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Welcome, Leaders!

As a practice leader, you have come to the right place for radiology business professionals who are dedicated to supporting and enhancing their vocation, investing in their career and pursuing higher goals. You have the respect of your physicians to help guide, develop and maintain a practice/department and you strive to advance the profession and improve the business of healthcare.

RBMA is the place to turn for inspiration, resources and practical tools you can’t find anywhere else.

Leaders
“The RBMA provides critical information through expertise and dedication to the field of radiology business. Being a member of RBMA as an administrator has provided me with the most up to date information and networking opportunities to assist me in performing at the highest level.”

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Welcome, Radiology Business Managers!

As a manager you have come to the right place for information and resources that will assist you in coding properly and obtaining the best possible reimbursement for your practice.

RBMA connects radiology business managers with resources and practical tools to help you succeed.

Manager
“I have been in the radiology business for 34 years and have seen many changes. One of the best changes is how the RBMA has grown and provides us with the necessary tools that we need in order to help us continue on this rocky road.”

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Welcome, Coders!

As a coder, you have come to the right place for for information and resources that will assist you in coding properly and obtaining the best possible reimbursement for your practice.

RBMA connects coders with resources and practical tools to help you succeed.

“RBMA membership offerings, either the list serve or conference attendance, has provided up to date trends in coding, payor policy and practice management issues. The topics discussed through the list serve either coding or practice management has helped my practice be proactive.”

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The IDC-10-CM Toolkit designed by Coding Strategies (CSI) and Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) gives the busy radiology administrator all of the tools needed to prepare the practice for the implementation of ICD-10.

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Welcome, Marketers!

As a marketer, you have come to the right place for information on the state of imaging today and how to effectively market your radiology practice by incorporating tools and strategies including social media and today’s technological innovations.

RBMA is the place to turn for inspiration, resources and practical tools you can’t find anywhere else.

“The RBMA Marketing Conference is a great way to network with colleagues from around the country to gain different ideas and perspectives without the threat of direct competition.”

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A toolkit designed specifically for radiology marketing, includes samples forms and ideas.

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Resources For Marketers

5 Steps to Effective Social Media Measurement
If you’re going to invest time in social media, you need to measure performance, but it can be difficult to identify relevant metrics.

How to Generate Compelling Content Ideas for Your Online Customer or Member Community [Infographic]
Are you looking for content to fulfill your new content marketing strategy, but don’t know where to start? Try these 10 great content ideas – plus a bonus idea – to jump start or breathe new life into your efforts.

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Welcome, Vendors!

As a vendor offering radiology products and services you have come to the right place to find your target audience. RBMA attracts decision-makers with buying power.

RBMA members rely on vendors to keep them informed of new technologies, developments, and products for their practices.

“RBMA provides the foundation for connecting with the right people. We appreciate the opportunity to visit with our existing clients as well as meet new prospective clients.”

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Resources For Vendors

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  • FEC 2016
  • Sessions

  • Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

    1-2:30 p.m.
    KEYNOTE SESSION
    Health Care: Remixed – Continuing the Conversation sponsored by Radiology Partners
    Zubin Damania, MD 
    In 2015 Dr. Damania, a former Stanford hospital physician, took RBMA Radiology Summit attendees on his humorous and poignant journey through medical school and into the heart of our dysfunctional health care system. Exploring the root causes of provider burnout in our current culture and practice of medicine today, he outlined his strategy behind his creation of Las Vegas based Turntable Health, an innovative model of patient-centric health care delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. Dr. Damania, along with his rapping, satirical alter-ego ZDoggMD, sparked a new paradigm of thinking for RBMA attendees in 2015. And now he’s back to continue the conversation and discuss the role radiology will play in the health care 2.0 world.

