Advanced Track: Tuesday, July 24
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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Exhibitor Symposium
Generously Sponsored by Hitachi
Details coming soon.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Breakout Sessions

"Healthcare" America's Most Violent Workplace
Tosca Bridges Taylor, BSRT(R)(CT)(QM) - Education Coordinator/Radiology Instructor/Radiologic Technologist, John Muir Health/Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences

Healthcare institutions are among the most violent workplaces in America. The assaults on healthcare workers has increased at an alarming rate in the past several years. Healthcare assaults can come from patients, disgruntled workers, and also terrorist activity. With so many forces working to undermine great patient care it is essential we stay diligent in protecting ourselves and staff. This session will examine how to recognize the signs of a potential threat. There will be a review of healthcare violence that has already occurred, and the changes those institutions have implemented to prevent further attacks. We will also discuss various ways of protecting yourself and your patients from violence.

You will learn to:
• Recognize potential threats.
• Deal with violent patients.
• Protect yourself and others from violence in the workplace.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

Finding your ROI-A New Frontier in Procurement
Kevin Siebs, BA - Clinical Demand Analyst, Shared Imaging, LLC
Larry Siebs, BS, MBA - CEO, Shared Imaging, LLC
David J. Waldron, BSc, ACIB, CDipAF - Chief Executive Officer, Traction Business Development LLC

Accurately forecasting the Return On Investment (ROI) of diagnostic imaging assets has become increasingly critical for hospital executives and diagnostic imaging administrators as reimbursement continues to decline, appropriateness criteria gain relevance and as health care continues to push towards value-based care. Now, decision makers must a) fully understand their external market and b) conduct a fully-comprehensive lifetime cost analysis, coupled with understanding the drivers to ‘ROI’, in order to determine their most cost-effective procurement option. The goal of this presentation is to educate hospital executives and radiology administrators how to successfully achieve both objectives.

You will learn to:
• Model lifetime cost of ownership of assets over a specified planning period through Net Present Value cost analysis.
• Understand the Impact on Net Present Value of critical variables such as cost of capital and imaging equipment residual value.
• Use advanced market analytics tools, such as Truven Health Analytics, to size current clinical demand and forecast change in demand over a planning period.
• Monetize clinical demand projections by cross referencing payor mix, demographics and reimbursements.
• Determine ROI through comparing cost of ownership to forecasted demand.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

Is It Time for a Dedicated Radiology Coder?
Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P - Director Consulting Services, Coding Strategies
This session is generously sponsored by Coding Strategies, Inc

Radiology is an intricate and complicated specialty. Coding guidelines frequently change and not keeping up with these changes can be financially disastrous! Having a dedicated radiology professional responsible for the coding of interventional radiology procedures, charge master (or fee ticket) maintenance and the follow-up and resolution of insurance payor rejections and denials can provide significant benefits to your organization. Find out the ways a dedicated individual can make money for radiology! Having an accurate job description coupled with appropriate qualifications and experience will ensure that the best candidate is selected for the job. How many FTEs can I justify for the workload at my facility? Who should be responsible for working with the insurance payors? These questions and more will be answered during this exciting and “animated” session.

You will learn to:
• Discuss frequently encountered revenue opportunities to assist with the justification of a dedicated coder.
• Assist the radiology administration with the development of a job description for a dedicated radiology coder.
• Discuss the qualifications and experience required for the successful candidate in this key position.

Domains: PM
CE Credits: 1

Success through Servant Leadership
Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, MBA - Director of Medical Imaging and Telecommunication Services, Premier Health-UVMC
This session is generously sponsored by Premier Health - Upper Valley Medical Center

Today's Imaging leader is well positioned to manage through the tidal wave of expectations due to the experience in finance, capital management, project management, technological advancements and regulatory expectations. There are many different leadership styles that may be used in different situations. But, the basic tenets of servant leadership address all qualities and styles that are needed to achieve every goal and opportunity that faces leaders today and in the years to come. Servant Leadership focuses on the individual rather than a stereotyped group of people. The ten principles of servant leadership include listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community. We will discuss how this works with all four generations currently in the workforce today with examples of each tenet. We will also discuss how emotional intelligence plays a role in our development and practice of servant leadership.

