Dec. 20, 2011

RBMA holiday schedule
The RBMA office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the holidays. We would like to wish all our members a happy and safe holiday season!More

Renew your RBMA 2011 membership by Dec. 31
RBMA membership is valid from Jan. 1–Dec. 31. We are fast approaching the end of the year. Avoid a lapse in your membership benefits and renew your membership today.

To renew your membership immediately, use our quick and easy online renewal form!

When practices with multiple members are renewing, please remember that the first member from a practice is the Active Member; all others are Additional Members. Renewal notices for practices with multiple members have been issued to the Active Member, with all additional group members listed. In order to keep our records consistent and for you to take full advantage of the $105 discount for Additional Members, RBMA requests that groups with multiple members renew together.

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RBMA Radiology Coding Academy — your best resource for coding education
RBMA's Radiology Coding Academy sponsored by will bring you enhanced and expanded coding curriculum. The RBMA Radiology Coding Mechanics Course is taught by industry expert Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RT(R), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC. The RBMA Radiology Coding Review Course is taught by industry expert Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC.

Register today!

Radiology Coding Mechanics Course
Jan. 25, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
2001 Valley View Lane
Irving, TX 75061

Radiology Coding Review Course
Jan. 26, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
2001 Valley View Lane
Irving, TX 75061

The Radiology Coding Mechanics Course includes an overview of newly released codes, compliance and reimbursement information, coding instructions for a variety of modalities and a reimbursement section that will focus on the needs of both hospital-based and free-standing practices.

The Radiology Coding Review Course is designed for individuals who are seeking to advance their careers by sitting for the Radiology Certified Coder exam. Don't miss the only live course offered in 2012.

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RBMA becomes first affiliate of ACR's Radiology Leadership Institute
RBMA is the first affiliate organization of the American College of Radiology's Radiology Leadership Institute. This is the latest step in the development of the RLI — radiology's first professional development and leadership academy — set to launch in July 2012.

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Is your practice press prepared for a crisis?
Join Kathleen Larey Lewton, MHA, Fellow PRSA, at RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs when she presents "Crisis Management: The Time to Prepare is NOW!" Find out how to use an innovative crisis preparedness audit and a new set of best practices for spokesperson preparation to ensure that when that inevitable reputation-threatening crisis occurs, your organization will respond in a way that will preserve and protect the reputation that drives referrals and patient choice.

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Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 18-20, 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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Calendar of events
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DR Systems Unity PACS named "Best in KLAS" among all PACS
DR Systems
KLAS has recognized DR Systems and its Unity RIS-CVIS-PACS platform as the No. 1-ranked overall PACS vendor and product in its "2011 Top 20: Best in KLAS Awards — Software & Services Report."More

CMS multiple procedure payment reduction not happening Jan. 1
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not apply in 2012 the professional component Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction for imaging services performed by separate physicians in the same group practice, the American College of Radiology announced. This decision will affect both office and hospital practices.More

Consensus is key when developing structured report templates
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Is it possible to convert a large radiology department to using structured reports rather than free dictation, while at the same time winning the support of radiologists? Yes, it is. Cincinnati Children's Hospital explained how its effort succeeded in a presentation at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting.More

MedPAC: Medicare imaging spending drops 2.5 percent
Health Imaging
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has confirmed the recent downward trend in Medicare spending and utilization on medical imaging procedures and said imaging services declined by 2.5 percent in 2010. The findings are consistent with an analysis of Medicare claims data commissioned by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance earlier this year.More

Senate offers 2-month doc fix; Boehner disapproves
Imaging Biz
The U.S. Senate approved legislation that averts Medicare reimbursement cuts for just two months rather than the two year "doc fix" contained in the version passed by the House. Along with the temporary pay freeze, the bill contains a two-month extension of a payroll tax break that's been the subject of intense negotiation on Capitol Hill. House Speaker John Boehner said he and other Republicans were opposed to the two-month deal. More

Time to retool?
Imaging Economics
While imaging's tools of the trade can typically be described in terms of modalities and footprints, its ultimate aim is the gathering of information — and thanks to the ongoing digital revolution, more data than ever is available at the fingertips of today's radiologists. Managing data in the analog age was often a thankless task, with lost films and misplaced files the norm.More

Feds face challenges in launching US health exchange
Kaiser Health News
With many states unwilling or unable to get insurance exchanges operational by the health law deadline of Jan. 1, 2014, pressure is growing on the federal government to do the job for them. But healthcare experts are starting to ask whether the fallback federal exchange called for in the 2010 health law will be operational by the deadline in states that will not have their own exchanges ready.More