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New RadCast debuts today!
Accounts Receivable Performance Survey deadline this Friday
Marketing Mondays
RBMA Radiology Summit community service project: ReNEW Schools
Summit virtual community
2011 Radiology Coding Mechanics and Exam Review DVDs available
Deadline for RCCB Exam
Calendar of events


Corporate News
Nevada's largest private radiology practice continues to rely on Zotec Partners
Outpatient Imaging Affiliates acquires seven imaging centers
Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. signs long term medical billing agreement


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New RadCast debuts today!
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Welcome to RBMA's new and improved RadCast! Now get all association, vendor and industry news in one comprehensive electronic newsletter! The new RadCast will appear in your email every Tuesday keeping you tuned in to radiology news and events nationwide.




Accounts Receivable Performance Survey deadline this Friday
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We want to make sure you have an opportunity to participate in one of the best business tools you can create for your practice this year so we have extended the deadline to participate to April 15.

To complete the survey:

1. Visit
www.sagesurveys.com/rbma/welcome.cfm
2. Complete the survey online — through direct entry or via an uploadable electronic file — or on paper
3. Review your data and the statistics calculated from your data to ensure their accuracy

RBMA members receive a copy of the results free. Nonmembers will be eligible to purchase a copy of the survey results at the member price of $300 ($600 value). Or you may want to consider joining RBMA for $355 and receive the results complimentary along with all the other membership benefits RBMA has to offer.


Marketing Mondays
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Visit RBMA's Facebook page on Mondays when your marketing challenge is posted on the wall and answered by a radiology marketing specialist!

At RBMA's Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs in Portland, Ore., last month three marketing professionals, Susan Lucas Collins, Kim Longeteig and Katie Robbins, were part of a panel during the Stump the Marketer session. Pre-submitted questions were randomly drawn and answered on the fly by the panelists.

We'd like to continue the conversation by posting a marketing challenge question on our Facebook wall every Monday. Our experts will respond with an answer but the wall is open to your responses as well!

The challenge began yesterday with the first question. Keep the conversation and learning going! Visit us on
Facebook and post your response today!


RBMA Radiology Summit community service project: ReNEW Schools
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2011 Radiology Summit
June 5-8, 2011

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans
Register Now!

To support RBMA's commitment to "give back" to our conference host city RBMA Platinum Sponsor, Imagine Software, has generously sponsored this year's community service project.

Volunteers are needed to help renovate low-performing public schools by painting classrooms, decorating hallways, cleaning closets, hanging banners, decorating classrooms, reorganizing libraries and helping the teachers get settled into the buildings on Sunday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to noon.

ReNew Schools is also asking volunteers to donate chapter books from the third to eighth grade level to build their library. A receptacle will be located in the RBMA Lounge to collect your donations. Learn more about ReNEW Schools at www.renewschools.org.

Click here for more details.




Summit virtual community
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All 2011 Radiology Summit registrants are automatically included and urged to participate in a virtual community created especially for Radiology Summit attendees. Start the conversation before arriving in New Orleans. Find out who is attending, what sessions to plan on attending, or where to find the best music in New Orleans all in a private forum setting.

Click
here for information on RBMA social networks at the Radiology Summit.

(You may choose to opt out by emailing membership@rbma.org.)


2011 Radiology Coding Mechanics and Exam Review DVDs available
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Coding information delivered to your office! The Radiology Coding Mechanics Course DVD is a comprehensive course that presents authoritative, up-to-date and accurate information on proper coding, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.

The 2011 Radiology Coding Exam Review Course is designed to assist individuals preparing for the Radiology Certified Coder exam.

Order your copies today
here.


Deadline for RCCB Exam
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The first Radiology Certified Coder Exam of the year will be administered May 23-27 at various test locations nationwide. In order to take the exam at that time applications must be received in the RCCB office by April 18.

Plan now to take your career into your own hands and apply for the Radiology Certified Coder exam today!

