|*Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China, and Japan. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 29, 2020.
Guidance and Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic:
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- Paycheck Protection Program: Interim Final Rules at a Glance -- Updated April 9, 2020
- CMS Actions Taken to Ensure Clinicians Have Maximum Flexibility to Reduce Unnecessary Barriers to Providing Patient Care – April 7, 2020, CMS Letter
- Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services, and Treatment Recommendations – April 7, 2020, CMS
- U.S. NRC Methods for Providing Regulatory Relief During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – April 7, 2020
- Guidance on State Level Medical Liability Protections -- April 7, 2020, American Medical Association and Medical Professional Liability Association
- Access On-demand COVID-19 Preparedness for Nuclear Labs Webinar
- Blanket Waivers for Stark Self-referral Rules Due to Declaration of COVID-19 Outbreak in the U.S. as a National Emergency – March 1, 2020, CMS
- Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency – April 1, 2020, CMS Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 AND THE GLOBAL SUPPLY OF Mo-99 AND OTHER ISOTOPES – March 30, 2020, Nuclear Medicine Europe
- Private Payer Coverage for COVID-19 - April 1, 2020
- Association of Cardiac Injury with Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China – March 25, 2020, JAMA Cardiology
- Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – March 25, 2020, American Medical Association
- Updated FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2 - March 23, 2020, FDA
- CMS Eases QPP Reporting Requirements – March 22, 2020, CMS
- CMS Recommends Limiting Nonessential Adult Elective Procedures and Surgeries – March 15, 2020, CMS
- CMS Relaxes Requirements for Medicare’s Telehealth Billing – March 17, 2020, CMS
- SCCT for Use of Cardiac Computed Tomography Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
- HFSA/ACC/AHA statement Addresses Concerns Re: Using RAAS Antagonists in COVID-19 - March 17, 2020, ACC
- Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency - March 17, 2020, HHS.gov
- ASNC monitoring potential Mo-99 supply shortages due to COVID-19 - March 16, 2020, Health Imaging
- New CPT Code Announced to Report Novel Coronavirus Test - March 13, 2020, AMA
- COVID-19 and the Heart: Insights From the Front Lines - March 12, 2020, tctMD
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
- ASNC Staffing Update
Mo-99 Supply Updates
- Nuclear Medicine Europe Update on Mo-99 Supply - April 6, 2020
- ASNC Alert on Mo-99 Supply – April 1, 2020
- Curium Statement – March 20, 2020
- Lantheus Medical Imaging Statement —March 24, 2020
- NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes – April 1, 2020
- Access On-demand COVID-19 Preparedness for Nuclear Labs Webinar
- Virtual Visits: Utilizing Technology to Drive Patient Care and Appropriate Use
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
- American Medical Association (AMA)
ASNC's "news you need now" to help you manage the COVID-19 crisis.
- March 23, 2020 - Issue #1
- March 30, 2020 - Issue #2
- April 2, 2020 - Issue #3
- April 6, 2020 - Issue #4
- ASNC Urges Congressional Action on COVID-19 Response
ASNC joined the AMA in a letter urging Congress to require all payers to provide coverage for audio-only telehealth visits with patients, financial support to practices on the front lines of COVID-19 testing and treatment, and financial support to practices experiencing financial impacts from canceling elective visits and procedures.
- How to Use the New Absolute Quantitation of Myocardial Blood Flow Code
- ASNC, Partner Groups Submit Comments on Cardiac PET Reimbursement to CMS
- Myocardial PET Spared Drastic Payment Cuts for 2020
- Latest Advocacy News on our Blog
- ASNC Advocacy Updates
ASNC In the News
- How to Start a Cardiac PET-CT Imaging Program - Februrary 19, 2020, DAIC
- This Disease Increases Heart Failure Risks for Blacks, Caribbean Communities - February 23, 2020, Miami Hearld
- ASNC, ASE win CMS Recognition for ImageGuide Registry - January 22, 2020, AuntMinnie
- Could 2020 be the Year of Women in Cardiology? January 9, 2020, Cardiovascular Business
- Which Nuclear Modality has the Lowest Dose for CHD? - August, 12, 2019, AuntMinnie
- Nuclear Scintigraphy for Cardiac Amyloidosis Assessment in Current Clinical Practice- July 2019, Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology
- Press Releases
- Imaging Insights Newsletter
- View From the Field
- Latest Member News on Our Blog
- ASNC Headquarters – Staffing Update
We have initiated a remote working arrangement for our staff. All employees will be working remotely effective Monday, March 16. We are not suspending or closing operations. Staffs continue to provide excellent customer service to our members and the nuclear cardiology community.
