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Association News
Member benefit: Radiology Hot Topics poll
RBMA launches RBMA Washington Insider
What are the RBMA and ACR doing for YOU?
Win big before you even get to Vegas! Update your RBMA profile for a FREE Summit registration!
2015 Bob Luther Scholarship applications due this Friday, April 3!
DataMAXX — Did you know? Time is running out to submit A/R data
Send a staff member to RBMA U

News for Leaders
A prescription from ZDogg MD
Article series on governance

Corporate News
McKesson helps stabilize billing for Michigan Radiology Group — Company steps in to help practice meet unexpected challenges

Industry News


SHOWCASE
  ICD-10 Physician Documentation Changes Will Impact Your Practice
What's Your Baseline for Readiness? - Understand more about the percentage of ICD-10-CM codes that may be missing. Learn More...

What Subspecialties Are Most Valuable? - Why you need to identify missing ICD-10 elements and unspecified diagnoses by subspecialty. Learn More...

What Are the Greatest Revenue Impact Issues? - Why it's important to identify procedures with highest revenue impact. Learn More...
 

ASSOCIATION NEWS

Member benefit: Radiology Hot Topics poll
RBMA
Radiology Hot Topics is a biweekly poll that is disseminated to the membership through a standalone invitation and the RBMA website. Each online poll consists of one question on a topic of general interest; respondents are directed to current results when they submit their response. Final results are posted on the RBMA website in PDF format.

Click here for an archived list of hot topics polls!

If you have a question you would like to ask the RBMA membership, email your submission to RBMA's research associate, Cynthia Vervena, at cynthia.vervena@rbma.org. Each submission should be one question with closed-ended, single- or multiple-choice response options.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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RBMA launches RBMA Washington Insider
RBMA
The RBMA Washington Insider is a weekly eNewsletter covering the latest legislative and regulatory updates and activity. It is sent out every Monday to the entire RBMA membership.

#ICYMI click here to review the first issue sent yesterday.

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What are the RBMA and ACR doing for YOU?
RBMA
Radiology management is changing rapidly, regardless of your environment. Radiology managers face new regulations, increased competition and decreased payments along with the ever-present, "do more with less." Join RBMA and ACR for a joint session at the upcoming Radiology Summit, RBMA and ACR Leaders: A View From the Top, and learn what the current challenges are and how these two leading organizations are working together to meet these challenges on behalf of their members.

Register to attend today!

Radiology Summit
June 7-10
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas

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Variation in a plug and play world
ASPYRA, LLC
Do standards mean your systems and equipment should be "plug and play?" Not necessarily. Standards are recommended practices and formats – they make communication between organizations and systems easier and faster, but there is no legal penalty for a company that chooses not to follow them. DICOM and HL7 are examples of healthcare communications standards for systems and equipment. HL7 (Health Level 7) is an industry standard dealing with the interchange of healthcare data between systems in a healthcare enterprise.
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Win big before you even get to Vegas! Update your RBMA profile for a FREE Summit registration!
RBMA
Use RBMA's Edit Profile feature, which allows you to update more information in your member account and helps RBMA to track more accurate demographics about our membership! If you update your account between now and Friday, April 10, you will be entered to win a FREE registration (valued at $760) to the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas on June 7-10, or a $500 American Express gift card.

Rules: >Promotion is for RBMA members only. Members must completely fill out any incomplete fields (except changing username/password) to qualify. Any new members joining on or before April 10, who update their profile online, will also be entered to win. RBMA corporate primary members only need to update their personal profile (not company profile or Buyers Guide) in order to qualify. The lucky winner will be selected on April 13 and notified via email.

Edit Your Profile Now to Enter!

Please direct any questions or concerns to membership@rbma.org.

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2015 Bob Luther Scholarship applications due this Friday, April 3!
RBMA
This is your final opportunity to attend the Radiology Summit in Las Vegas or the Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas, for FREE (or at a significantly reduced cost).

The Bob Luther Emerging Leader Travel Scholarship was created to give RBMA members who are interested in becoming a practice manager or new practice managers a chance to experience the value of attending an RBMA meeting. The yearly scholarship recipient is awarded the opportunity to attend either the RBMA Radiology Summit or RBMA Fall Educational Conference.