    At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

    • List the most pressing factors shaping the current health care landscape

    • Outline a new paradigm for the practice of medicine within the United States

    • Articulate a strategy for bringing at least a few of these elements to their own practice

    Prerequisites: None
    NASBA Designated Experience Level: Overview

    2:45-3:45 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Strategic Insourcing vs. Outsourcing IT: Which Is Right for Your Practice?
      David Smith, FACMPE, Tom Smith and Stephen Willis

      Revenue cycle management, IT, night and weekend reads, business processes, administration. You could bring it all in house, outsource all of it, or utilize a hybrid approach to managing the needs of a radiology practice. In this session IT leaders from two different practices will present some of the pros and cons of each approach while offering insight from the field based on their experience.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Define the different options available for outsourcing vs. insourcing

      • Identify some of the pros and cons of insourcing based on experience

      • Outline some of the pros and cons of outsourcing based on experience

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Advanced

    • Disrupting the Disruptive Physician
      Will Latham

      Just one disruptive physician has the capacity to debilitate other physicians, employees and even the entire organization. At the same time, dealing with disruptive physicians is one of the most challenging responsibilities of practice governance. This program speaks to why disruptive behavior occurs and how this toxicity spreads in systems with long term effects on the organizational environment. You will learn about the disruptive personality and practical ways to rein in and manage disruptive behavior.

      At the conclusion of the session the attendee will be able to:

      • Identify why disruptive behavior occurs and is allowed to continue

      • Explain the catastrophic effect of not resolving disruptive behavior

      • List strategies to manage toxic behaviors

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Basic

    • Preparing Radiology for Physician-Focused Payment Models
      Robert Bradner, JD and 
      Miranda Franco
      The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) establishes the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical  Advisory Committee (PTAC) to advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the development and implementation of physician-focused payment models (PFPMs), including models for specialist physicians, which could qualify as Advanced APMs. The law requires the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee that will assess PFPM proposals submitted by stakeholders and make recommendations to the Secretary about which models to consider testing. Learn about this valuable opportunity for stakeholders in radiology to participate in delivery system reform by developing and submitting their ideas for APMs.

      At the conclusion of the session the attendee will be able to:

      • Review the criteria and incentives proposed for Advanced Alternative Payment Models

      • Review the purpose, intent and structure of Physician-Focused Payment Models

      • Identify and discuss ways to design Advanced APMs that can be used to benefit the practice of radiology

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    4-5 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS  

    • Best in Class in the Cloud: A New Paradigm to Deliver the Right Study, at the Right Time, With the Right Sub-Specialist at the Right Cost
      Tony Gevo and Bill Pickart, MBA

      In today’s environment it is imperative to be able to read anything from anywhere, move the study to the right sub-specialist, in the right setting in a timely manner. With increasing volume and decreasing reimbursement it is necessary to achieve maximum efficiency of all physicians and avoid the need to add new physicians and costs to the practice. Others are moving crisply on this technology – find out why, how and what you should do to keep pace!

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Outline the tools every practice needs to be able to achieve maximum efficiency regarding reading studies

      • Explain how pervasive this new paradigm is – and how they can stay ahead of the competition

      • Discuss the impact this will have on the future of radiology

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • Roundtable: Imaging Centers
      A roundtable is an opportunity for discussion and Q&A with colleagues on a focused topic.

    • Optimizing the Patient Experience: Creating Patient Centric Campaigns in Radiology (added 7.14.16)
      Jennifer Kemp, MD, FACR, and Geoff Rubin, MD, FACR
      Healthcare providers are now expected to not only provide quality care in diagnosing and treating illness, but also to provide an optimal patient care experience.  The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are answering this need through RSNA’s “Radiology Cares” campaign as well as the jointly maintained ACR-RSNA patient resource website, Radiologyinfo.org.  This session will provide an overview of both of these patient resources as well as offer examples of how these campaigns can be integrated into the patient interfaces within individual radiology practices.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Explain the key components of the Radiology Cares campaign

      • List the patient resources available on the Radiologyinfo.org website

      • List simple examples of patient centered care that could be implemented in private practice or academic setting with little or no budget

       

    Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

    8-9 a.m.GENERAL SESSION 
    Adapting to New Payment Models: How Quality Metrics and Data Analytics Can Guide the Way sponsored by HealthPro Logo Small
    Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FRBMA, and Danny Hughes, PhD
    This session will discuss evolving health care delivery models that reward value over volume, and the compensation changes occurring for physicians and practice facilities. There is considerable uncertainty about how radiologists and radiology departments will be addressed under these new payment models. Increasingly, practice leaders will be required to establish contracts based on risk and value. Given the seeming lack of information regarding new payment models and how they are actually implemented, it is easy for radiologists to feel hopeless or powerless against the oncoming tide of change. This session will show how, using quality metrics and data analytics, radiology and radiologists can regain control of their financial stake in the patient encounter. It is anticipated that the tools discussed in this session will provide critical data radiologists need to identify opportunities for participation and better manage risk in bundled payment models.