You will learn to:
• Understand the tenets of servant leadership.
• Understand the relationship with emotional intelligence and generational differences.
• Understand the impact we as leaders have on our team.
• Understand how your purpose ties everything together.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

Speak Well to Grow Professionally
Lee Tkachuk, BA - President, SpeechCheck, Inc.

Being able to speak well is an asset for anyone in any position, but in a leadership role, it is a critical skill and one that is often overlooked. From leaving a voice mail to leading a meeting, speaking is often the first impression others have of you. Speaking well is a skill that is not difficult and can be learned. There are three points to every speech, every message, and every presentation and following them can be the difference between being an effective speaker and being an average speaker. These three points can be tailored to any speaking situation, and using them will engage your audience and hold their attention. Whether you are new to speaking or have been leading meetings and giving presentations for years, I can help you improve what you say and how you say it, which will lead to better results. Some of the areas that I will cover include voice mail (more important than most people realize), interviews, meetings, and presentations. We will work together on putting together a presentation or meeting, rehearse (yes, rehearse not memorize) and have your audience eating out of your hand. This is not just for sales, but for every situation you find yourself in that needs effective speaking – from interviews to meetings to presenting results to convincing administration to approve something that you really want and need for your department. Effective speaking is an essential skill – from the stage, in a meeting, in life!

You will learn to:
• Utilize the three points that every speech must have and how to use them effectively.
• Understand how speaking affects every aspect of your job, your personal life and your relationships, and how to maximize the impact you have with words.
• Prepare for a speech - from conception through delivery - and never worry about putting your audience to sleep!.

Domains: HR, CI
CE Credits: 1

Growing Patient Demographics and Effects to Medical Imaging Community
Kimberly R. Todd, MS, RTR - Radiography Program Director, Jackson State Community College

Today's epidemic of poor food choices, lack of access to nutritional options, illness and injury, and time constraints, can be considered as contributing factors to unhealthy lifestyles leading to an overweight population. Classifications of obese and morbidly obese patients have been noted as reasons for the rise of numerous diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions. The increased physical proportions of patients have led to the presence of bariatric surgery clinics either as standalone facilities or inclusion into hospital settings. The design and implementation of various accommodations in healthcare equipment and medical imaging procedures must be considered as a result. Even with the use of digital imaging technology, a decrease in image quality may occur without proper knowledge of equipment and the impact of body habitus in the larger sized patient. In addition, increased patient size means healthcare providers, such as medical imaging technologists, should evaluate their possible biases towards this demographic that might adversely affect their potential level of care. Education on proper body mechanics and other forms of employee protection must also be taken into consideration. Management awareness of these issues can go far in providing a higher level of customer service, patient satisfaction, and employee safety within an imaging department.

You will learn to:
• Recognize main issues related to food, nutrition, and health within our nation and the impact on patient body size and well-being.
• Appreciate various medical devices/equipment available to care for oversized patients.
• Identify stigmas associated with the obese and morbidly obese patient.
• Utilize basic safety precautions when caring for obsese and mordily obese patients in medical imaging.
• Address the effects of large patient size on multiple imaging procedures to improve quality.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

Driving Operational Results Through Quarterly Leadership Goals
Shelly Troutman, CRA, RT(R)(MR) - EVP Operations, Outpatient Imaging Affiliates

Do your routine day to day responsibilities impede your ability to drive important results or initiatives forward? Does your plan to work on important initiatives ever get derailed because something unexpected or more important arises that requires your attention? Is your leadership team aligned with and actively helping you drive for the desired results or with moving priority initiatives forward? If you are struggling with the questions posed above or you are just looking for an effective way to improve operational results, then implementing a quarterly leadership goal program may be the answer you've been looking for. The use of a quarterly leadership goal program is a simple, but powerful process that helps managers and leaders identify operational priorities, and cascade them down to their team creating alignment and common purpose to accomplish the most important goals. Alignment is key to effectively mobilizing your teams effort to accomplishing the desired outcomes. The quarterly goal program is a great tool for developing future leaders, and it will also naturally identify team members that are not aligned that could be impeding your progress. The healthcare industry is changing, and imaging leaders, now more than ever, have to finds ways to "raise the bar" of excellence by working smarter, not harder. This a program that can help you and your team produce amazing results in key performance areas such as quality, service, patient satisfaction, finance, and growth.

