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'Cardiac Amyloidosis Needs to Be on the Decision Tree' - Heart Patient | ASNC Issues First Guideline for Diagnosing Cardiac Amyloidosis

For U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Gary Supnick (retired), the path to being diagnosed with transthyretin (TTR) cardiac amyloidosis was far from straight. Over a period of nearly five years, starting when his primary care doctor heard something “not quite right,” Col. Supnick underwent more tests than he can recall only to be told that the cause of his enlarged left ventricle was idiopathic.

Thank You from ASNC2019 Program Chair

In this personal message to ASNC2019 attendees, Program Chair Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD, shares key metrics and moments from conference and invites YOU to make suggestions for ASNC2020.  

ASNC CEO Speaks on Mo-99 Supply, Patients' Access to SPECT at NorthStar Event

In September, ASNC CEO Kathy Flood spoke to an audience of nuclear medicine leaders, representatives from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and others at a special event marking nearly one year of continuous domestic Mo-99 supply by NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes in Wisconsin. 

Lifelong Learning from ASNC: JNC Latest 'Images That Tech'

Don't miss the September/October Journal of Nuclear Cardiology articles that earned ASNC's "Images That Teach" designation:

MIPS Deadline Approaching: To Fulfill 2019 Reporting Requirements, Enroll in ImageGuide Registry Now

ImageGuide makes it easy—almost automated, in fact—for physicians to complete the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements, thus avoiding financial penalties.

Why do ImageGuide participants have it easier than many other cardiologists? Because for the fourth consecutive year, the ImageGuide Registry has earned Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status from CMS. The QCDR designation means ImageGuide participants’ data can be submitted in any of the MIPS categories, including cardiovascular-imaging-specific measures, improvement activities and promoting interoperability. And ImageGuide staff will personally assist participants through the MIPS submission process, ensuring all reporting requirements are met.

Binge-watching at Its Best: ASNC2019 Draws Viewers from 50 Countries

ASNC welcomed more than 400 nuclear cardiology clinicians who participated in the 2019 Annual Scientific Session via livestreaming. Attendees hailed from a total of 50 countries, ranging from A (Algeria and Australia, for example) to Z (Zambia). One viewer took binge-watching to a whole new level, livestreaming 599 minutes of ASNC2019 in a single day.

AUC Mandate Update: CMS Encourages AUC Consultation During Education and Operations Testing Year

On July 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) informed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) that effective Jan. 1, 2020, they should accept the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC)-related HCPCS modifiers on claims as part of an “educational and operations testing period” for the AUC Program for advanced diagnostic imaging. Claims, however, that do not include the AUC-related information will not be denied.

Leader Letter: ASNC President Shares Update on Efforts to Protect Cardiac PET

In a letter to ASNC members sent Oct. 1, ASNC President Rob Beanlands, MD, MASNC, thanked the hundreds of ASNC members who have joined “the fight to project cardiac PET by answering ASNC’s ‘calls to action.’” He also described ASNC’s ongoing efforts to ensure fair and accurate Medicare payments for cardiac PET. Led by Randy Thompson, MD, FASNC, Bill VanDecker, MD, FASNC, and David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC, this defense has included a collaborative effort with other groups, including the American College of Cardiology, American College of Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology Advocacy Alliance, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, as well as specific recommendations from ASNC.

Countdown to the Board Exams: ASNC OnDemand Prep Course Helps You Cross the Finish Line

With the 2019 Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC) Board exam period set to start soon, the pressure’s on for physicians to brush up on their knowledge and get back into the test-taking groove. For physicians who missed ASNC’s sold-out Nuclear Cardiology Board Preparatory Course in Chicago last month, the Society is offering an enduring OnDemand resource featuring the full repository of audiosynced slides from the course as well as mock prep tests

Effort to Prevent PET Cuts

This summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed drastic payment reductions to myocardial PET scans delivered in the physician office setting. In response, ASNC quickly mobilized and delivered to CMS officials a strong defense, led by ASNC member Randy Thompson, MD, for fair and accurate Medicare payments for cardiac PET. 

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