Visit
www.rccb.org for details.


Calendar of events
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Click here for RBMA's calendar of events.


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Nevada's largest private radiology practice continues to rely on Zotec Partners
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Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announces that Desert Radiologists, out of Las Vegas is extending its contract with the company for five years. The largest private radiology group in the state, Desert Radiologists has outsourced its billing to Zotec Partners since 2008. More


Outpatient Imaging Affiliates acquires seven imaging centers
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Outpatient Imaging Affiliates, LLC, a national owner and operator of outpatient imaging centers, announced its acquisition of seven outpatient imaging centers from Diagnostic Health Corporation. The centers are located in Tennessee, Alabama and Colorado; the terms of the transaction were not disclosed. More


Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. signs long term medical billing agreement with North Bridge Imaging Group
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Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. announced that North Bridge Imaging Group based in Concord, Mass., has signed a long term agreement for billing and related practice management services with APS. North Bridge Imaging provides services to Emerson Hospital with locations in Concord, Westford, Groton and Sudbury, Mass. Additionally, they provide interpretations for primary care practices in Acton, Chelmsford, Worcester, Mass., as well as Rhode Island. More




MRI predicts Alzheimer's progression
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Researchers have been well aware of the high likelihood that individuals suffering from memory loss will convert to Alzheimer's, but now physicians have a way of predicting an individual patient’s risk of developing the disease, according to a study published in Radiology. More




Medicare's drug coverage gap to shrink away under health care reform
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Starting this year, Medicare Part D's widely despised "donut hole" — the gap in drug cost coverage enrollees encounter when they reach a certain spending threshold — will start to disappear, one result of the health care reform package enacted last year, experts say. More

Regional reimbursement for virtual colonoscopy varies
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If you're a radiologist in Chicago, you may actually be reimbursed for diagnostic virtual colonoscopies. In Seattle? Maybe not. As nationwide utilization of computed tomographic colonography has increased, regional payment denial rates vary widely, according to a new study in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. More

More screening lowers false-positive mammography rate
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U.S. radiologists with higher annual screening volumes and focus have statistically significant lower false-positive rates and cancer detection rates during mammography, according to a study published in the April issue of Radiology. More

Health care reform can't work without more doctors
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The biggest threat to President Obama's health care plan is both widely overlooked and absolutely fundamental. The measure aims to vastly increase health care coverage while effectively freezing the ranks of the already-busy providers needed to furnish all those extra check-ups, cancer screenings and angioplasties: America's physicians. More

CT scan surge for kids' emergencies raises concern
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Soaring numbers of kids are getting CT scans in emergency rooms, a study found, raising concerns some may be exposed to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the road. The number of ER visits nationwide in which children were given CT scans surged from about 330,000 in 1995 to 1.65 million in 2008 — a five-fold increase. More



What providers need to know about ICD-10
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The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, commonly referred to as ICD, is the international diagnosis classification set that translates the provider's qualitative assessment into a quantitative value for reporting purposes. It is important that the ICD diagnostic code or value assigned to a provider's clinical assessment matches as closely as possible. More

In meaningful use, knowledge is power
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In years gone by, catching up with industry goings-on would have been something you'd do in those few spare moments when there was nothing else to do. Today, the consequences of a healthcare IT exec not having his or her own information web, delivering news and analysis from trusted media outlets specifically on topics related to the meaningful use of e-health records, could lead to a strategic mistake. More

Public confused on mammogram guidelines
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A year and a half ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made headlines when it called for raising the age for routine mammography screenings. But the suggested reforms and the resulting media coverage have led to widespread public confusion, according to a new survey. More

Beware of HIPAA enforcement crackdown, legal experts warn
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Legal experts are warning hospital CEOs and compliance officers to heed the pricey lessons learned from recent multi-million dollar penalties incurred by Cignet Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, which were recently slapped with $4.3 million and $1 million fines, respectively, due to federal HIPAA privacy and security violations. More
 
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