The application deadline for the 2015 scholarship is this Friday, April 3.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Penn State Online MHA Program
Are you ready for new leadership challenges? Prepare yourself from anywhere with an online Master of Health Administration degree from Penn State. The online MHA program helps you keep pace in a dynamic market, providing the convenience of expanding your knowledge without having to relocate or delay your career advancement.
 


DataMAXX — Did you know? Time is running out to submit A/R data
RBMA
2014 Accounts Receivable data collection opened March 9 with an initial due date of this Friday, April 3. The deadline for practices and billing companies/MSOs to submit A/R data has been extended to Friday, April 17. Simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA — no need to subscribe to DataMAXX, upload data or run report queries. When the data have been cleaned RBMA will provide an official report (a $500 value) to participants that includes results as of the survey due date.

We rely on our members to provide the data used to calculate the A/R indicator statistics. Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your accounts receivable data. All data are held in complete confidence, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Click here or contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.

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Send a staff member to RBMA U
RBMA
RBMA U is RBMA's newest online learning community. The first program to be released under RBMA U is Radiology Business 101. Students may sign up for individual courses or commit to the entire program for a discounted rate.

Contribute to your staff's professional education and growth by purchasing a course or two for them! For a nominal fee they will receive a wealth of knowledge that will benefit your practice. Be sure to include your staffer's email address in the "Send an additional copy via email to" field when you purchase the course.

Click here for information on courses currently available and make your purchase here.

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NEWS FOR LEADERS


A prescription from ZDogg MD
RBMA
Zubin Damania, MD, is best known for his funny online alter ego, the rapping Internist ZDogg, MD, but don't let the wackiness fool you. With venture capital funding from Tony Hsieh, CEO of online retailer Zappos.com, Dr. Damania has launched a pioneering primary care practice called Turntable Health that provides care to patients for a set monthly membership fee.
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Article series on governance
RBMA
RBMA is pleased to offer a library of articles created by RBMA members that support domains under the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge. The Governance Series presented by Will Latham, MBA, includes topics on: Meeting Flow, Secret Ballots, Parliamentary Procedures and more!
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CORPORATE NEWS


McKesson helps stabilize billing for Michigan Radiology Group - Company steps in to help practice meet unexpected challenges
McKesson
McKesson Business Performance Services is helping a Michigan radiology group restore financial stability and billing continuity after the group faced unexpected revenue cycle difficulties. McKesson will provide Southfield Radiology Associates, a 21-physician practice based in Southfield, Mich., with comprehensive revenue cycle management services, including provider enrollment and credentialing, clinical documentation assistance, coding, claims management, denial management, compliance and business intelligence reporting.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


2015 compensation survey: Radiology administrators
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
It's that time of year again when Diagnostic Imaging gets down to the numbers. This year, we broke our 2015 Compensation Survey into three parts: Radiologists, Radiologic Technologists, and Radiology Administrators. Are you making as much as your colleagues? What's the general consensus of career satisfaction in radiology? Find it all out here.
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Imaging vendors have options for image processing hardware
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
When developing new imaging systems, OEMs can choose from many types of computer hardware platforms. Platform selection in turn affects the type of image processing to be used, which then influences the radiologist's work when viewing medical images. So what should vendors consider when evaluating different hardware platforms for their imaging modalities?
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Got an EMR? Get an enterprise-wide 'clinical imaging health record'
Imaging Biz
At a time when 85 percent of physicians are viewing diagnostic images via electronic medical records, the opportunity is ripe to realize true enterprise imaging. More of those docs should be saying goodbye to walled-off image silos and hello to a centralized, always-open image depot. So says Louis Lannum, director of enterprise imaging with the Cleveland Clinic.
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Two ICD-10 prep tips for practices
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Think coding is hard now? ICD-10 will require far greater specificity and documentation. It's critical for practices to start preparing now. To help you get started, here are two ICD-10 prep tips from Jeffrey Restuccio, a certified professional coder with Ritecode.com in Memphis, Tenn.
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Senate to take up SGR vote after recess
Health Imaging
The U.S. Senate will not vote on a bill that would repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate until after it returns from a two-week break on April 13. The delay comes after a week of momentum that saw a bipartisan SGR repeal bill pass easily in the House. While some hoping for a finalized deal were disappointed in the delay, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reassured those concerned that the Senate will move quickly on the bill after the break.
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