Dec. 26, 2012

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

While you have the time this week, remember to renew your RBMA membership
During this holiday season, take a few minutes to renew your RBMA membership before Dec. 31, if you have not already done so.

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.More

Hotel deadline extended for RBMA Radiology Coding Academy Course
The deadline to make your reservation at the Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport for the RBMA two-day Coding Academy Course has been extended to Jan. 4.

Register today!

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

Click here for more information.More

Learn how to talk the talk and walk the walk at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Even marketers need to understand imaging and interventional radiology terminology and techniques in order to appropriately educate and promote them to referring physicians.

Register for an afternoon of pre-conference sessions at Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs. Choose between a mini course on anatomy, terminology, positioning and how specific modalities work during Imaging Technology for Marketers* with Janet Duffy RT, (R)(M) and Angela Krause RT, ARRT; or attend Radiology in the Post-Reform World: What’s Next?* and gain an in-depth understanding of the Affordable Care Act and the specific impacts it will have on the field of imaging.

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

*Separate fee required

Click here for details.More

vRad offers scholarship for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
Virtual Radiologic (vRad), 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 five years. The scholarships will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. Applicants must have been an RBMA member for at least two years.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1.

Click here to access the application.More

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

How radiologists are doing more with less
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By David Fuhriman, MBA, CPA: In Part 2 in a series analyzing the results of a recent business analytics survey, I'll review what respondents would do with better analytics. Part 1 covered satisfaction with reporting practices. More

MITA member survey: Medical device tax will cost jobs
Imaging Biz
Four out of ten executives from medical manufacturers anticipate reducing their U.S. workforce because of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that will go into effect next year, according to a survey by The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. Twenty-six percent of MITA members responded to the Medical Device Tax Impact survey.More

CMS may put oncologic PET coverage in local hands
Health Imaging
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed removing the national noncoverage decision for PET for FDA-approved oncologic applications. If the decision is finalized, local Medicare Administrative Contractors may determine coverage for new oncologic agents within their respective jurisdictions for PET. More

Doctors' group calls for 'doc fix' in fiscal cliff bill
The Hill
Congress should permanently repeal Medicare's flawed payment formula as part of a year-end deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine said. The Alliance said a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff should include a permanent "doc fix." Doctors will see their Medicare payments cut by nearly 30 percent at the end of this year if Congress does not act, although a permanent fix is unlikely. More

Hospitals fear they'll bear brunt of Medicare cuts
The New York Times
As President Barack Obama and Congress try to thrash out a budget deal, the question is not whether they will squeeze money out of Medicare, but how much and who will bear the brunt of the cuts. Republicans say that some of the savings should come from beneficiaries, and they are pushing proposals like raising the eligibility age or increasing premiums for people with high incomes, who already pay more than the standard premium. More