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Thank you for the amazing work you do every day. We are here to support you however we can. Best wishes for your continued safety and good health.
March 26, 2020
The following summarizes the policies that major private payers have released to date for COVID-19 testing and telehealth service expansion. Download a PDF version.
- Will cover diagnostic testing and treatment for COVID-19.
- Will waive out of pocket costs for COVID-19 visits with providers through May 31,2020.
- Waiving out of pocket costs for FDA approved COVID-19 testing. Only a health care provider of hospital can administer the test and send sample to an approved lab for results.
- Cigna will cover treatment associated with COVID-19 though out of pocket costs may apply
- Cigna will cover virtual care screening related to screening, diagnosis or testing for COVID-19. Out of pocket costs will be waived.
- Virtual care NOT related to COVID-19 will be covered by physicians and provider with virtual care capabilities through May 31,2020. Out of pocket costs may apply.
- UHC is waiving cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and visits associated with COVID-19 regardless of whether the visit is in a provider’s office, an urgent care center, or in an Emergency Department. This applies to Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and employer sponsored plans.
- Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Member can continue access existing telehealth benefit through designated UHC partners without cost sharing. Cost sharing for members with a telehealth benefit through their employer-sponsored plan will be waived through June 18, 2020.
- COVID-19 related telehealth visits will have cost-sharing waived during the national emergency.
- Testing is fully covered. Testing for COVID-19 will be fully covered with no out-of-pocket costs for patients who meet CDC guidelines at approved laboratory locations. This applies to members of Humana’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial employer-sponsored plans.
- Telemedicine visits for all urgent care needs are fully covered. Humana is encouraging members to use telemedicine (e.g., video chat) as a first line of defense for all urgent care needs. Humana will waive out-of-pocket costs for telemedicine visits for urgent care needs for the next 90 days. This will apply to Humana’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial employer-sponsored plans, and is limited to in-network providers delivering live video-conferencing.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
- All 36 independently-operated BCBS companies and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program® (FEP®) are expanding coverage for telehealth services for the next 90 days (beginning March 19, 2020). The expanded coverage includes waiving cost-sharing for telehealth services for fully-insured members and applies to in network telehealth providers who are providing appropriate medical services.
- BCBS will waive prior authorizations for diagnostic tests and for covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance for members if diagnosed with COVID-19.
- BCBS will cover medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to the COVID-19 at no cost share to member.
- For further detail on blue cross blue shield plans by state, click here.
- Aetna is waiving co-pays and applying no cost-sharing for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19. This policy will cover the cost of a physician-ordered test and the physician visit that results in a COVID-19 test, which can be done in any approved laboratory location.
- For the next 90 days, until June 4, 2020, Aetna will waive member cost sharing for any covered telemedicine visits – regardless of diagnosis.
- All Anthem plans now cover COVID-19 testing and the care visit where the test takes place with no out-of-pocket costs.
- If you’re diagnosed as having COVID-19, your Anthem health plan benefits apply to treatment.
- Anthem is expanding your telehealth benefits. Not only do your benefits include connecting with a doctor through the Sydney Care mobile app’s Virtual Care text session or LiveHealth Online video, but now they also cover telehealth visits by phone with the primary care doctor in your plan until June 14, 2020.
- You can get one Virtual Care text session at no cost between now and June 14, 2020. Additional Virtual Care text sessions cost $19 each. Telehealth visits through LiveHealth Online or other telehealth technologies that primary care doctors in your plan use are available to you at no cost between now and June 14, 2020.
- Most plans include telehealth as part of their benefits. If telehealth isn’t part of your plan’s benefits, you may have out-of-pocket expenses to use telehealth services after June 14, 2020.