Archive May 2022

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Advocacy Update - 40+ Organizations Join ASNC's Latest Push Toward AUC Mandate Repeal

This month, 43 medical societies, including the American Medical Association, joined ASNC in a message urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consult the physician community and deliver a candid report to Congress on the significant problems with the AUC Program.

Advocacy Update - Medicare Physician Payment Reform Begins: ASNC Joins Coalition Outlining Principles to Guide Change

Last week, ASNC joined the American Medical Association and many other national specialty societies in support of principles that will guide the physician community’s advocacy efforts on Medicare physician payment reform. This document represents the first stage in medicine’s effort to develop and propose substantial changes to the payment system to improve the financial viability of physician practices and ease administrative burdens

ALERT: Iodinated Contrast Media Shortages Expected to Continue Through June. Consider SPECT or PET as Alternatives for CTA Patients.

Recently, GE Healthcare reported a series of supply interruptions in iodinated contrast media, specifically iohexol (Omnipaque) and iodixanol (Visipaque). These agents are used in computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays, interventional radiology and in cardiac catheterization. 

The supply of radiopharmaceuticals is stable. Stress nuclear cardiac studies, such as SPECT and PET, are often clinically appropriate alternatives for patients who are scheduled for CT angiography. IV iodinated contrast agents are needed for CT angiography but are not needed for noncontrast CT for calcium scoring.