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Association News
RBMA member benefit: Continuing education credits
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RBMA members are invited to attend the AHRA-RBMA reception at RSNA
RBMA U highlight: Governance
What do the midterm election results mean for radiology?
MedLearn Publishing offers RBMA members a discount on 3 upcoming coding webinars

News for Coders
Get insight into how the value-based payment modifier may impact you
Using CMS’ new DBT codes in 2015

Corporate News
IMAGINE Software welcomes new Chief Strategy Officer

Industry News


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  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

RBMA member benefit: Continuing education credits
RBMA
Most RBMA programs offer the following categories of continuing education credit:

Credits Offered By
AAPC CEU Credits American Academy of Professional Coders
ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) American College of Healthcare Executives
Category A CE Credits American Society of Radiologic Technologists
NASBA CPEs National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
RCC Continuing Education Units Radiology Coding Certification Board
RBMA Continuing Education Radiology Business Management Association
Radiology Leadership Institute American College of Radiology's Radiology Leadership Institute

The number of continuing education credits offered will be listed with the specific program on the RBMA website and printed materials.

Please visit www.rbma.org/continuing_education for more information on credits offered and the specifics of each program and save the dates for our upcoming educational programs:

Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs March 15-17, 2015 New Orleans, La.
Radiology Summit June 7-10, 2015 Las Vegas, Nev.
Fall Educational Conference Sept. 27-29, 2015 Austin, Texas

We hope to see you soon at one of our esteemed educational programs!
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RBMA members are invited to attend the AHRA-RBMA reception at RSNA
RBMA
Will you be attending RSNA this year? If so, you are invited to join fellow RBMA members and AHRA members for an evening reception on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, 6 p.m. CT, at the Hyatt Conference Center at McCormick Place — first level, Room: Jackson Park BC/CC10 BC.

Please let us know if you will be attending RSNA and if you will attend the reception by RSVP-ing here.

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RBMA U highlight: Governance
RBMA
Radiology Business 101 is comprised of eight modules based on the RBMA Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The second module, Governance, is designed to address the topics, tasks and skills associated with organizing, structuring and collaborating with a board and stakeholders.

The Governance module includes the following six courses:

Course Number Course Name
GOV-001 Introduction to Governance
GOV-002 Governance Roles and Responsibilities
GOV-003 Governance and Management Structures
GOV-004 Effective Board Meetings – Topics & Rules of Order
GOV-005 Radiology Group Mergers and Joint Ventures
GOV-006 Developing a Strategic Plan

Students may enroll in a single course, multiple courses or commit to the entire program of 40 courses to be completed within a year.

For more information on RBMA U, click here.

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What do the midterm election results mean for radiology?
RBMA
RBMA's executive director Mike Mabry and consultant Richard White comment on the Republican Party's resounding win in the midterm elections in an article published by AuntMinnie.com. The tidal wave of change was profound: As of press time, the Republicans had won seven Democrat-held Senate seats, giving the party at least a 52 to 46 seat advantage in the Senate.
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"Storage Should Be Easy!" At ASPYRA, We Agree ...
ASPYRA, LLC
Every facility wants to know: “How can I safely, securely and cost effectively preserve my medical image data, and still keep up with all of the regulatory compliance requirements? How do I avoid PACS vendor lock-in and risky data migrations? How can I be sure my images will be available, years from now? VNA technology sounds promising, but it also sounds like just swapping one ‘gold plated,’ complex storage technology for another.” ASPYRA provides the most economical, functional, long term, vendor neutral image archival (VNA) solution available.
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MedLearn Publishing offers RBMA members a discount on 3 upcoming coding webinars
RBMA
  • 2015 Radiology Coding Update
    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, noon-2 p.m. ET

    One of MedLearn's most highly anticipated webcasts of the year. Don't miss your opportunity to learn from one of the industry's most recognized radiology coding experts, Jeff Majchrzak, BA, RCC, CIRCC. Do you use modifier 59? Find out what 2015 has in store for modifiers CMS is releasing affecting CCI edits. Get the latest radiology updates and coding information to help your practice and/or facility stay current and compliant in 2015. With over 40 code changes impacting radiology in 2015, it's essential!

  • 2015 Nuclear Medicine Reimbursement & Compliance Review
    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. ET

    Don't miss an opportunity to clarify coding and reimbursement for nuclear medicine. This timely webcast will bring you up to speed on coding for nuclear medicine in 2015.

  • 2015 Cardiology Reimbursement & Compliance Update
    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. ET

    Get up to speed on the state of cardiology coding. This webcast includes a detailed review of changes for 2015, including code revisions and new payment information.

    Exclusive savings for RBMA members only; the more you buy, the more you save! Order one and save 15 percent, order two and save 20 percent, and order all three and save 25 percent! To order and save, simply enter the appropriate discount code in your shopping cart upon checkout:

15% off one webinar RBMA15
20% off on two webinars RBMA20
25% off on three webinars RBMA25

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NEWS FOR CODERS


Get insight into how the value-based payment modifier may impact you
RBMA
If you are participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), have you looked up your own Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) yet? If not, you should.
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Using CMS' new DBT codes in 2015
RBMA
The calendar year (CY) 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contains three new CPT codes for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).
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CORPORATE NEWS


IMAGINE Software welcomes new Chief Strategy Officer
IMAGINE Software
IMAGINE Software, a leading provider of medical billing solutions, has hired Zal Azmi to be its Chief Strategy Officer.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Keep up with radiology coding and minimize risk
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
The radiology coding risks are plentiful and ever-changing, Melody Mulaik, MSHS, president and co-founder, Coding Strategies, Inc., said at AHRA 2014. Mulaik touched on specific current challenges like the updates to PET guidance, and documentation for CTAs and ultrasound — some of which tend to be recurring themes but topics that are necessary to continue to revisit to stay on top of the documentation.
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New survey shows ICD-10 readiness growing, albeit more slowly among smaller provider orgs
Imaging Biz
Smaller healthcare providers are struggling to catch up with their larger counterparts, but across the board more organizations are embracing the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) for medical coding compared with a year ago.
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CIOs, CMOs share EHR, telehealth adoption experiences
Health Leaders Media
It hasn't been an easy year for Linda Butler, MD, or her colleagues at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. As vice president of medical affairs as well as CMO/CMIO, she and her team have had to help manage the hospital's Magnet status reaccreditation, Ebola preparedness, and its three-year review by The Joint Commission.
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'Green' light: Boosting savings and sustainability in radiology departments
Health Imaging
A recent study has shed a little light on power consumption in radiology departments, and it could help some providers go green while saving money in the process. A group of Irish researchers have found that in their department, electronic equipment left on when not in use generated as much CO2 emissions in one year as 10 passenger cars.
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Report outlines how radiology departments can prepare for Ebola
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Radiologists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Emory University have outlined a series of recommendations in a special report published online in Radiology to help radiology departments and imaging facilities prepare for Ebola patients. Even though a small number of radiology staff may be involved in the care of Ebola patients, the report emphasizes that technologists should be educated about isolation room procedures and shown how to use personal protective equipment.
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