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Member benefit: Practice Leadership Team Bundle
Treat your physician to a free trial of RBMA membership!
Any administrator or practice manager member in good standing with RBMA, that is also a Primary (ACT) member, can add up to two physicians to their "Practice Leadership Team" membership for free in 2015. The physician memberships will renew in 2016 for a discounted rate of $150 (each).
Physician members will receive all of their benefits electronically. Use this form to add your two complimentary physician members for 2015!
Only one Practice Leadership Team Bundle per practice. This promotion is only good for physicians who are not currently members of RBMA. We will not issue refunds for any current physician members. If you would like to take advantage of this discounted membership bundle in 2016, please contact Membership Manager Jessica Struve.
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Clinical decision support: Standardized processes for 2017 deadlines
Join Julie Pekarek and Liz Quam at the Fall Educational Conference as they discuss the dramatic effect that Clinical Decision Support will have on the current imaging ordering process. This session will explain both the legislation and the progress made to date on ensuring that providers are ready to implement it.
Register to attend today!
RBMA 2015 Fall Educational Conference
Sept. 27-29, 2015
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RBMA members SAVE on the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
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!
DataMAXX — Did you know? Time is running out to submit compensation data
Compensation data collection opened July 22 with an initial due date of this Friday, Aug. 21. The deadline for practices and practice management companies to submit data has been extended to Friday, Sept. 4. Simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA — no need to subscribe to DataMAXX, upload data or run report queries. Alternatively, if you are a DataMAXX subscriber you can upload your data using a formatted .csv file or enter your data into a Web form in DataMAXX. When survey data have been cleaned RBMA will provide an official report to participants that includes results as of the survey due date.
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. All data are held in complete confidence, and results are released only in aggregated form as statistical quartiles including data for six or more practices.
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Have you ordered your ICD-10-CM Toolkit yet?
Implementation is just weeks away. Don't be unprepared! The ICD-10-CM Toolkit is designed to give you all the tools needed to prepare your practice for the implementation of ICD-10. It contains a customizable model implementation plan and educational materials to help document the information needed for ICD-10 coding and a full range of staff training. Collaborated and produced by RBMA™ and Coding Strategiessm.
And it's on sale! The ICD-10-CM Toolkit, which is regularly priced at $795 members/$995 non-members is now only $495 — a savings of up to $500!
Order your toolkit here.
Register now for the RBMA Oklahoma Chapter meeting
The RBMA Oklahoma Chapter is excited to announce an upcoming meeting:
Sept. 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Integris Baptist Medical Center
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Speakers will be Cindy Pittmon, president of Acclaim Radiology Management, and Wendy Lomers, chief financial officer of Acclaim. The topics of discussion will be ICD-10 challenges, coding, compliance and HIPAA, along with regulatory and legislative updates. In addition to a great agenda and speakers, it is a great time for everyone to meet, network and work toward having a much more effective impact in the radiology world.
For more information and to register, please visit www.rbma.org/oklahoma.
Align your strategic planning and marketing for success
Practices that seek to improve profitability are actively involving their marketing departments in strategic planning.
Collaboration and communication in interventional radiology marketing
Marketing of interventional radiology services can be a somewhat delicate affair where the marketer needs to advocate for the benefits of the IR procedure while at the same time not denigrate other procedures.
Marketing your CT lung cancer screening program
Results from the National Lung Screening Trial study have given imaging facilities confidence that low-dose CT for lung cancer screening does, in fact, save the lives of high-risk individuals. While radiology marketers rejoice in having a new service to offer directly to patients and referring physicians, imaging facilities that perform LDCT lung cancer screening face considerable paperwork requirements and regulatory barriers in order to be reimbursed for the studies.
Integrated Medical Partners, LLC announces new website to better reflect expanded service lines
Integrated Medical Partners, LLC
Integrated Medical Partners, LLC, holding company of Integrated Radiology Partners, announces the creation of a new company website to better reflect their expanded service offerings to hospital-based physician practices nationwide.
MBMS expands in Pennsylvania
MBMS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the exclusive billing and practice management agreement with Radiological Consultants, Inc., headquartered in Scranton, Pa.
Is PACS dead?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
At this year's Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting, the keynote speaker discussed the coming shift away from traditional PACS, including why it will happen and how to prepare for the change. While the speaker said it was premature to predict the demise of PACS, he did indicate the technology's future will be different than what you see today.
XR 29 is coming soon
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Be compliant by Jan. 1, 2016, or pay.
The deadline is fast approaching for practices to meet standards set by XR 29 or MITA Smart Dose. The legislation was signed into law as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. Beginning in 2016, CMS will pay less for certain diagnostic CT scans performed on noncompliant equipment.
New Health Gorilla portal, network will connect physicians to over 35,000 radiology centers
Health Gorilla, an online health care marketplace, has announced the launch of its expanded physician portal.
The company says this portal is part of its new clinical network, which it will unveil in September. The new network will connect doctors and clinicians to over 35,000 radiology centers, as well as over 9,000 diagnostic labs and numerous other types of medical facilities.
Why IBM just bought billions of medical images for Watson to look at
MIT Technology Review
IBM says that Watson, its artificial-intelligence technology, can use advanced computer vision to process huge volumes of medical images. Now Watson has its sights set on using this ability to help doctors diagnose diseases faster and more accurately.
IBM recently announced it would buy Merge Healthcare for a billion dollars. If the deal is finalized, this would be the third health-care data company IBM has bought this year.
Hospitals rev mobile patient engagement
Patient engagement remains an elusive goal for providers, but new mobile technology initiatives by Apple and others are breathing fresh life into the effort, providers say.
Patient portals still struggle to meet the 5 percent requirement of meaningful use stage 2.
Much of this approach currently revolves around providers engaging with mobile phone manufacturers, such as Apple, and their technology partners.
Hospitals grappling with PPACA costs
With many U.S. hospitals looking down the barrel of Cadillac tax payments by 2022, if not sooner, the flexible spending account may soon vanish as a benefits option.
That's what a hospital benefits survey by Cammack Health found when it polled hospitals about the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on their benefits designs.
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