Dec. 18, 2012

Question of the week
In 2013, do you plan to give your non-physician staff merit or cost-of-living pay raises or increase the entry level pay rate?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll:
How is your group meeting its IT needs?

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

Participate in the Practice Management Forum FREE in 2013 ...
... 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

RBMA Radiology Coding Academy — your best resource for coding education
RBMA's Radiology Coding Academy will bring you enhanced and expanded coding curriculum. The new two-day format 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!

Register today!

Coding Academy Course
Jan. 24-25
Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Va.

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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

The deadline to participate in RBMA's mini-Survey: EHR Incentive Program Implementation Status is this Friday
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 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 three days of an intense and exceptionally fun learning experience in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Adirondack Radiology Associates doubled coder productivity, reduced claim denials by using Optum Computer-Assisted Coding
Coding that previously required four full-time coders now only requires one. Many of ARA's coders have been reassigned to other billing areas that needed attention. Coders now enjoy the flexibility of working remotely and focusing on more complex coding needs. Working with other solutions, Optum CAC has helped reduce ARA's A/R days by 10.More

Senate bill to block MPPR cut picks up 3 new sponsors
Imaging Biz
Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.; James Risch, R-Idaho, and John Boozman, R-Ark., have signed on to S. 2347, The Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act. This brings the total number of co-sponsors to 21. The corresponding House bill — H.R. 3269, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act — has gathered 269 cosponsors. The House has 435 voting members, which means the bill would pass if all cosponsors voted for it.More

Medicare silver bullets: What's the best way to control costs?
Kaiser Health News
Kaiser Health News asked a range of health policy experts the following question: If you could make only one change to Medicare to control costs, what would it be and why? Edited excerpts of their answers follow.More

ACOs offer a potential opportunity for radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The implementation of healthcare reform is no longer a question, and many in radiology have been sounding the alarms on what accountable care organizations or similar system and payment models will mean for the profession. ACOs, borne out of the Affordable Care Act, are healthcare models focused on payment and care delivery that tie provider reimbursement to quality measures and cost-of-care reductions in patient populations.More

CMS proposal could ease payment path for oncology PET tracers
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week proposed a new policy that could make it easier for new oncology PET tracers to win reimbursement. PET advocates are disappointed, however, that the change won't apply to tracers used for neurology and cardiology applications. More

States lean on feds for health insurance exchanges
Health Leaders Media
The federal government will run more health insurance exchanges as they come online next year than states. On Friday, both Virginia and Florida rejected running their own exchanges, just hours before the midnight deadline for states to officially declare whether or not they would set up their own insurance exchange or get some amount of help from the federal government. More

The path to leadership
Health Imaging
The need for radiologist leaders has become crystal clear. However, examples of imaging leadership may be less evident. The conventional expression of imaging excellence — diagnostic excellence — is necessary but not sufficient. This week's top news illustrates two opportunities for leadership. More