    At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

    • Define how quality metrics and data analytics can help radiologists provide value over volume and get compensated for it

    • Underline radiology's place in the economic puzzle of bundles

    • Utilize online data tools to identify opportunities for participating in bundled payment models

    Prerequisites: None
    NASBA Designated Experience Level: Overview

    9:15-10:15 a.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Re-Health-Pitality: Revitalizing Customer Experience in Radiology With the Best Concepts From Retail and Hospitality
      Gail Schwartz

      HOSPITALity. HOSPITAL. The links between hospitality and health care are encoded into language. But somewhere, much of the connection got lost. Industry thought leaders are bringing it back, reaping such benefits as more satisfied patients, lower costs, increased revenue, and more. In this session the presenters share the core elements of a concept they call Re-Health-Pitality™, an approach to customer experience in radiology that is fortified with some of the best practices ever produced by the retail and hospitality industries.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Recognize the deep-rooted areas of linkage between the health care, retail and hospitality industries

      • Assess the potential business, patient experience, and clinical benefits of a service approach anchored in exemplary practices from the retail and hospitality industries

      • Apply the Re-Health-Pitality™ principles to developing a revitalized service-focused culture in an imaging enterprise

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • Stark Law Update: Summary of New Rules and Enforcement Activity (repeated at 2-3 p.m.)  
      Tom Greeson, Esq., and Paul Pitts, Esq.
      CMS recently adopted regulations “to reduce burden and to facilitate compliance” under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark law. The changes were included in the 2016 annual update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Final Rule includes several changes to provide greater clarity and flexibility to health care providers. The Final Rule also includes a new exception for “timeshare” arrangements in which a visiting physician pays for the right to use office space – including furnishings, equipment, and personnel – on an exclusive, but periodic, basis. This presentation will remind attendees of how the Stark law impacts relationships with referring physicians and describe important updates to the law.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Explain what the Stark law prohibits and what exceptions apply to radiologists and imaging centers

      • Discuss the new exceptions, terminology clarifications and policy guidance introduced in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

      • Outline the do's & don'ts of self-disclosure when a violation occurs and the consequences and penalties for failure to report violations

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • Key Trends and Valuation Considerations in the Changing Radiology Landscape
      Andrew Colbert
      In the midst of a changing reimbursement landscape, increased pressure on financial performance, and a transition toward outcomes focused clinical delivery, radiology groups across the country are beginning to evaluate strategic alternatives to best position themselves for long term success. This session will provide an update on forces driving change in the radiology industry with a review of consolidation trends and investor interest, critical steps to help prepare for these discussions and key metrics that drive practice valuation. 

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Discover consolidation trends and investor interest in radiology groups attributes that drive valuation pros and cons of strategic alternatives

      • Learn best practices to prepare for strategic discussions

        
    • Idea Swap: Best Apps for ProductivityDo you have a favorite free or low cost app that saves you time? Or maybe one that has changed your life? This swap session invites attendees to bring their favorite apps and share them with the group. Get introduced to apps you weren’t aware of and introduce others to some of your own favorite apps!

    11 a.m.-noon
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Roundtable: Billing Services
      A roundtable is an opportunity for discussion and Q&A with colleagues on a focused topic.

    • Reimbursement Strategies for High Deductible Health Plans and Greater Cost Sharing With Patients
      Greg Thomson, CPA

      With major increases in patient cost sharing, providers are facing even greater challenges in collections and accounts receivable from this patient category. Health insurance exchange plans and HDHPs typically have high out-of-pocket payments for median income families, and in turn high out-of-pocket payments have the biggest impact on providers. This session will address strategies for hospital based radiologists in collecting from high deductible patients.

