Archive March 2020

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ASNC-led Coalition Asks Congress to Recognize Demands of COVID-19 Response by Suspending the AUC Mandate

On March 22, ASNC led a group of 18 other medical societies in asking Congress, in light of the COVID-2019 pandemic, to intervene to reassure physicians that there will be no need to move beyond the Testing and Operations Phase of the AUC Mandate in 2021 by suspending the program through legislative action.

Update: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The COVID relief act, known as the CARES Act, provides $100 billion in relief to providers. The funds are limited to eligible professionals who deliver diagnoses, testing or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resource Center

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We are working to bring you the latest information. 

Private Payer Coverage for COVID-19

The following summarizes the policies that major private payers have released to date for COVID-19 testing and telehealth service expansion.

ASNC Headquarters - Staffing Update

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and have implemented changes to normal operations for the health and protection of ASNC staff.

CMS Relaxes Requirements for Medicare's Telehealth Billing

On March 17, CMS announced that it will expand Medicare telehealth benefits pursuant to its authority under the §1135 waiver authority and the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.”

COVID-19 Update: ASNC Cancels April Programs, Extends Awards Deadlines

COVID-19 Update: ASNC Cancels April Webinars, Extends Awards Deadlines 

In keeping with ASNC’s Support, Not Distract approach during the COVID-19 crisis, both of the Society’s April webinars have been postponed:
  • Cases in Tc-99m PYP Evaluation of ATTR Cardiac Amyloidosis: Interpretation and Reporting, and
  • Cardiac PET: Step-by-Step Interpretation of Myocardial Perfusion Studies—Different Techniques & Interpretation
ASNC will reschedule these programs when the situation has resolved and clinicians are better positioned to participate.

How to Use the New Absolute Quantitation of Myocardial Blood Flow Code

After years of work by ASNC, a new category I code for the Absolute Quantitation of Myocardial Blood (AQMBF) Flow went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. AQMBF provides risk stratification for patients with coronary disease and nonischemic cardiomyopathies above and beyond the data from static perfusion imaging. It also can be used for identifying patients with poor response to vasodilator stress or high-risk coronary artery disease.

COVID-19 Update: Mo-99, Spring Programs

Dear Colleagues, 
I know you are receiving a steady stream of messages about COVID-19 as everyone in the medical community unites to protect the health and safety of their constituents. ASNC is no exception. We are closely monitoring the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and have decided to cancel all of our live spring programs. I will outline our path forward later in this letter. First, and always, we are focusing on the issue that could affect our ability to care for patients.