You will learn to:
• Assess your operation and develop an annual operational plan.
• Use the annual plan to cascade goals to your team using the quarterly goal process.
• Work the quarterly goal process and let the quarterly goal process work for you.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1

9:15 AM -9:45 AM
Beverage Break

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
General Session & Keynote
Keynote Presentation - The Connected Leader

Colette Carlson

A leader must be authentic and exhibit the behaviors conveyed in their message to maintain respect for their authority. This session will teach you how to advance your communication style, increase your credibility, earn respect, and gain support.

You will learn to:
• Communicate with candor and clarity to guide your team to achieve remarkable results.
• Develop phrases that dissolve conflict and inspire cooperation.
• Engage, persuade, and influence others through strategic storytelling.
• Exhibit integrity and build trust when you walk your talk (especially under pressure!)
• Become a human highlighter who champions the accomplishments and strengths of every individual on your team.

Domains: HR, CI
CE Credits: 1

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Served

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Breakout Sessions

Army Medicine’s Continuing Pursuit to Becoming a High Reliability Organization (HRO)
John J. Beall, BSHS - Executive NCO, Deputy Commander Patient Support, Madigan Army Medical Center

Throughout the Global War on Terrorism the Tri-service Military Health System (MHS) has demonstrated that it is extremely reliable "downrange" by achieving the lowest war fatality rates in history. Despite this fact and compacted by the high costs of military medicine the MHS is under intense scrutiny by Congress and the Office of the Secretary of Defense who are wondering if the MHS is “relevant”. Essentially asking the questions - "Is the MHS worth the return on investment?" "Does the MHS provide safe and efficient care?" "Should military healthcare be purchased in the civilian sector?" 

This presentation will inform the attendee on how Army Medicine is doing on their journey towards being an HRO. In 2013 Army Medicine leadership launched the Operating Company Model (Army Campaign Plan 2020), which in turn led to the reorganization of the Army's Office of The Surgeon General and the Medical Command (MEDCOM) headquarters as well as the development of the System for Health strategy. You will also learn how the Army has started incorporating the “Three Pillars” of HRO which are Leadership Commitment to Zero Preventable Harm, the Adoption of a Culture of Safety and the implementation of a Robust Process Improvement.

You will learn to:
• Create common understanding of the HRO principles.
• Describe how the Quality and Safety Center is contributing to the Army's HRO Journey.
• Demonstrate how Army Medicine is meeting the three pillars of becoming an HRO.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Clean Up On Radiology Aisle: How To Effectively Manage A Toxic Employee

It is often difficult to assess an employee's behavior via a resume. Even if references are sought, employees can change from stellar or average employees to toxic ones that impact the team, department and ultimately the organization. It can also be a manager's nightmare to inherit this type of employee and effectively manage their behavior.This session will provide an overview of reasons organizations become infected with toxic employees and the need for managing the employee instead of allowing the situation to fester which then impacts patient care and operations. There are a variety of methods to deal with toxic employees but often left alone by managers for fear, or uncertainty in how to approach this human resource issue. The session will provide guidance of lessons learned in cleaning up a toxic work environment. Also, methods that managers can implement to increase team effectiveness to strengthen their radiology department to achieve operational results will be discussed.

You will learn to:
• Recognize reasons why organizations become infected with toxic employees.
• Review the impact of toxic employees on the team, department and the organization.
• Discuss lessons learned and give examples of methods to overcome toxic behaviors.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

How to Have a Meaningful Impact On Your MRI Safety Practices.
William Faulkner, BS, RT(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT, MRSO(MRSC) - Medical Imaging Consultant, William Faulkner & Associates, LLC
Zachary Friis, PhD, DABR, MRSE (MRSC) - Senior Medical Physicist, West Physics
This session is generously sponsored by William Faulkner & Associates

The presenters will briefly review the history of MR Safety in an effort to discuss the current status of MRI safety. The presenters will discuss the various approaches the different accrediting bodies have used to improve MR Safety. The presenters will present feedback from the Joint Commission survey findings and discuss industry findings from ACR Annual Physics surveys. The presenters will discuss how imaging departments can improve MR Safety in their own imaging departments. Finally, the presenters will discuss what new efforts are being made to formalize the various roles of MR Medical Director (MRMD), MR Safety Officer (MRSO), and MR Safety Expert (MRSE) have in regards to creating a safe MR environment for patients, personnel, and visitors.

