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Association News
Member benefit: Member-Get-A-Member
Protect your assets!
Attend a session at the Fall Educational Conference from home
Only four days left to register online for the ACR-RBMA Forum
The RBMA Bulletin September/October issue is now available online
RBMA Compliance Training Series: A low cost approach to satisfy federal requirements for annual employee training

News for Billing Managers
Paying to get paid
Use revenue cycle benchmarks with care

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

Member benefit: Member-Get-A-Member
RBMA
Help us grow the RBMA community and receive a token of our appreciation in return! RBMA's Member-Get-A-Member program rewards members who refer new or previous members to RBMA membership. Rewards include a long-sleeved RBMA t-shirt; $150, $250 or $500 AMEX gift cards; and possibly even a free RBMA conference registration.

Now is a GREAT time to refer a new member — we're offering our BEST DEAL OF THE YEAR!

New members joining for 2015 will receive the remainder of 2014 for free! Refer your colleagues or staff to www.rbma.org/15for12 and encourage them to join RBMA today!

For more information on prizes and terms of the Member-Get-A-Member program, please visit www.rbma.org/Member_Get_A_Member or contact us at membership@rbma.org.
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Protect your assets!
RBMA
Learn lawsuit protection, tax reduction and estate planning strategies most advisors are unaware of, including lawsuit protection, sources of lawsuits radiology business professionals are exposed to, and how to prevent them during Larry Oxenham's session Advanced Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning Strategies at the upcoming Fall Educational Conference. Learn how to reduce income taxes; eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of a business, real estate, stocks or other assets; and create successful estate and business succession plans through the use of corporations, trusts, wills and family limited partnerships.

Register today to attend this session and many more!

2014 Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 19-21
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Wash.

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Attend a session at the Fall Educational Conference from home
RBMA
RBMA will be broadcasting a 90-minute conference session via streaming media from the Fall Educational Conference, at 1 p.m. PT Sunday, Oct. 19. Sponsored by Imagine Software, Extreme Radiology and the Interventions in Modern Warfare, with Ron Boucher, MD, is a powerful session that will expose you to the efforts of both American and coalition medical teams currently operating in Afghanistan, as these teams provide medical care to sick and wounded coalition forces (including Afghan National Army personnel) as well as many Afghan civilians. The presentation serves to elucidate the tremendous work being carried out each day by this international team, as well as to recognize the tremendous sacrifices being made each day by the soldiers on the battlefield.

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 Fall Educational Conference today!

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Only four days left to register online for the ACR-RBMA Forum
RBMA
Online registration will close on Friday, Oct. 10. Save time, money and avoid lines by registering online before arriving in Seattle. After Oct. 10, registration will be done on-site at an additional $100.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity! Register today.

ACR-RBMA Forum
Oct. 17-18
W Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Wash.

Thank you to our sponsors.

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The RBMA Bulletin September/October issue is now available online
RBMA
The editorial focus of the September/October issue of the RBMA Bulletin is financial management and compliance. Feature stories include:
  • HIPAA Regulation Challenges Facing Radiologists, by Chad Schiffman
  • Accelerating Interoperability With a New PACS/RIS, by Olga Stanton
  • Defining the Radiologist's Role in Collaborative Medicine, by David Byrd
  • Where Does Business Intelligence Rank in the Decision to Outsource? by David Myrice, CPA, MBA
Click here to access the online options.

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Interfaces — the Social side of Equipment and Systems
ASPYRA, LLC
Often, we can feel like someone is speaking a foreign language when they start talking about Interfaces. Just like a language, we can learn a few key terms and common methods to make it easier to understand. Here’s a guide to how the standards and work flow of interfaces can help your facility’s systems and equipment communicate to improve your efficiency and bottom line. Saving a few minutes per procedure can quickly add up to enough time to add in extra procedures or see additional patients to increase your revenue.
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RBMA Compliance Training Series: A low cost approach to satisfy federal requirements for annual employee training
RBMA
RBMA offers a low-cost and convenient product for conducting annual employee compliance training. Three 20-minute online modules, presented by Lori Shore, BS, CPC, RCC, followed by testing on the required information, allow 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. After successful completion of the testing, staff members who receive a passing grade of 80 percent will receive a certificate of completion.

Pricing varies depending on the number of staff.

Click here for details.

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NEWS FOR BILLING MANAGERS


Paying to get paid
RBMA
Insurers have begun to realize that there are benefits for them in also using virtual credit cards for claims payments to practices.
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Use revenue cycle benchmarks with care
RBMA
There is a common tendency among some radiology practices to take a number from a survey and call it a benchmark, industry standard, or a best practice; however, that process can be a mistake.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Why the Affordable Care Act may not rein in ED imaging
Health Imaging
One of the side effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act championed by its supporters was supposed to be a drop in emergency department volumes, however, an editorial published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology argues this drop may not be realized.
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Six ways independent physicians can stay independent
Physicians Practice (registration required)
By Patrick Watterson, PA-C: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Much like Mark Twain, the death of private practice has been greatly exaggerated. Rumors of its demise began in the early 1990s, when a wave of hospital practice purchasing took place. In this first wave, hospitals only looked at the referral revenue and missed the bigger picture of having to actually run and grow these practices.
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PPACA still faces hurdles, academics say
HealthLeaders Media
A panel of distinguished academics gathered at Harvard University and gave federally driven healthcare reform efforts high marks, but cautioned that several daunting hurdles remain. Theda Skocpol, PhD, a Harvard professor and director of the Scholars Strategy Network, which co-sponsored the "Taking Stock of Health Reform" forum, delivered a stirring defense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Eliminate the waiting room
Information Week
Healthcare providers improve both patient care and their bottom lines by reducing the time people spend in waiting rooms. There is, however, no cookie-cutter approach, no out-of-the-box app to shorten the number of minutes patients spend flicking through old magazines or watching the news on muted televisions. Rather, IT departments and clinicians determine the principal issue the organization needs to resolve, and then find the optimal solution.
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A guide to Medicare's readmissions penalties and data
Kaiser Health News
The third year of Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program increases the maximum penalty for hospitals and expands the number of conditions the government evaluates. This year, hospitals can lose as much as 3 percent of their Medicare payments under the program, which is overseen by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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