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Association News
Learn how to successfully negotiate managed care contracts from a former managed care negotiator
Bundle RBMA membership and registration to the Fall Educational Conference and SAVE!
Don't forget to submit your call for value case study by this Friday, Aug. 14
RBMA members SAVE on the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Online information management courses nearly complete
DataMAXX — Did you know? Compensation survey is due next Friday

News for Coders
Private payors may not follow CMS's lead on ICD-10 leniency
WEDI offers updated ICD-10 Roadmap Tool Kit

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

Learn how to successfully negotiate managed care contracts from a former managed care negotiator
RBMA
Join Ron Howrigon when he shares trade secrets on contract negotiations and discusses how to effectively deal with managed care relationships when he presents Dancing With the Devil at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference.

Register to attend today!

RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

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Bundle RBMA membership and registration to the Fall Educational Conference and SAVE!
RBMA
We are increasing the value of our new member coupon promotion for new members who want to attend the 2015 Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas. All new members who join now and register to attend the conference will receive $125 off of their registration.

This promotion is good through Aug. 31.

To take advantage, visit www.rbma.org/membership, and follow the instructions to join online and pay your dues. Your welcome letter will include a link to obtain your coupon code. Once you have your coupon code visit www.rbma.org/fec to register online for the Fall Educational Conference.

New members who join between July 15 and Aug. 31 and do not wish to attend the Fall Educational Conference will receive a $100 coupon to use toward RBMA products.

If you have any questions about joining RBMA, the dues or your membership type, please contact us at membership@rbma.org.

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Don't forget to submit your call for value case study by this Friday, Aug. 14
RBMA
Consistent with RBMA's motto of "Progress Through Sharing," the Radiology Integration Models Task Force is seeking case studies, either completed or in process, on how radiology practices are adding value to the health care enterprise.

All case studies will be displayed during a roundtable session entitled Value Innovation Lab on Monday, Sept. 28, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., during the 2015 RBMA Fall Educational Conference in Austin, Texas.

Members whose case studies are selected by the judging committee for their relevance and noteworthiness will be invited to present during the Value Innovation Lab. Each presenter will receive a $100 gift card. There will be time allocated at the end of the roundtable for networking and interacting with applicants.

For more information and details on how to participate visit the Call for Value page on our website.

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RBMA members SAVE on the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
RBMA
Join with colleagues and leading management experts for this all-new meeting that will arm you with the hard-hitting strategies you need to better navigate the new business of health care. Harness new and effective strategies for driving practice growth, and learn to capitalize on the health care changes happening right now. Jan. 15-17, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.

Register early and SAVE.

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Online information management courses nearly complete
RBMA
Radiology Business 101, RBMA U's featured online course of study, has just launched the fifth course under the Information Management module. INF-006 Project Management for IT, taught by project management professional Bruce Gay III, PMP, is now available in Shop RBMA.

This course describes the project management framework that is required to address delivery and utilization of information. It discusses the change management process and release management process to safeguard the integrity of data while ensuring security. It is an elective course for students enrolled in the complete program; however, it can also be purchased separately.

Bruce Gay III, PMP, is a program manager with UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He currently manages a multi-year, multi-million dollar software development program to develop the next generation of radiology informatics systems. His background includes 20 years of project management experience across health care IT, telecommunications and military/defense industries.

Mr. Gay will also be producing INF-003 Managing the IT Workflow, which is scheduled for release at the end of September and will complete the Information Management module for Radiology Business 101.

Read more about RBMA U here.

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DataMAXX — Did you know? Compensation survey is due next Friday
RBMA
Less than two weeks remain to submit your practice's compensation data to be included in the official report. Simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA — no need to subscribe to DataMAXX, upload data or run report queries. Data you provide are held in complete confidence. Only users on your practice's subscription will be able to view your practice's data and the indicators calculated from those data; additional users on the subscription can only view data and run reports if the practice's primary subscriber has given them permission to do so. Results from other practices are aggregated and reported as statistical quartiles once six or more participants have provided data for a given position.

We rely on our members to provide the data used to calculate industry statistics. Please help us continue to provide trusted, dependable benchmarks by contributing your practice’s compensation data.

Contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.

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NEWS FOR CODERS


Private payors may not follow CMS's lead on ICD-10 leniency
RBMA
This leniency in claims acceptance will run for a full year and should help with the number of denied claims and payment delays expected as the result of the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation.
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WEDI offers updated ICD-10 Roadmap Tool Kit
RBMA
The WEDI ICD-10 Roadmap Tool Kit is designed to help locate resources available from WEDI and CMS. It provides either a "quick start guide" for those just starting their ICD-10 efforts or a "quick reference guide" for those currently moving through their plans. This document is divided into five sections corresponding to the high-level activities that will need to be conducted.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
While the adoption of ICD-10 on Oct. 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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2016 IPPS final rule detailed
HealthLeaders Media
CMS finalized changes to multiple quality measures in the fiscal year 2016 IPPS final rule, released July 31. "The final rule includes policies that advance the vision and commitment to increasingly shift Medicare payments from volume to value," says Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM trainer, director of CDI Quality Initiative for Huff DRG Review in Eads, Tenn.
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Wanted, resolution: Closing the CDS communications gap
Imaging Biz
Jan. 1, 2017, is likely to be a red-letter day for radiology. As of this date, physicians ordering advanced diagnostic imaging exams (CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET) for Medicare beneficiaries must, in compliance with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, consult government-approved, evidence-based appropriate use criteria through a clinical decision support system.
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5 emerging technologies every hospital will have by 2025
Forbes
Wearable fitness devices and smartphone health apps that generate continuous streams of data will be the biggest catalysts for change at your doctor's office in the coming decades. Investors seem excited about the potential. Digital health startups attracted investments of $6.5 billion in 2014, a 125 percent increase from the previous year.
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No, giving more people health insurance doesn't save money
The New York Times
In 2014, an estimated nine million people became newly insured thanks to Obamacare. There's an oft-expressed view that getting all those people covered could actually save the health system money. The argument goes something like this: Once people have insurance, they'll go to the doctor instead of an expensive emergency room. Or: Prevention costs far less than a serious illness down the road.
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Making positive changes in your medical practice
Physicians Practice (registration required)
Medical practices will soon face a major change in the way they do business. The deadline for implementation of ICD-10 is less than two months away. This is just one of the many regulatory changes practices must comply with, to stay current in the policy landscape. Instead of dreading "change," how about thinking about it in a different way? You are not changing, your practice is "transitioning" to a new way of doing things.
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