You will learn to:
• Review the history of the ACR MRI Safe Practice Guidelines, and the motivation behind creating them. Review the implementation of the Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert and 2015 Imaging Standards and the motivation for creating them for MRI Safety.
• Discuss the MRI elements of performance the JC field surveyors and ACR have focused on, and the recommendations for improvement that they have made to accredited facilities.
• Discuss the changing culture in MR Safety, and the formalized roles that are coming.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Emergency Preparedness - Now more than ever
Hazel C. Hacker, MHA, FAHRA - Director JFK AMI OB/TR, Hackensack Meridian Health - JFK Advanced Medical Imaging

Our country has been through the disaster wringer in the past few years. We need to be ready to respond to natural and man made disasters, no matter where we live. Medical facilities have been tested to the limit, and that's even with disaster plans in place. Everyone has come to the stark realization that the "It would never happen here" thinking doesn't apply anymore. We need to be personally prepared for the potential disasters of our specific locale. Hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides, blizzards, earthquakes, tornadoes....whatever the disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may not come for hours, days, weeks, or longer. Personal preparation BEFORE an emergency is the key to improving outcomes and reducing the stresses inherent in these situations. This course will examine the disasters relevant to each attendee and help create a personal disaster plan/checklist/process for each.

You will learn to:
• Identify the specific potential disasters for your area.
• Create and maintain a personal emergency kit.
• Understand processes to use in creating a personalized emergency plan.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

The Relationship: Leadership, Management, Quality and Momentum
Jordan Johnson, MSHA, BSRT RT ROCC - Director of Compliance and Leadership, Churchill Consulting

Quality, satisfaction and the financial viability of departments are now more dependent than ever on effective leadership, not just management. Reimbursements continue to decrease; ineffective productivity models are leading the way and the quality payment program has caused the paradigm shift away from the fee for service model. With all of the change it appears not much has changed in management, but the stresses and pain points of the radiologic modalities increase. Many of the boomers and traditionalists seem resistant to change even complacent at times, while the millennials have figured out there is not much loyalty. With so many different dynamics and more "meetings" than ever, how is a manger/director supposed to lead, when they can barely put out the daily fires. This presentation will provide the background of how we got here and identify where we failed to adjust strategies and approaches incrementally. Many managers/directors of the radiologic modalities are retiring; transitioning positions over to many that simply aren’t prepared. These people step into these roles armed only with a title and years of experience. This combined with the highest modality demands ever, the notable disconnect between the C-suite and front lines and the tightest budget constraints ever are a recipe for burnout, failure and turnover. This presentation will identify effective strategies, solutions and concepts to be a successful leader and move a department/institution with sustainable momentum and results while challenging and engaging you. We are dealing with more than a cell on an Excel spreadsheet!!!

You will learn to:
• Identify the difference of leadership and management.
• Discuss generational differences and how to engage and motivate them.
• Discuss productivity methodology.
• Examine the process and product.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Covering Your Assets:Avoiding Common Risk Areas in Diagnostic Radiology
This session is generously sponsored by RadRx

This session will feature a discussion on the importance of auditing and provide guidance on how to avoid the most common coding and documentation errors that put providers of diagnostic radiology at risk for overpayments and scrutiny of Medicare and other third party payers. Attendees will understand the importance of auditing and why being proactive is a vital necessity. Participants will be instructed on the high risk areas for diagnostic radiology coding and documentation including diagnostic test orders and medical necessity requirements. Some of the exams to be featured are: ultrasound and duplex coding, CT/CTA & 3D rendering among others.

You will learn to:
• Understand the importance of auditing and why being proactive is in your best interest.
• Identify common high risk services in diagnostic radiology related to coding and documentation.
• Learn the importance of documenting medical necessity beyond assigning a covered ICD-10-CM code.

Domains: PM
CE Credits: 1.5

AHRA Regulatory Update (Repeat)
Sheila M. Sferrella, MAS, CRA, RT(R), FAHRA - President, Regents Health Resources
Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS - President, Coding Strategies, Inc.

Healthcare regulatory changes continue to hit imaging administrators at a rapid pace affecting both compliance and reimbursement. This session will focus on proposed as well as finalized legislation and changes for 2018-2019. Clinical Decision Support (CDS), site-neutral payment and other key issues will be reviewed during this session. The operational impact to your organization will also be discussed as well as any relevant AHRA surveys to see how you compare with your colleagues.

