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NEW! RBMA Learning Resource Library offers members education on demand
RBMA introduces new compliance training series
2012 members: Only 2 weeks left to use your $360 RBMA Bucks before they expire
Registration for the ACR-RBMA Forum is now open

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MMP announces annual radiology survey results

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Question of the Week
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What proportion of your practice or imaging center's procedure reading volume — if any — consists of outside reads (e.g., nighthawk, vacation coverage, subspecialty reads, etc.) for other practices, imaging centers or clinics?

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What is a typical patient no-show rate in your imaging center?

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NEW! RBMA Learning Resource Library offers members education on demand
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RBMA provides members with high value knowledge and applied business information applicable in any radiology setting. Through a generous sponsorship from MERGE Healthcare, RBMA is now able to offer members a central location to access recordings of past webinars and conferences, as well as purchase and view continuing education courses and modules!

The new RBMA Learning Resource Library is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.* Many resources are available free to RBMA members.

Visit often, as new products will be posted periodically to keep members up to speed and informed!

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RBMA introduces new compliance training series
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A low-cost approach to satisfy federal requirements for annual employee training, sponsored by Imagine Software.

Radiology practices and all covered entities whose employees work with patients' Protected Health Information are required by law to provide each staff member with one hour of annual training. Now, the RBMA has an easy solution for training and documenting the training of your employees. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow your staff to obtain the necessary training at a convenient time, without interruption of normal workflow or the expense of holding an all employee training session.

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2012 members: Only 2 weeks left to use your $360 RBMA Bucks before they expire
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Every new Active or Second member who joined RBMA for 2012 qualifies to receive $360 RBMA Bucks to use toward an RBMA annual conference. It's like getting membership free! Please note, however, that your $360 RBMA Bucks will expire June 30.

To redeem that benefit and use the full $360 toward the Fall Educational Conference, order your RBMA Bucks voucher here. Then, complete a reservation form for the Fall Educational Conference here. This will ensure that you can apply your $360 RBMA Bucks to the Fall Educational Conference.* Contact membership@rbma.org if you have any questions.

*You will not be obligated for the balance of the registration fee until you complete and submit the official Fall Educational Conference registration form.


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Registration for the ACR-RBMA Forum is now open
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The American College of Radiology and the Radiology Business Management Association are pleased to announce the fourth annual combined conference for radiologists and administrators.

ACR RBMA Forum: New Strategies for Business
and Clinical Leaders in Radiology

Oct. 5–7
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Ariz.


This leadership program will consist of current topics confronting radiologists and administrators delivered by a dynamic faculty in an innovative and free-flowing atmosphere. The focus will be on the challenges and opportunities presented in these uncertain economic times and the development of strategies and solutions for radiology practices.

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

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MMP announces annual radiology survey results
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Medical Management Professionals Inc. recently conducted its 11th annual physician survey to obtain beneficial radiology industry data for practice payor mix percentages, procedure statistics, work RVUs and retirement/benefits plans from hospital-based radiology practices. More





Medicare pays outpatient providers twice, leading to $6 million in overpayments
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Medicare continues to pay twice for nonphysician outpatient services before and during inpatient stays, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General. Medicare overpaid hospital outpatient providers by about $6.4 million in 2008 and 2009 for services provided within three days prior to the date of admission, on the date of admission or during inpatient prospective payment system stays. More

For ACO adoption success, leave cost out of it
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One of the main appeals of the accountable care organization model is the potential cost savings. So why did Palmetto Health System wait a year after launching its ACO to develop a shared savings program? For Palmetto, the ACO driver was physician alignment first and cost savings second. More than half of Palmetto's physicians joined its ACO in the first year — an enviable adoption rate that most healthcare leaders aspire to attain. More


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GOP promises smaller-scale healthcare agenda if court strikes down law
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If the Supreme Court strikes down all or part of the health law, Republicans are poised to rub it in — through the November election — then roll out their own, smaller proposals. Public opinion continues to be split over the law, and Republicans have found that their "repeal Obamacare" message goes a long way with disgruntled conservatives and some swing voters. More

For hospital CIOs, mergers complicate move to electronic records
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Hospitals around the country are finding themselves forced to juggle the demands of moving to electronic health records, just as a wave of mergers disrupts the healthcare industry. CIOs must handle IT integration of the merged hospitals, just as they are leading a transition to electronic medical records. More

JAMA: Imaging use up in HMOs; industry leaders disagree
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Changes to Medicare reimbursement and other financial incentives designed to control the use of diagnostic imaging services aren't working as expected, even in clinical settings without a fee-for-service payment model, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, not all industry leaders agree that imaging utilization is on the rise. More

CMS awards $6 million grant to Imaging Advantage
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center has awarded a $6 million grant to radiology management and interpretation services firm Imaging Advantage and partners for a project titled, "The right exam, at the right time, read by the right radiologist." Imaging Advantage is working in partnership with Vanguard Health Systems and other Chicago-area hospital systems on the project. More
 
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