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The regulatory, administrative and financial challenges radiology practices face are more complex than ever.
In-house billing programs often lack the expertise to address new mandates; are expensive to staff, train and maintain. Also, many local, regional and national billing companies don't have the internal resources, technology and capabilities to operate independently in today's environment.
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Does your organization have a solution in place for April 1 to meet the CMS requirement that the interpreting physician's location at the time of the reading be placed on the CMS 1500 claim form?
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Make your RBMA membership last
If you have not already renewed your membership for 2013, you should have received your last invoice this past week. If you don't renew by Feb. 28, you will have received your last RBMA Bulletin, last forum email and last chance at attending RBMA conferences and buying RBMA products at a discounted rate.
Don't be last; make your membership last by sending in your renewal today. If you have not received your invoice contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a duplicate.
RBMA 2013 Radiology Summit is open for registration and Exhibit Hall booth selection
Join RBMA this spring for the 45th annual Radiology Summit
for high quality education at a location offering world class service.
Just as Spencer Penrose set out to make The Broadmoor a world-class resort, RBMA began with a mission to offer high quality radiology business education not found elsewhere. When RBMA and The Broadmoor join together this spring, be prepared for three days of excellence that only two top-notch organizations can generate.
Registration is now open.
RBMA 2013 Radiology Summit
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Few states choose to operate health insurance exchanges
Health Leaders Media
One of cornerstones of federal healthcare reform is the health insurance exchange, an online marketplace where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance plans and apply for federal subsidies to help pay for monthly premiums. But with the arrival of healthcare reform less than one year away, the federal government is scrambling to ensure that every state has an exchange ready to launch by October.
New meaningful use guidance clarifies the radiology hardship exception
Many of the requirements for qualifying for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services electronic health record meaningful use incentive payments are difficult to meet if you do not have regular face-to-face interactions with your patients. This is often the case for radiologists, pathologists and anesthesiology.
Facing an audit? Here's what you need to know
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
In the past few years, audits — especially by Medicare — seem to be increasing. The Recovery Audit Contractor program in particular has been a source of frustration for radiologists. What types of audits can you expect in your practice, and how best to handle them? Here's a primer.
Quest Awards application deadline extended
The RBMA Quest Awards is a program recognizing those who have excelled in their marketing programs. The Quest Awards Ceremony, hosted by Ali'i Marketing & Design, will be held at the RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs seminar on March 11 in San Antonio, Texas. This is your chance to show your best stuff to your peers and colleagues — fellow marketers who know what it takes to create an award-winning piece.
The deadline to submit your entry application has been extended! Submit your application by Feb. 22. The actual entries are due at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, no later than Friday, March 8. Hand delivered entries must arrive by noon Sunday, March 10.
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Register for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by this Friday and SAVE
To receive the discounted rate, you must register to attend Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs by Feb. 22. After Feb. 22, the price increases, and then will increase again if you wait to register onsite.
If you are a radiology marketer who is looking for the best return on your investment, you will want to take advantage of early registration.
It's a no-brainer. Don't delay. Register today.
Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
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Watch for details on downloading the FREE RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs mobile app
The RBMA Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs mobile app will offer on the go and up-to-the-minute meeting details, including:
Watch for details on how to download the meeting app to your mobile device.
- Interactive session schedule with note taking capabilities
- Access to downloadable PDF session handouts and continuing education forms
- Up-to-the minute meeting alerts
- Meeting space and Exhibit Hall floor plans
- Exhibitor/Sponsor listing
- Social media interaction
- Local area attractions
Apply for RBMA fellowship by Feb. 28
The RBMA board of directors approved a fellowship program to recognize significant contributions made by RBMA members to the association and the radiology business management profession. The next class of fellows will be inducted at the RBMA 2013 Radiology Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Call for Fellows packet contains fellowship background information, examples of the fellowship criteria, and the administrative procedures for how to submit your application. Applications must be submitted online. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 28.
If you have any questions about the nominating process, please contact Michael Mabry, RBMA's executive director, at email@example.com or 888.224.7262.
DataMAXX for radiology has arrived
DataMAXX is RBMA's innovative new practice analytic solution that takes benchmarking to new levels through the combination of your practice's information and state-of-the-art technology and data query protocols.
With DataMAXX, you get near real-time results and up-to the-minute statistics. DataMAXX is designed and built by RBMA, and keeping your information completely secure is our utmost priority.
For more information on how to subscribe to DataMAXX, click here.
Calendar of events
Click here for this week's RBMA calendar of events.
Zotec Partners renews platinum sponsorship with RBMA
Zotec Partners, an industry-leading provider of specialized medical billing and practice management services for the hospital-based specialty market, announces that it has renewed its commitment with the Radiology Business Management Association as a Platinum Level Sponsor for 2013. This is the seventh consecutive year the company has sponsored RBMA's highest level of corporate support.
NorthWise Services partners with Merge to offer comprehensive clinical trial services
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced that NorthWise Services has partnered with Merge and selected eClinical OS to collect, manage and report on clinical trials data across all studies.
RamSoft to exhibit latest PowerServer advancements at ECR 2013
RamSoft, a leading developer of RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, will be exhibiting at ECR 2013 for the fourth year and previewing the advancements made to the latest versions of PowerServer RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions.
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ACR increases lobbying against further Medicare cuts to imaging
The ACR has increased efforts to protect imaging from further Medicare cuts, following the fiscal cliff deal that would cut $800 million from imaging over the next 10 years. Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, sent a letter to high ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee, House Way and Means Committee, and House Energy and Commerce Committee criticizing repeated cuts to imaging to cover the one-year fix for the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Providers turn to consultants for ICD-10 prep
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Providers around the country are turning to third-party consulting firms to help them prepare for the transition to ICD-10, according to two new KLAS surveys. Consulting firms are helping organizations develop roadmaps, train staff and improve clinical documentation. The deadline for transitioning to ICD-10, the revision of the medical classification and coding system, is October 2014.
Electronic medical records probed for over-billing
The Center for Public Integrity
The Obama administration is forging ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to shift from paper to electronic medical records, despite continuing concerns the program may be prompting some doctors and hospitals to improperly bill higher fees to Medicare. An investigation into those billing questions — which convened a hearing Wednesday — has yet to produce much in the way of results, and critics are questioning the seriousness of the efforts.
Health technology's 'essential critic' warns of medical mistakes
Kaiser Health News
Computer mistakes like the one that produced incorrect prescriptions for thousands of Rhode Island patients are probably far more common and dangerous than the Obama administration wants you to believe, says Drexel University's Dr. Scot Silverstein. Flawed software at Lifespan hospital group printed orders for low-dose, short-acting pills when patients should have been taking stronger, time-release ones, the system disclosed in 2011.
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of RadCast, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of RBMA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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