows and even the owner's interest in the business exposed. In this article, the first of two parts, we will explain common pitfalls and suggest tactics for better protecting all aspects of the business or practice.More

Politics color governors' decisions on Medicaid
The Associated Press via WTOP-FM
Partisan politics are coloring governors' decisions about whether to expand Medicaid in their states, affecting billions of dollars and thousands of low-income people. The question of whether they receive Medicaid coverage may have little to do with need, and much to do with the way their states vote in governors' races, including primaries.More