You will learn to:
• Discuss key regulatory initiatives affecting imaging providers
• Ensure attendees understand the short and long-term issues associated with regulatory changes.
• Ensure attendees are aware of existing and potential regulatory issues impacting reimbursement for hospitals and imaging centers.

Domains: OM, CI, FM, PM
CE Credits: 1.5

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Beverage Break

4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Breakout Sessions

Leadership Standard Work for Imaging Leaders - Adaptability Is The New Efficiency
Ronald Jones, MSRS, RTR (R, CT) - Regional Director of Diagnostic Imaging, St Luke's Magic Valley

Does your leadership team have a variation in the standards and processes for executing duties?
Do you have irrelevant metrics, troubles problem solving, and issues with reporting, supervision or accountability?
No worries! I once did also. But not anymore.
In the next 60-90 minutes, I'll teach you the tools necessary to manage your team in a lean, efficient way by enabling you to identify, prioritize and solve issues in every area. 
I will show you how to automate your job as well as engaging your staff in problem solving. 

1. Gear up. The right tools will ensure continuous problem solving within your department is happening constantly and efficiently.
-Teamwork Boards, Helicopter Flow Chart, SIPOC, KPIs, Leadership Duty Schedules, Kamishibai Boards/Cards and DMAIC. 
2. Situational awareness. Appropriately identify measures for monitoring your operations accurately. 
-Recurring and active huddles, work the Teamwork Board process, create Buy-in, benchmark against peers with visible dashboards. 
3. Launch. Identify and implement oversight standards for all sites and modalities enabling you to monitor and sustain. Adaptability is the new efficiency.
4. Return and report. You can't monitor what you don't measure so it is key to review data and seek out potential enhancements.
Using this method and these tools, I turned around eight modalities in six months. The first three months were spent training the leaders these methods and tools. Then I went live across the whole imaging department. The next three months, one modality/ department alone identified, modified and improved 39 “opportunities” for improvement. Every department has success stories I can share. Plus, what to do after all the low hanging fruit is picked.

You will learn to:
• Identifying the best tools for ensuring continuous problem solving.
• Identifying the proper standard works to monitor and sustain.
• Implement oversight and accountability to ensure sustainability.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Don't Leave Money on the Table . . . Position Your Practice With Value-Added Initiatives, MIPS and MACRA
Cheryl Loper-Fimreite, CMA - Vice President of Coding & Compliance, Integrated Medical Partners
Christy Ritchie, BA - Client Account Executive, Integrated Medical Partners
This session is generously sponsored by Integrated Medical Partners

Radiology practices are facing numerous challenges with the recent changes of the value-added objectives and the MIPS Quality Measures. The purpose of this session is to present in detail the four areas that comprise the switch from volume to value; quality, service, resource management, and professional development. Discussion of how hospital-based practices currently manage these four areas as well as how these areas can work together to support MACRA. The top 15 MIPS measures and improvement activities will be highlighted with a focus on quality and physician performance documentation. The difference between physician performance complete and incomplete documentation will also be reviewed. Discussion on how to share and work with your physicians to get the documentation required. Review of how to read a MIPS Measure Specification. View the impact of the MIPS Composite Performance Score for 2019 and beyond. A case study utilizing an approved MIPS registry will show the missed opportunities and the ability to make corrections prior to submission.

You will learn to:
• Understand how radiology practices are managing the four areas of value: quality, service, resource management and professional development.
• Identify how practices are demonstrating value i customer service, marketing and communications within and outside the hospital.
• Understand the Physician Performance Requirements for MIPS Quality Measures.
• Identify the difference between complete versus incomplete physician performance documentation.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Implementing Staff Engagement Into Your Management Infrastructure
Verlon Salley, MHA, CRA - Executive Director, UAB Medicine
Lydia Kleinschnitz, MHA, BSN - Senior Director, Imaging Services, UPMC
This session is generously sponsored by UAB Medicine

Learn how to make staff engagement apart of your management style. We will share with you how we implemented the "Communal Management" style at UPMC; according to our May/June article in the AHRA Management Journal. We'll also share various staff engagement initiatives that came from our Communal Management style.