      At the conclusion of the session the attendee will be able to:

      • Calculate patients’ out-of-pocket levels via real-time information

      • Develop collections strategies for patients to include time-of-service and follow-up methods

      • Discuss new payment methodologies based on outcomes, including bundled payments, centered medical homes and ACOs

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • MIPS Doesn’t Have to Be a Four-Letter Word for Radiology Practices (repeated Tuesday at 10-11 a.m.)
      Maria Calamaro
      MIPS legislation complicates an already difficult CMS quality compliance process for providers, and radiologists are no exception. Thirty-six percent of Medicare Part B payments may be impacted according to recent estimates, with CMS designating winners and losers based on program compliance. This session will provide current information on MIPS specific to radiologists, including the impacts of the CMS ruling expected in mid-2016, in order to help your practice prepare for compliance success in 2017.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Explain what MIPS is and how it works

      • Assess the potential impact on their radiology practices

      • Plan for compliance success in 2017

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    12:30-1:30 p.m. 
    LUNCH 'N LEARN  sponsored by Philips Healthcare 
    Peter W. Curatola, MD 
    Patient Centered Imaging: Good for the Patient – Good for the Clinic
    Consumerism in health care is a growing trend. Experience has shown that satisfied patients tell others in their community which drives incremental volume. This session will describe how one imaging center made investments to specifically improve the patient experience, what they did, and what the results were. Metrics discussed include: level of initial investment, how the center achieved a positive ROI, and impact on staff satisfaction and retention. Lastly, lessons learned and what they would do differently next time.

    2-3 p.m. 

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Roundtable: Hospital Based Practices
      A roundtable is an opportunity for discussion and Q&A with colleagues on a focused topic.

    • Radiology Economics and RADPAC Update (repeated Tuesday at 3-4 p.m.)
      Ted Burnes, MPA

      This session will cover current economic issues and will identify future trends relating to payment policies. Topics will include payor interactions, coding, and the latest regulatory and legislative updates impacting imaging reimbursement.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • List the major areas to be aware of with regard to emerging payor reimbursement trends

      • Explain Medicare’s plans to implement further cuts and RBMA’s actions to minimize their impacts

      • Identify the legislative issues facing the field of radiology for the remainder of 2016 and beyond

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Update

    • Stark Law Update: Summary of New Rules and Enforcement Activity (repeat of 9:15-10:15 a.m. session)
      Tom Greeson, Esq., and Paul Pitts, Esq. 

    • Imaging’s Future: Adapting to “Value” Based Care Models
      Sham Sokka, PhD
      Healthcare is changing; imaging services must adapt and deliver additional value beyond a scanned image to remain viable. Emerging technologies can enable practices to demonstrate differentiated value thru improved workflows and processes. Properly deployed, technological innovation can also play a key role in enabling an imaging center to attract both referrals and patients, in an economically viable manner. 
             At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:  
      • Gain an understanding of today’s healthcare challenges and how they impact new and changing business models
      • Build insight into emerging tools and technologies that provide solutions for value-based imaging
      • Understand how visibility to current performance, gaps, and root cause analyses can be used to identify targeted areas for imaging department performance improvement
     
    3:45-4:45 p.m.GENERAL SESSION 

    Value Innovation Lab
    Radiology practices are pursuing various ways to demonstrate their value to health systems, hospitals, referring physicians, and patients. This session will showcase the value initiatives submitted in response to RBMA’s “Call for Value.” This highly interactive session will feature brief case studies from those who have successfully implemented new processes aimed at demonstrating value and the results achieved.

    At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

    • Discuss the history behind the need for radiology practices to clearly demonstrate value

    • Outline basic strategies for determining the best approach to implementing a value based system

    • Provide examples of additional improvements in the areas of finance, process improvement and patient safety that may occur as byproducts of a value based system

    Prerequisites: None
    NASBA Designated Experience Level: Overview

    Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

    8-9:15 a.m.
    GENERAL SESSION
    Easiest Catch: Don't Be Another Fish in the 'Net
    Brian Hill
    You’ve read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question now is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. Not surprisingly, health care providers are not immune to these attacks. In fact, health care billers and their clients may be at increased risk for security breaches. In an effort to inform the attendees of current developments in the digital underground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, this session will discuss recent high profile cybercrime events, including website breaches impacting retailers, banks, Hollywood and government agencies, hospital systems and medical practices. The presenter will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect medical practice organizations such as phishing, malware, and Wi-Fi attacks.

