Aug. 9, 2011

Question of the Week
Do you receive additional payment or financial support from your hospital for any of the following services?

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Click here to see the results from the last Hot Topics poll: Does your hospital-based radiology group have a contractual requirement for dictated report turnaround time?

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Bring your tough coding cases to the Fall Educational Conference
On Monday, Oct. 17, at 2:15 p.m., Jeff Majchrzak and Donna Richmond will lead a learning lab that is part instruction, part hands on! During the session, Donna and Jeff will go over anonymous reports submitted by attendees step-by-step to determine appropriate coding. Additional reports brought to the session may be reviewed as well. While the focus will be on CPT coding, ICD-9-CM coding may be reviewed as necessary. Want to contribute your toughest case? Email your de-identified report to angela.carroccia@rbma.org by Sept. 23.

And don't forget to register to attend the RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference!

Fall Educational Conference
Oct. 16-19
Aria Resort & Casino
City Center, Las Vegas

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Plan a longer stay in Las Vegas: Attend the ACR-RBMA Forum
Arrive a few days early to attend a valuable leadership seminar for practice leaders and physicians. For the third year, RBMA has partnered with ACR, and a dynamic faculty, for an open exchange of ideas covering current topics confronting radiologists and administrators. Cover the state of radiology from the 30,000-foot view before narrowing your focus into specific tracks offered at the Fall Educational Conference.

New Strategies for Business and Clinical Leaders in Radiology
Oct. 14-16

Aria Resort & Casino
City Center, Las Vegas

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More coding at the Fall Educational Conference
The Interventional Coding Course will be offered as a pre-conference session at the Fall Educational Conference. Part of the RBMA Coding Academy sponsored by , this two-day workshop will be taught by Jeff Majchrzak, BA, R.T.(R)(ARRT), CNMT, RCC, CIRCC and Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, RCC and will cover core rules, regulations and definitions needed to code interventional radiology services confidently. Attendees are encouraged to submit difficult cases to review, discuss and discover how to code like the experts!

Register for this course along with the Fall Educational Conference or separately.

Interventional Radiology Coding Course
Oct. 15-16
Aria Resort & Casino
City Center, Las Vegas

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Looking for speakers for Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs
The 2012 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs will be held March 18-20, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RBMA is especially interested in case study based presentations for this program. Have a marketing success story? Please share it! We are also seeking advanced level marketing topics as well as topics on new and emerging marketing trends.

We are accepting submissions until Aug. 19.

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Invite your Congressional representative to visit your facility
August recess is the perfect time to capture your Congressman's ear by hosting a visit to your practice. Several RBMA members have already done just that and reported back that it was an extremely effective method for raising the profile of the radiology industry by explaining directly to their representative how further reimbursement cuts for imaging services will impact patients.

Curious as to what is involved? Check out the recording of a webinar that RBMA offered on this topic last month.

Contact Ted Burnes at the ACR if you would like to arrange for your member of Congress to visit your facility. Ted is ready to assist and handle all the details!More

Attend an RBMA conference for FREE
Thanks to a generous donation from , RBMA members who have never attended a conference before will have the chance to attend a conference or meeting of their choice for free. vRad will provide six $1,500 scholarships that will cover registration fees and other costs qualified applicants incur for attending the meeting. The first scholarships will be awarded for attendance at the 2011 Fall Educational Conference.

The deadline to submit your application is Aug. 26.

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Can't find it on the website?
If you are searching for something in particular on the RBMA website, and it doesn't jump out at you, use the search feature located in the upper right corner. Plug in a keyword of the topic you are looking for in the white box and hit search. An index of choices will appear.More

Teleradiology: You may be breaking the law
As technology advances and demand for high-quality, efficient health care increases, teleradiology continues to be a bustling field of medicine and a fertile territory for laws.More

FDA draft guidance for industry on mobile medical applications released
On July 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance specifying how the FDA intends to oversee regulation of mobile medical applications for smartphones and other mobile computing devices.More

Sound corporate housekeeping: How to protect your entity's independent status
With the growing scrutiny of business operations and corporate liability, radiology and imaging practices must diligently work to maintain certain corporate formalities, thereby minimizing the risks and exposure to the business and its owners.More

