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Editor's e-Note
When reviewing notes from a meeting session, I often find worthwhile bits of information scribbled on my note pad that don’t quite fit into an article based on that session but are still worth sharing. I’ve collected five such bits from this spring’s Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) meeting. They’re all brief but worth reading and considering.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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Small Observations From RBMA
By Jim Knaub

Conference speakers often share observations and ideas that are worth repeating but don’t quite fit into an article about their presentations. Here are five from the Radiology Business Management Association’s (RBMA) recent meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. A thought on developing leadership from Charlotte Radiology. The group will pay a member’s ACR dues as a practice business expense. The radiologist can opt out of ACR membership but can’t keep the money if he or she does.

2. Helping referrers order the right exam. Charles McRae, CEO of Columbus (Ohio) Radiology, believes radiology “must own the ordering process.” To help their referrers more easily order the right exam, the group created an ordering app. McRae said the app use was part of a 3% to 4% decline in fee-for-service exams, but the denial rate also dropped and the collection rate increased, resulting in little real loss. “If you do right by the patient, it usually works out,” McRae said.

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