Archive November 2020

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ASNC Leads New Multisociety Letter Urging CMS to Publicly Report Obstacles to AUC Program Implementation

Citing the new exceptions to the Stark law regulations, ASNC and 15 other groups last week urged CMS to rethink the Appropriate Use Criteria Program. 

Stark Law Update: New Exceptions to the Physician Self-referral Regulations Push Providers to Assume More Financial Risk in Value-based Models

In a final rule issued Nov. 20, the Trump Administration finalized changes to physician self-referral and anti-kickback rules that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) heralded as “historic” and as a move that will facilitate the Agency’s push toward care coordination and innovative payment models across Medicare, Medicaid, and private plans.

Stress Agents and Nuclear Lab Emergencies

By Guest Blogger Brett W. Sperry, MD
Understanding the stress agents used in the nuclear lab as well as potential emergencies and supply shortages is essential for providers who are involved in nuclear cardiology. While these concepts are some of the first that we learn when studying for a career in nuclear medicine, they can easily be forgotten in day-to-day practice. In this blog, I review some of these basic concepts for nuclear cardiologists, trainees, technologists, and others involved in the nuclear cardiology lab.

Highlights from #ASNC2020 – A FIT’s Perspective

 Guest Blogger: Mrin Shetty, MD, FIT Member of the Social Media Task Force****The year 2020 has been unlike any other but with tribulation brings innovation and #ASNC2020 embraced this spirit of evolution with gusto. It was a conference of many firsts, the foremost being that it was the first ASNC meeting to be held virtually, making it a truly global event. Co-chaired by Terrence Ruddy, MD, MASNC, and Piotr Slomka, PhD, FASNC, and under the auspices of ASNC President Sharmila Dorbala MD, MPH, MASNC, the theme of the meeting was, “using technology to improve patient care.” Here are my top take-aways:

#ASNC2020 Highlights – A FIT’s Perspective

 Guest Blogger: Emmanuel Akintoye, MD, FIT Member of the Social Media Task Force****The 25th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) might have come and gone, but it will surely be remembered as a landmark event in the history of ASNC. As the first virtually held nuclear cardiology conference of its kind during a pandemic, ASNC2020 brought together the best in the field of nuclear cardiology in a new world of virtual sphere. As a fellow-in-training (FIT) and one of the social media moderators (aka SoMe photons), it was an exciting and edifying experience. It was filled with so many highlights that word count limitation will not permit me to completely express here. Hence, I can only share with you my top 5 experiences of ASNC2020.