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Radiology Hot Topics Poll
Question of the week

RBMA News
Member benefit: RBMA Gateway redesigned!
Visit RBMA's new blog!
Sign up for Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A Case Study to be live-streamed from the Radiology Summit
Register for the Radiology Summit by this Friday, April 18, and SAVE
Live close to Charlotte? Put the pedal to the metal and drive to the Radiology Summit!
RBMA partners with SU MediServe to offer members savings on equipment maintenance

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RADIOLOGY HOT TOPICS POLL

Question of the week
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What sources were used to help prepare your professional corporation's compliance manual?
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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Does one or more of your payor contracts allow your imaging center to initiate prior-authorization of imaging services — or is it silent on the issue — and, if so, what has been the impact on your net collections (increased referrals and decreased denials balanced against increased administrative costs)?

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Member benefit: RBMA Gateway redesigned!
RBMA
Sporting an updated look and feel, as well as a more user-friendly design, the RBMA Community Gateway is a private portal onto which RBMA members may upload documents to share with other members. Who has time to reinvent the wheel? This ever-growing collection is designed to generate ideas, provide solutions and save you time.

You may search by using a keyword or scroll down through the categories. When you find a document you want, simply click on the title and the document will open in a new tab. All posted resources are free to RBMA members!

Access the Gateway now at www.rbma.org/gateway (you will be prompted to log in). If you have questions about the Gateway or any other RBMA member benefit, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.

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Visit RBMA's new blog!
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RBMA's "Let's Talk" blog offers members a snapshot of current industry trends and a chance to comment or share through social media. Topics focus on leadership, billing, coding, marketing and vendor involvement. Please visit often and help us spread the word to your colleagues!

This week's topics:
     Billing: Dose Is Becoming a Reimbursement Issue
     Coding: ICD-10 Implementation to Be Delayed — Again
     Leadership: Making the Most of Referrer Relationships
     Marketing: Beyond the Marketing Department
     Vendor: Getting the Most Out of the RBMA Radiology Summit

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Sign up for Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A Case Study to be live-streamed from the Radiology Summit
RBMA
For the first time in RBMA history, a one-hour conference session will be broadcast via streaming media from the Radiology Summit. Sponsored by Merge Healthcare, Group Integration and Collaboration Models — A Case Study will include panelists Robert Barr, MD, FACR; Theodore Kerner Jr., MD; William Pickart, MBA; Joseph Racanelli, MD; Edward Rittweger, MD, MACR; and Douglas Smith, FRBMA. They will present a case study of three to four radiology group joint venture networks formed in different regions of the country for similar as well as individually unique purposes.

All RBMA members may participate in the live-stream session at no cost! Please be sure to register here to obtain the login information.

If you would like to see the live presentation register to attend the Radiology Summit today!

Radiology Summit
May 4-7
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.

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Register for the Radiology Summit by this Friday, April 18, and SAVE
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Register by April 18 to SAVE off the registration fee and to reserve your hotel room at the discounted rate.

Don't delay; register today. After April 18, the registration rate will increase and further increase if you wait to register on-site.

RBMA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy. In order to reserve your room, your registration must be processed with an approved payment. Once your application has been processed, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you within ONE business day containing a code with which to reserve your hotel room at the special RBMA rate. This special rate is offered until April 18, based on availability.

Register today.

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Live close to Charlotte? Put the pedal to the metal and drive to the Radiology Summit!
RBMA
For those of you who really have NASCAR in your system and want to drive to Charlotte for the Radiology Summit, you may want to slow down a bit and take time to enjoy some landmarks along the way.

If you are traveling on I-81, make sure you stop off and snap a picture (and post it on the RBMA Facebook wall) with the World's Largest 10 Commandments, located in Murphy, N.C.

If you are coming from the north stop by and visit the Cushman Motorscooter Museum in Concord, N.C. Cushman Motorscooters have not been built since 1965 and have become a historical legend.

From the west, stop at the Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, N.C. Visit a Wild West town on a mountaintop that has turned ghost town!

From the northwest, you won't want to miss statues of Andy and Opie in the TV town of Mayberry, really known as Mount Airy, N.C. Some of you will know what this means!

From the east, you won't want to miss the largest tire in the world in Bladenboro, N.C. This is real, not a fake. Take a picture of yourself in front of it and share it on our mobile meeting app! Start earning points before you get to the conference!

Once you arrive in Charlotte, you may want to stop at Brick Kids, Disco Chicken, the unloved MLK Statue or Old Man Traffic before arriving at your final destination at the Westin Charlotte.

See you in Charlotte — but don't forget to register for the Radiology Summit before you hit the road!

Have fun and drive safely!

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RBMA partners with SU MediServe to offer members savings on equipment maintenance
RBMA
The Mediserve Program offers concrete savings over existing maintenance agreements, greater budget control and effective cost management of covered equipment on selected equipment types. The program helps you to reduce your current costs by leveraging your overall spending while maintaining your equipment's performance. For more information, click here.

Or, if you are attending the Radiology Summit, have breakfast with MediServe. MediServe is sponsoring the RBMA Morning Café each morning and will be available on-site during that time to answer any questions you might have. Stop by and welcome RBMA's newest partner.

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The CMS data — should I laugh or cry?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By Richard Woodcock, MD: Two financial news items grabbed the attention of many of us recently. First, an annual salary survey showed that radiologist salaries are declining. The reasons for that are myriad and we'll talk about them another time. Second, CMS released physician payment data.

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ICD-10: Fact or fiction
By Charlotte Bohnett
As with any major change, the rumor mill churns at a mighty pace. With all the hearsay, telephone games and disbursement of misinformation, it's easy for the myths to swallow the truth.

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Radiology salaries are down — now what?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Surveys are an interesting interface between the objective and subjective. On the one hand, you have the often-illogical, fickle (when not downright random) attitudes and behaviors of humans being surveyed, and on the other, there is the reliable, number-crunchability of data obtained in the process.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management. On April 1, President Barack Obama signed into law a 12-month patch for the SGR: HR 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.
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ICD-10 delay makes healthcare leaders juggle
InformationWeek
Whether delighted or distressed by the delay in the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes, healthcare leaders have some juggling to do. Deadlines that were supposed to be carved in stone have turned to mud and washed away. After years of preparation, federal regulators were telling doctors, hospitals, and insurers to be ready for an Oct. 1 transition to a much more detailed standard for documenting their work. Now, that will not happen until at least Oct. 1, 2015.
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In surprise move, CMS announces Medicare Advantage pay increase
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
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If doctors don't like electronic medical records, should we care?
The Atlantic
Dr. David Blumenthal, who now is head of the Commonwealth Fund, has been a friend since we both were teenagers. It was a sign of his medical/tech/policy skills that the newly arrived Obama administration put him in charge of encouraging a shift toward use of electronic medical records. It is evidence of his admirably good-humored big-tent personality that David still takes my calls after the many rounds of back-and-forth we've posted here in response to his original Q&A in our April issue, about why the shift has been so difficult and taken so long.
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Dollars and sense
Health Imaging
19th Century English art critic John Ruskin was quoted as saying, "A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." When considering the great deal of money in the Medicare payment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a little thought will definitely go a long way in preventing a jump to inaccurate conclusions (and possibly prevent some unkindness that isn't warranted).
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