    At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

    • Identify their responsibility when using new technology

    • Describe how to safeguard their clients’ confidential information

    • Define how the touchstone of reasonableness relates to the use of technology

    Prerequisites: None
    NASBA Designated Experience Level: Overview

    10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    DEEP DIVE SESSION 

    • Excel Tips and Tricks for Medical Practice Managers
      Nate Moore, CPA, MBA, FACMPE

      Payor contracting can be a time-intensive, frustrating process, and that’s just getting data to talk to the payors about. This session will provide Excel shortcuts and techniques to organize, compare and strategize with sample contracting data. We’ll focus on time saving techniques like VLOOKUP that make it easier to compare reimbursement by payor across time periods. Watch for ways to model contract changes to see the effects of potential rate changes and ideas about how to approach value based reimbursement with data. The presentation will be a live demonstration using Excel 2016 for the PC.

      Note: Participants are invited to bring laptops with Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007 to follow along with sample practice data used during the presentation. The class will assume an intermediate level of Excel experience.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Recognize several ways to import practice data into Excel

      • Perform a variety of Excel features and functions

      • Distribute analyzed data from Excel

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate Excel skills

    10-11 a.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • MIPS Doesn’t Have to Be a Four-Letter Word for Radiology Practices (repeat of Monday 11 a.m.-noon session)
      Maria Calamaro 

    • Roundtable: Radiology Group Collaboration – The Proven Alternative to Merger or Acquisition
      Keith Chew, CMPE, FRBMA, and Brigette LaBar, FRBMA

      A roundtable is an opportunity for discussion and Q&A with colleagues on a focused topic.

    • Data Driven Decision Making for Radiology Management – An Introduction to Data Mining
      R. Kent Hutson, MD, CPE

      Data-driven decision-making, or “data mining,” is the process of using computer-assisted data analysis to make informed decisions. This type of analysis has become possible due to computer algorithms that help the data engineer sift through large amounts of information to arrive at actionable conclusions.

      This presentation will discuss the principles of data mining, review some of the tools and techniques of the data engineer, and put it all together to see how these methods could be applied to radiology management.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Explain the principles of data-driven decision-making ("data mining")

      • Define the techniques of data mining

      • Recognize how data mining can be used in radiology management

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Advanced

    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Cyber Insurance and Other Ways to Protect Your Business When It Suffers a Data Breach
      Paul Pitts, Esq., and Cristina Shea, Esq.

      A data breach can have severe financial ramifications beyond the damage to a health care provider’s reputation. Even a small to mid-size data breach can cost thousands of dollars to investigate, mitigate and report. Although insurance carriers are offering more policies to cover data breaches, the terms and limits of these policies vary greatly. This presentation will describe the practical impact a data breach may have on radiology practices and imaging centers. We will also discuss how appropriate insurance coverage and planning can help mitigate and/or avoid the devastating impact of a data breach. 

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Identify what constitutes a breach under federal and state law and how it could impact their practice

      • Select the best insurance plan to cover data breaches

      • List the steps they must take in response to a possible breach

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • An Overview of the ACR's Dose Index Registry (DIR) and What One Facility Learned from Having Used It
      Michael Bohl, FRBMA

      Monitoring and reducing CT Doses is an increasingly important component of a facility's radiation safety program.  To support these efforts the ACR established the Dose Index Registry (DIR) in 2011.  This session will provide an overview of the DIR, and will review what one practice learned from having used it, including specific protocol elements it found could be changed to reduce dose without affecting quality and the impact these changes had on their CT doses.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Gain a better understanding of the ACR's Dose Index Registry

      • Identify usage as part of an effective dose management program.

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Overview

    • Roundtable: What’s Next for ICD-10?
      Shannon Marshall and Julie Pekarek

      A roundtable is an opportunity for discussion and Q&A with colleagues on a focused topic.

    1:45-4 p.m.
    DEEP DIVE SESSION 

    • Business Intelligence for Revenue Cycle Management
      Nate Moore, CPA, MBA, FACMPE

      Are you trying to run your practice like a business but struggling to get the information you really need to make good business decisions? Discover three built in SQL Server Business Intelligence (BI) tools to really take your practice analytics to the next level. SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) summarizes large quantities of data into cubes that can be linked to Excel for comprehensive data analysis and also offers data mining and predictive analytics that drive actionable insights about a practice. SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) imports and exports data between a variety of practice sources to combine data from multiple datasets in one place. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) creates Web pages, dashboards and scheduled emails with the data you need when you need it. Combine all three SQL BI tools to analyze, combine and distribute critical practice data throughout your practice in a variety of powerful and exciting new ways.

