RBMA Coding Academy Advances Radiology-Specific Coding Education

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Enhanced offerings through the Radiology Business Management Association include webinars, in-person events, recorded online classes and networking opportunities specifically for radiology coders.

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Radiology coding education is a cornerstone of RBMA’s educational offerings, and we are proud to pre-sent these expanded opportunities through our Coding Academy.

Coding radiology services is among the most complex forms of medical coding. Radiology coders must be familiar with more than just coding regulations. They also need to memorize the acronyms used in the field and have a working knowledge of imaging tests and procedures, as well as the conditions that make various radiology services medically necessary.

To address the need for in-depth radiology-specific coding education and networking, the Radiology Business Management Association has ramped up coding education through the RBMA Coding Academy. In 2019, there are five in-person workshops and webinars—more than double the offering in 2018—as well as three online courses for compliance training, business knowledge and radiology certified coder exam preparation.

In addition, for the second year in a row, the RBMA’s national conference, PaRADigm, included a special pre-conference coding seminar—this year expanded from a half day to a full day of education—and coding-specific education within the regular conference offerings.

“One of the many things that sets RBMA education apart is that it is peer based,” said Sarah Mountford, RBMA president and vice president of Client Services at Zotec Partners, LLC. “The programs are developed by RBMA members who are coding experts, based on their direct experience with current coding issues. The classes are taught by instructors actively working in the radiology coding field. Radiology coding education is a cornerstone of RBMA’s educational offerings, and we are proud to present these expanded opportunities through our Coding Academy.”

Response has been very positive with many attendees attracted by the networking and mentoring opportunities as well as the education, explained Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, director of education and training at Coding Strategies Inc. and chair of the RBMA Coding Committee.

“The level of interest is very high,” she said. “Radiology truly has nuances to the code set and expectations for coding and compliance that are not required of any other specialty. We are the only specialty that is dependent on information from the referring physician for correct coding, so we have to have better investigative skills and communication skills to obtain that information.”

For radiology coders, RBMA also includes coding-specific news, a closed members-only online community forum for sharing advice, and discounts on products like the coding books and Radiology Coding Certification Board (RCCB) exam preparation materials. Upcoming RBMA Coding Academy events include:

May 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Online Learning Webinar: They did WHAT??? Coding Tips for those NEW to Radiology, presented by Lori M. Shore, BS, CPC, RCC

June 2, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
In-person conference education: Dos and Don’ts of Coding, presented by Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM Trainer and Cindy Pittmon, FRBMA, at Eden Roc Miami Beach hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

Aug. 14, 2019, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Online Learning Webinar: Stepping into the World of Interventional Radiology, presented by Bethany Geiger, MBA, and Mary Horkey, RCC, RCCIR

Sept. 2019
In-person conference education: Diagnostic Bootcamp: From Knowledge to Certification - RCC, presented in Washington, DC

Sept. 2019
In-person conference education: Interventional Radiology Bootcamp: From Knowledge to Certification – RCCIR, presented in Washington, DC

Oct. 9, 2019, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Online Learning Webinar: Anticipating Changes for 2020, presented by Donna Richmond, BA, RCC, CIRCC, CPC

Recorded 2019 webinars available on demand include Endovascular Coding: New Codes – New Challenges presented by Stephanie Albright, RHIA, CPC, and Did I Hire the Right Person? presented by Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P. To learn more about the RBMA Coding Academy and other RBMA resources for coders, visit https://www.rbma.org/RBMAMembers/Education/2019_Coding_Academy/RBMAMembers/Education/Coding_Academy_-_MASTER.aspx.

About RBMA
Founded in 1968, the Radiology Business Management Association is a national not-for-profit association providing members with applied business information and intelligence applicable in any radiology setting. RBMA represents more than 2,300 radiology practice managers and other radiology business professionals. Its aggregate influence extends to more than 24,000 radiologic technologists and 26,000 administrative staff and physicians. RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management and is recognized for its radiology-specific educational programs, products and services, publications and data. The resources and solutions RBMA offer its members and the broader health care community are helping to shape the profession’s future.

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