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As 2012 comes to a close, RBMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of RadCast a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8.



Personal emails on work computers: Are they fair game for employers?
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From April 10, 2012: In the continuing struggle between an employee's privacy rights and the employer's right to access company-provided computers and other electronic devices, the Illinois Court of Appeals recently weighed in with regard to a matter involving the alleged violation of the Stored Communications Act (SCA), 18 USC 2701, et seq. More

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Salaries up for radiology administrators
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From June 5, 2012: Salaries for both radiologists and radiologic technologists in the U.S. fell in 2011, according to new salary data from AuntMinnie.com. Meanwhile, radiology administrators appear to be improving their economic lot, reporting six-figure average salaries for the first time. AuntMinnie.com's annual SalaryScan survey tracks benefits and compensation packages for a wide range of radiology professions. More

Is it time to negotiate your group's hospital services contract?
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From March 6, 2012: This is the second installment of, "Is It Time to Negotiate Your Group's Hospital Services Contract? If So, Have a Game Plan." Last month's article described some of the ways your organization can prepare for the process of negotiating a new Hospital Services Agreement. This month's article outlines key provisions your group should consider during that process. More
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Valuation of a medical practice or imaging center not an art or a science, but something in between
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From June 12, 2012: The valuation of a medical practice or imaging center is a hotly debated topic among practitioners, accountants, appraisers, lenders and brokers. With the current increased activity in buying and selling healthcare businesses, it is vitally important to establish a fair and accurate value for the business. More

Recent developments concerning HIPAA audits and penalties for non-compliance
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From May 8, 2012: The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has recently announced that the first 20 HIPAA audit letters have been sent to covered entities. The audit program will involve up to 150 covered entities by the end of 2012. More

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United Healthcare rolls out new patient price calculator
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From June 12, 2012: Patient price-shopping has driven headlines throughout 2012. United Healthcare recently contributed to the conversation with the roll-out of its digital procedure cost estimator. Although the initial roll-out is only in 47 cities, the online tool eventually will be accessible to 14 million United Healthcare members, who can use it to comparison shop some 240,000 providers by price or quality rating. More

Tip: Use the HIPAA Audit Protocol as an internal checklist for privacy, security and breach notification rule compliance
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From Aug. 7, 2012: The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act requires the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to provide periodic audits to ensure that covered entities (e.g., healthcare providers) and business associates (third parties who perform services on behalf of covered entities, such as billing companies) are complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. More



AMA wants Congress to postpone ICD-10 adoption deadline
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From Jan. 31, 2012: The American Medical Association urged Congress to postpone the scheduled change to ICD-10 codes in 2013. The ICD-10 codes are supposed to be in use by 2013 as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Most of the world has already switched to the new set of codes. However, the AMA warns that U.S. doctors are ill-prepared at this point to switch to ICD-10. More

Whoa, baby! Managing pregnancy in the workforce
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From Aug. 7, 2012: We've all been hearing a lot about Yahoo's Marissa Mayer lately — and not just because, at 37 years old, she is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Instead, much of the buzz is related to the revelation that she is expecting her first child this fall and her intent to work throughout her few weeks of maternity leave. More

No good news for imaging in proposed 2013 Medicare rates
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From Nov. 6, 2012: There isn't much to like for medical imaging in new Medicare payment rates for 2013. In a Nov. 1 announcement, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed the size of the looming payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula and also affirmed a raft of other payment cuts that will affect radiology. CMS confirmed plans to cut overall physician payment rates by 26.5 percent due to the requirements of the SGR formula. More


 

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