You will learn to:
• Incorporate employee engagement into your management style.
• Build an infrastructure of staff engagement.
• Gain knowledge employee engagement initiatives.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

Circus Peanuts: Owning YOUR Monkeys
Wendy J. Stirnkorb, CRA, MBA, RT R MR MRSO MRSC, HSDQ, PSG - Director of Imaging Services and Dean of the School of Radiology, Regional West Medical Center

Have you ever heard the phrase "Not my circus; Not my monkeys"? Well, guess what? When it comes to your technologists and your radiologists, they ARE your monkeys! And you are responsible for assuring they play well in the sandbox and communicate respectfully and concisely with one another. As the Imaging leader, you can facilitate this process by giving them solid tools to perform at their best. Having a robust MRI Safety program can help all parties provide MRI best practice patient care. This builds trust with the radiologists and gives the technologists greater confidence. These tools will help revive your employee and physician excitement, driving those two metrics higher! Then, when they are ready, you can RELEASE the Monkeys to FLY without being the Wicked Witch!

You will learn to:
• Build a robust, active MRI Safety Program.
• Improve Technologist / Radiologist Relationships.
• Improve MRI team dynamics, driving engagement.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

10 Things You Should Never Do As A Leader
Sandy Geroux, MS - Founder/CEO, WOWplace International, LLC

Most leaders don’t want to be good leaders, they want to be great leaders. They not only want their people to help them look good, but they truly care about helping their people succeed in their own right. They recognize that the more successful they can help make their people, the more successful their people will help make the entire organization. They also know that people don’t leave companies… they leave people, and in our competitive job market they must engage their best team members to keep them from being snatched up by other companies. However, leaders are only human and sometimes have “blind spots” that prevent them from recognizing the actions, words and attitudes they exhibit that may be hindering the creativity and engagement of their teams. Recognizing and changing even small things about the way they interact can bring big results because leadership impacts employee engagement, customer service, productivity, sales, profits… everything! So, it is imperative to get leadership right. Through a series of examples and case studies, Sandy will share the 10 most common activities leaders must stop doing immediately, as well as uplifting stories, ideas, templates and models to help them focus on positive everyday behaviors they can implement now. She will also help attendees recognize their “emotional logo™” and how they can change their emotional “branding” to inspire their teams to produce higher results.

You will learn to:
• Recognize and eliminate behaviors that hinder team performance.
• Utilize tools and templates to help you focus on positive everyday behaviors.
• Inspire your teams through positive emotional "branding" that inspires them to produce higher results.

Domains: HR
CE Credits: 1.5

Win at Medical Billing
Linda Masin, BS Microbiology, Certified in Health Care Compliance CHC - Practice Manager/Compliance Officer, Eastern Radiological Associates
Jorge Martinez, MBA, Certified Professional Compliance Officer - Client Services Manager, Affiliated Professional Services (APS)
This session is generously sponsored by Eastern Radiological Associates

Medical billing is like the game PLINKO. There are many paths that your chip (CLAIM) can take that can lead to undesirable results. How can you make sure your services do not stray from the narrow path that leads to reimbursement/payment? This fun and interactive session will help you learn about processes that you can implement that will help you line up the “chips” before your claims are billed.

You will learn to:
• Increase knowledge of medical billing and familiarize yourself with basic billing concepts and terminology.
• Observe real life scenarios and review some of the "detours" the billing process encounters and how to avoid them.
• Increase knowledge on basic billing compliance and reimbursment.

Domains: TBD
CE Credits: 1.5

MRI Safety Update: 2018 / Cryogen Safety – What you need to know!
Tobias Gilk, M.Arch, MRSO, MRSE, HSDQ - Sr. VP, RAD-Planning, Founder, Gilk Radiology Consultants
Robert P. Junk, AIA - President, RAD-Planning
This session is generously sponsored by Founder, Gilk Radiology Consultants

Session Information Coming Soon!

You will learn to:
• Clearly identify the shifts in MR Conditional implants, and the changing referrer expectations for imaging device patients.
• Deliniate which MRI safety requirements (or recommendations) you may be subject to as a result of TJC or ACR accreditation regimes.
• Identify the options and benefits for advanced MRI safety training and certifications.

Domains: PM
CE Credits: 1.5

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2018 Awards & AHRA Fellows Reception (by invitation only)