Dec. 23, 2014

RBMA would like to wish all of our members a happy and safe holiday season
The RBMA office will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in observance of the holidays.More

Renew your RBMA membership by Dec. 31
While you are enjoying the spirit of the holiday the next couple of weeks, give the gift of RBMA membership to yourself and take a moment to renew your RBMA membership if you have not done so already.

Renew online at www.rbma.org/renew.

Please note that because of our tiered membership structure, Primary members will need to renew before any additional members on the account can renew.

If you have questions about the renewal process, please contact us at 888.224.7262 or membership@rbma.org.More

Team registration available for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
The success of a practice often relies on the synergy between the marketing and operations departments. Once again, RBMA is offering a full track of sessions geared toward operations and marketing, as well as a registration discount of at least $150 when you register as an Operations-Marketing Team! In order to take advantage of the team registration rate, both registrations must be completed together* and submitted at the same time.

Registration is now open.

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
March 15-17, 2015
The Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, La.

*Note: Team registration will not apply to individuals from the same practice or company who wish to be added after the initial registration application was submitted.More

Start collecting your best marketing examples for the 2015 Quest Awards
The RBMA Quest Awards is a program recognizing those who have excelled in their marketing programs.

The 10th annual Quest Awards Ceremony will be held March 17, 2015, at RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs in New Orleans, La.

The RBMA Quest Awards recognize those individuals who have excelled in their marketing efforts. Awards are given in seven categories: advertising, website design, patient marketing, physician marketing, cause-related marketing, ideas that wow and people's choice. Each category is recognized at three levels — gold, silver and bronze.

Applications for the 10th annual Quest Awards are now being accepted. Start collecting your best work and plan to submit for your chance to win the coveted RBMA Quest Award!More

DataMAXX — Did you know? No deadlines
It's never too late to submit data to DataMAXX! You can still submit your 2012 or 2013 data to the Accounts Receivable and Compensation modules, in addition to 2013 Productivity data. Once your data have been accepted, you will be able to run structured queries to view up-to-date results for that module and data year.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.More

Managing ICD-10 implementation doubt
As the House leadership counted up supporters and readied the $1.1 trillion, nine-month federal spending bill for a floor vote last week, the prospect that another congressional delay of ICD-10 implementation might be inserted in the massive bill seemed plausible enough that the American Health Information Management Association emailed members to urge them to contact the congressional leadership and lobby against another delay.More

Imaging Healthcare Specialists renews billing service agreement with Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of radiology billing and practice management services, announces a billing contract extension with Imaging Healthcare Specialists Medical Group, Inc. in San Diego, Calif.More

Trending for 2015: Collaboration
Imaging Biz
From the floor of the 100th Annual Meeting of the RSNA, buzzwords were a-flying — value-based medicine, Internet-based systems, storage in the cloud, zero-footprint viewers and plenty of compact imaging technologies. Attendees were deluged with demonstrations of new and updated imaging systems, clinical presentations, as well as updates on image processing, storage and sharing capabilities. More

The long road to health information exchange
By Christina Thielst
Health information exchange is turning out to be one of those really long journeys in which you hear the kids in the back seat asking, "Are we there
yet?" while the driver keeps saying, "Almost." The Office of the National Coordinator is focusing on the next 10 years with its soon-to-be-released road map to reach interoperability. As we await the March 2015 release, it is a good time to reflect on the 10 years since I pulled onto the HIE highway and share a few thoughts on the future.More

Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the insurance industry said it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. America's Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group, says the voluntary steps include a commitment to promptly refund any overpayments by consumers who switched plans and may have gotten double-billed by mistake. More

How to deal with an annoying medical practice coworker
Physicians Practice (registration required)
It can be hard to get over things that get under our skin. While colleagues are often oblivious to their irritating habits, the rest of us go stir crazy looking for ways to ignore their eccentricities. Unfortunately, it seems the more we try to minimize their mannerisms the more magnified those mannerisms become. More