Archive May 2020

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AUC Mandate Update: ACR Proposes to Shift AUC Reporting Burden on Ordering Docs

Nearly six years after enactment of Medicare’s Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has finally acknowledged challenges with the law’s implementation and is calling for changes. Repealing the program has been a regulatory relief priority for ASNC. This spring, ASNC led a letter to Congress signed by 18 organizations calling for program implementation to be suspended.

CT Scans and Hybrid Imaging Webinar Tonight

A Cardiologist’s Guide to the CT Components of Hybrid Imaging:
Guidance for Interpretation and Billing



United Healthcare Clarifies Policy on CTA as First-line Test

On May 20, 2020, ASNC President- elect Randall Thompson, MD, FASNC, Health Policy Committee Chair David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC, and staff met with United Healthcare (UHC) leaders regarding a recent policy on coverage for computed tomographic angiography (CTA). 

Successful Launch: Virtual CV Molecular Imaging Course

By Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH, FASNC, ASNC President 
Last week, ASNC launched an initiative that I firmly believe is the foundation for our field’s future— personalized imaging to guide precision medicine.

First ImageGuide Registry Publication Delivers Insights on Appropriateness, Utilization, More

The vast majority of the myocardial perfusion imaging cases submitted to the ImageGuide Registry® from 2015 through 2018 were appropriate (96%), of good or excellent quality (89%), and employed rest/stress 1-day protocol (88%). These were among a variety of findings published last week in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.