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Today is the last day to reserve your hotel room for the Fall Educational Conference at the discounted rate
Register to attend the Fall Educational Conference by Friday and SAVE!
LAST CHANCE to SAVE BIG when you JOIN and ATTEND THE FALL CONFERENCE!
DataMAXX — Did you know? It's never too late to submit data

News for Billing Managers
What you need to know about unclaimed property law
Billing system automation: Tales from the radiology jungle

Industry News


SHOWCASE
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What Subspecialties Are Most Valuable? - Why you need to identify missing ICD-10 elements and unspecified diagnoses by subspecialty. Learn More...

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

Today is the last day to reserve your hotel room for the Fall Educational Conference at the discounted rate
RBMA
The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Austin and receive the RBMA special discounted rate is today, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

To take advantage of the discount, you must first register for the conference and use a code that is included in your registration confirmation letter. You will receive your confirmation immediately after registering today.

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

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Register to attend the Fall Educational Conference by Friday and SAVE!
RBMA
The last day to register for the Fall Educational Conference and receive the discounted rate is this Friday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. ET. After this Friday, the fee will increase by $80. After Sept. 21, only on-site registration will be available for an additional $100. Don't delay. Register today and save!

Register here

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LAST CHANCE to SAVE BIG when you JOIN and ATTEND THE FALL CONFERENCE!
RBMA
All new members who join now and attend the 2015 Fall Educational Conference will receive $125 off their conference registration. This bundle and save promotion is ending THIS Friday, Sept. 11!

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 get 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 Sept. 11 and do not wish to attend the Fall Educational Conference are still eligible for a $100 coupon off 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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DataMAXX — Did you know? It's never too late to submit data
RBMA
Although the extended deadline to submit compensation data for inclusion in the official report was last Friday, it's not too late to submit your practice's or practice management clients' data. With DataMAXX, you can submit data at any time and receive results for free. Once your data have been accepted, you will be able to run structured queries through DataMAXX to view up-to-date results that include your data. To participate, simply complete the Excel® questionnaire and email it to RBMA, or log in to your DataMAXX account to upload a .csv file or enter data into an online form. Data are confidential, and results are released only in aggregated form.

Click here or contact cynthia.vervena@rbma.org for more information.

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NEWS FOR BILLING MANAGERS


What you need to know about unclaimed property law
RBMA
Recently, a question came up on the RBMA Practice Management Forum about whether a practice can keep small balances left behind by patients. As more practices move to collecting estimated co-pays and other patient payment responsibilities up front, this increasingly becomes a problem.
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Billing system automation: Tales from the radiology jungle
RBMA
The ability to automate the radiology billing process has been a major factor in driving down cost for businesses. However, it has also reached the point where billing has become commoditized as a result. Just because we can automate a process, does that mean we should?
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INDUSTRY NEWS


ACR seeks help, offers resources ahead of ICD-10 transition
Health Imaging
The American College of Radiology is asking radiology and radiation oncology practices to be on the lookout for potential errors in the ICD-9 to ICD-10 translation. The organization is urging providers to alert them and their local Medicare contractor if a previously payable ICD-9 diagnosis code has been omitted from the list of approved and medically necessary ICD-10 diagnosis codes.
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Deal or no deal: Getting medical payors to pay
Physicians Practice (registration required)
There is a popular TV show on a cooking channel where contestants compete for $10,000 by cooking amazing food with wacky ingredients picked by a humorous and somewhat sadistic network producer. I was watching one of my favorite episodes a few days ago and found some shocking similarities between the show and the health insurance environment.
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Is CMS really ready for ICD-10? Be very afraid
Health Data Management
Imagine that a federal agency called the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, responsible for insuring about one-third of the nation, tried to build a national health insurance exchange and the rollout was disastrous. Well, we don't have to imagine; it happened. Through wildly poor management that included severely underestimating the complexity of the task, CMS embarrassed itself, and it confused and inconvenienced millions of people.
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The fate of PACS
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
Since May, there's been ongoing debate about one of your most significant, frequently used tools — your PACS. Has it, in fact, outlived its original purpose only to be replaced by a sleeker, more versatile system? At this year's SIIM conference, Donald Dennison, director-at-large of the SIIM Board of Directors and chair of the ACR Connect Committee, rocked the industry by suggesting just that.
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Recession took a bite from Medicare spending, but not primary reason for slowdown
Health Exec
From 2009 to 2012, Medicare spending grew at an annual rate of 1.1 percent, a decline from the previous five years when Medicare spending increased at an average annual rate of 5.1 percent. Researchers from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management found 14 percent of the share of the decline in spending growth was due to lingering effects of the U.S. economic recession that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.
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