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Archive October 2016

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Congratulations to ASNC's 2016 Awardees

Message from Brian G. Abbott, MD, MASNC, ASNC President: 
Dear Colleagues,  
ASNC is privileged to work with a visionary membership dedicated to the Society’s mission of improving cardiovascular outcomes through image-guided patient management. At ASNC2016, the Society honored members and friends for their leadership, service and commitment to excellence. Please join me in congratulating each of the following awardees and their teams! 

CMS Released Final Rule Implementing MACRA

CMS Finalizes New Medicare Physician Payment System with Additional Flexibilities Physicians Allowed to “Pick their Pace” in 2017

This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the much-anticipated final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

CMS Acting Director Pledges Flexibility with New Payment System Roll-Out

On Sept. 8, 2016, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt acknowledged the concerns expressed by the medical community and by lawmakers regarding the implementation timeline for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and pledged that the final regulations will offer more flexibility for physicians.
 
 

Physicians Must Post Non-Discrimination Statements by Oct. 17

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights earlier this year issued final regulations implementing a provision (Section 1557) of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities. The regulations apply to any individual or entity that provides or administers health-related services or insurance coverage and receives "federal financial assistance,” including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the EHR Meaningful Use Program. As a result, by Oct. 17, most physicians and other covered entities must take “appropriate initial and continuing steps” to notify patients of the following:

ASNC Continues to Cast Doubt on Medicare AUC Program

On Sept. 6, 2016, ASNC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its latest round of proposals for implementing the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging, including those related to priority clinical areas and requirements for clinical decision support mechanisms (CDSMs) that must be used for consulting AUC. In its comments, ASNC continued to question the need for a stand-alone AUC Program as CMS transitions to a new value-based payment system under which physicians will be assessed on resource use. 

ASNC2016 International: Sessions Highlight Efforts in Latin America, Asia

Members traveled from Asia and Latin America to participate in ASNC2016. The Scientific Sessions included “Challenges and Opportunities for Nuclear Cardiology and CT in Asia” and “Heart Failure in Latin America.”

New JNC Features Images that Teach Focusing on PET, Newer Technologies

Keep an eye out of the November/December issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology—a special issue featuring six “Images that Teach,” all focused on new applications for nuclear imaging, the expanding role of cardiac PET and the potential of newer technologies. 

Watch! Dr. Gibbon Keynote Lecture and More ASNC2016 Highlights

Raymond Gibbons, MD, MASNC, received a standing ovation for his Mario Verani keynote lecture “What Is the Evidence? A Call for Scientific Rigor,” delivered at ASNC2016. Want to see it again? Want to share it with your colleagues?

View Dr. Gibbons’ inspiring message for optimizing patient care:

Announcing ASNC's 2016 Choosing Wisely Challenge Winners

 
ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely Challenge made its stage debut in Boca Raton, Fla., when the three competition finalists presented their proposals for ensuring that patients get the right test at the right time. The winner was selected by a panel of judges and ASNC2016 attendees, who voted via audience-response system. 

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