Archive December 2020

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Infective Endocarditis Imaging with 18F-FDG PET/CT

By Guest Bloggers Gabriel Blacher Grossman, MD, PhD, FASNC, and Rafael Willain Lopes, MD, PhD, FASNC

Early diagnosis of infectious endocarditis (IE) continues to be challenging. The modified Duke criteria, which are considered a reference, include clinical, microbiological, and echocardiography findings, resulting in a general sensitivity around 80%.1 Use of the traditional modified Duke criteria is limited in patients with intracardiac devices or prosthetic valves, and the development of new diagnostic tools for IE is clinically important. In patients with suspected prosthetic valve or pacemaker/ defibrillator lead IE, these criteria are inadequate in around 24% of proven infection.

ASNC2020 Young Investigator Awardee Describes His Cardiac Amyloidosis Research

Syed Bukhari, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, won this year’s Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science for his abstract, “Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Model for Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis.” 

2019 IANC/ASNC Research Fellow Discusses Challenges of Conducting a Trial During a Pandemic

One year after receiving the 2019 IANC/ASNC Research Fellowship Award, Senthil Selvaraj, MD, was back on ASNC’s stage (this time virtually) to present preliminary findings from the KEETO-CROSS study. 

CMS Finalizes CY2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Payment Cut to Physicians Imminent: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. In the rule, the Agency finalized a significant budget neutrality adjustment arising from previously finalized policy changes to office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes. The result is a CY2021 physician payment conversion factor of $32.41, a decrease of $3.68 from the CY2020 conversion factor of $36.09. This amounts to a 10.2 percent payment cut for some specialties.