      This deep dive session will include a live demonstration of several models to create interactive, customized reports for your practice, starting with Excel Pivot Tables that sort, filter, group and chart data. Learn how to connect those Excel reports to SQL Server so that when the data in SQL Server change, the reports and charts automatically update every time Excel is opened. See a demonstration of SSRS and learn how to schedule email alerts and create Web pages that show just what you need to know when you need to see it. 

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Describe examples of data exploration using SSAS

      • Recognize sources of data to combine with SSIS

      • Watch a live demonstration of Excel, SQL Server and SSRS to create custom reports, interactive Web pages and scheduled email alerts

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Advanced

    1:45-2:45 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Executive Idea Swap
      This session is for experienced practice management professionals who are interested in a high level exchange of ideas, thoughts and suggestions.

    • Improve Practice Management With Staffing Analytics
      Andy Comeau and Rich Miller

      Radiology practices must use their workforce more effectively in order to remain viable. Typical scheduling systems can increase labor costs due to their inability to integrate with other systems, such as time/attendance or the RIS. This makes it difficult to make informed staffing decisions and leads to excessive overtime costs. Rooms and equipment are also used less efficiently when real-time patient data are not synced with staff availability data. Make your practice more efficient by learning what to steer clear of in workforce management.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Recognize how practice costs rise when staff scheduling is not integrated with payroll, room and equipment schedules, and business intelligence systems

      • Evaluate staff and patient flow to look for under-utilization costs of rooms, equipment and providers

      • Analyze the staff scheduling process and identify hidden costs

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • Intranet – Is It For You? (added 7/14/16)
      Lindsey Wynn and Kevin Wynn
      Learn about  online options for implementing your office intranet including available tools, opportunities and uses.   Current available options will be reviewed and the presenter will walk attendees through the process of choosing the best platform based upon the individual needs of a company.  The presenter will provide real life experience and guidance based upon one practice’s experience with implementing an intranet system and the benefits gained.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Review available platforms

      • Determine what type of platform you might need

      • Examine the benefits of implementing your own intranet

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Basic

    3-4 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

    • Radiology Economics and RADPAC Update (Repeat of Monday 2-3 p.m. session)
      Ted Burnes, MPA
       

    • Transaction Insights: Impact of Regulatory and Payor Changes in Imaging Center Value
      Clinton Flume, CVA

      Reimbursement cuts targeted at freestanding diagnostic imaging centers led to a surge in transactions from 2009 to 2013 as health systems and large multi-site operators acquired struggling independent centers. However, regulatory changes and shifts in commercial health care coverage have led to a significant change in transaction structures for diagnostic imaging. Our presentation will analyze these factors and the resulting impact on the value of imaging centers.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Analyze the impact of regulatory changes, including the moratorium on off-campus hospital outpatient departments and radiation dose monitoring requirements, on diagnostic imaging centers  

      • Examine how the increase of high deductible health plans has impacted demand for diagnostic imaging services

      • Articulate how regulatory changes and consumer demand have impacted transaction structures and values for diagnostic imaging centers (single site and multi-site)

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

    • Using the ACR's Dose Index Registry to Meet The Joint Commission's Dose Incident Identification Requirement
      Michael Bohl, FRBMA

      The Joint Commission requires facilities to establish Expected Dose Ranges for every CT protocol used at each facility and then identify any study whose total dose exceeds the expected dose range.  This session will briefly review the available options for doing so, then describe in some detail how one facility leveraged their participation in the ACR's Dose Index Registry to meet The Joint Commission's requirement, saving the facility hundreds of thousands of dollars.

      At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

      • Gain a better understanding of the use of the ACR's Dose Index Registry to establish Expected Dose Range for each study

      • Identify Dose Incidents as required by The Joint Commission

      Prerequisites: None
      NASBA Designated Experience Level: Intermediate

     

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