How not to be a 'Horrible Boss:' A defense litigator's perspective
The dark comedy "Horrible Bosses" opened in theaters across the nation last month. The trailer for the film showcases Colin Farrell's character directing a subordinate to "trim the fat" by firing all "the fat people." The other two bosses — played by Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey — are equally despicable.More

Considering a sale of your business? Be familiar with concept of an earnout
If you are the owner of a radiology group, imaging center or other health industry service provider, you may wonder about the value of your business. If you are trying to sell your business, the answer you receive from a prospective buyer may not meet your expectations and may be downright disappointing.More

Calendar of events
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Zotec Partners lands billing services renewal with a leading radiology group
Zotec Partners
Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announced that Medical Center Radiologists out of Norfolk, Va., signed a five-year contract extension with the company to continue as its billing services provider. Since 2007, MCR has relied on Zotec Partners to combat rising costs and declining reimbursement and has increased collections year-over-year.More

Merge announces record pro forma sales in second quarter
Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2011.More

University practice boosts productivity, cash flow with McKesson
For more than seven years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston — the nation's seventh-largest medical school — has relied on McKesson's Revenue Management Solutions to help manage its growth and gain efficiencies across the revenue cycle. RMS enables UTHealth's Physician Faculty Practice Plan to maintain its mission of providing high-quality, personalized patient care while operating in an environment of cost containment, declining reimbursements and health care reform.More

Florida clinic selects CodeRyte
CodeRyte, Inc.
CodeRyte, Inc., the leading supplier of Natural Language Processing technologies in health care, announced that the Florida Medical Clinic has selected CodeRyte to provide automated coding throughout its 16 clinics.More

Debt ceiling deal: More bad news for Medicare payments?
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
Congress' passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 to lift the federal debt ceiling could negatively affect Medicare reimbursement by piling new reimbursement cuts on top of already serious Medicare reductions. The bill authorizes President Obama to increase the debt limit up to $2.4 trillion by 2013 in a series of stages, the first of which would cut nearly $1 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years.More

Debt ceiling agreement excludes imaging cuts
Imaging Biz
Cuts to diagnostic imaging services are not included in the initial measures called for in the debt limit agreement approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in a move to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the near-term possibility of a default by the U.S. on its fiscal obligations.More

FDA re-establishes medical imaging drugs advisory committee
Health Imaging & IT
The FDA published a rule in the Federal Register announcing the re-establishment of the Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The committee advises the FDA Commissioner and designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to helping to ensure safe and effective drugs for human use, the agency stated. More

Rethinking health plan customer service
Health Leaders Media
Here's the good news for health plans: In just over a year, as many as 40 million new customers will enter the insurance market. And the bad news: They're primarily individuals and small groups. Yep, the very business that insurers have more or less been giving the back of their hand to for years is going to be front and center. More

How to improve care while bending cost curve
Health Imaging & IT
As the U.S. health care system gears up for a movement toward accountable care, thought leaders discussed bending the cost curve during a keynote address at the 9th Annual Healthcare Quality Congress, presented by the World Congress. There is no other industry in the U.S. where new technology drives up costs, said Reed V. Tuckson, executive vice president and chief medical practice officer at UnitedHealth Group, a payor based in Minneapolis.More

6 secrets to a successful HIE
Information Week
Health information exchanges have yet to become the darlings of most hospitals and medical practices, but despite their frostly reception, two recent studies suggest you can launch and maintain a viable HIE. These health data sharing organizations will undoubtedly play an important role as the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use programs continue to take shape. More

Health care reform: We can't afford it
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
What do Caterpillar, Richard Pryor and Penecillium chrysogenum have in common? Other than the obvious answer that they all came from Peoria, Ill., they all have been instrumental in changing the landscape of the 20th century: physically, culturally and medically.More

Will Cigna, Healthways part ways? Too early to say
Nashville Tennessean
Healthways Inc.'s contract with its biggest customer, Cigna, doesn't expire for another 18 months, but there's one stock analyst out there suggesting the Franklin, Tenn.-based company runs the risk of losing that big fish. The comments by JMP Securities analyst Constantine Davides caused shares of the Franklin-based disease management firm to drop 13 percent a couple of weeks ago from its recent high of $17.51 per share.More