COVID-19 Resource Center
This toolkit provides customizable tools for contacting patients and referring physicians, explaining the risks of delaying care, and detailing best practices and safety protocols nuclear cardiology practices have implemented to prevent coronavirus transmission.
Restarting Your Lab
- Guidance and Best Practices for Reestablishment of Non-Emergent Care in Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC, IAEA and SNMMI
- View Archived Slides from: Restarting your Nuclear Lab Operations as the COVID-19 Pandemic Recedes
- Questions and Answers from the Guidance and Best Practices for Reestablishment of Non-Emergent Care in NC Labs
- On Demand: Restarting your Nuclear Lab Operations as the COVID-19 Pandemic Recedes
Areas Experiencing a Resurgence of COVID-19
Areas Experiencing a Resurgence of COVID-19
- Multisociety Letter Urging CMS to Publicly Report Obstacles to AUC Program Implementation - Nov. 30, 2020
- Stark Law Update: New Exceptions to the Physician Self-referral Regulations Push Providers to Assume More Financial Risk in Value-based Models - Nov. 30, 2020
- NRC Response to Medical Professional Societies' Request for Regulatory Relief from U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulation, Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 35.290 - Sept. 18, 2020
- New E/M, COVID-19 Codes Will Take Effect Jan. 1, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2020
- Expansion of the Accelerated and Advanced Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency - Aug. 22, 2020
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing - Aug. 14, 2020
- HHS Renewal of Determination that a Health Emergency Exists - July 23, 2020
- AMA Project N95 FAQ - July 23, 2020
- HHS Telemedicine Hack Initiative - July 17, 2020
- AMA Announces Telehealth Impact Survey - July 16, 2020
- Letter to Congress on H-1B Physicians' Entry into U.S. - July 8, 2020
- Medical Societies Urge HHS to Waive Budget Neutrality Requirements for Office Visits in Upcoming Rulemaking - July 1, 2020
- Access to Quality Payment Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exemption Application and Instructions - June 29, 2020
- Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response - June 24, 2020
- ASNC Asks NRC for Modification to T&E Requirement During COVID-19 - June 15, 2020
- Department of Treasury/Small Business Administration Statement on Enactment of PPP Flexibility Act - June 8, 2020
- Small Business Administration FAQ on Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness - May 22, 2020
- Small Business Administration Application for Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness - May 22, 2020
- IAEA Webinar: "COVID-19 Pandemic: Transitioning to a 'New Normal' - When and How" - May 22, 2020
- ASNC Letter Urging Insurers to Reflect COVID-19 Safety Recommendations in Coverage - April 28, 2020
- CMS Announces Second Allocation from Provider Relief Fund: Portal for Reporting Revenue Open - April 27, 2020
- CMS Suspends Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs - April 27, 2020
- Congress Passes Another COVID-19 Relief Bill - April 27, 2020
- ASNC Leads CV Multi-society Letter to Congress Requesting Policy Priorities - April 21, 2020
- ASNC, AMA, Others Push for More Clinician Support in COVID-19 - April 15, 2020
- SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests: Learn the Essentials on New CPT Codes - April 15, 2020 AMA
- Relief and Flexibility for Physicians During COVID-19: Legislative and Regulatory Actions and Resources – April 12, 2020
- Template: Appeal Letter for Denials During COVID-19 Pandemic – April 11, 2020
- Advocacy Alert: First Distribution of Relief Funds to Providers – April 10, 2020
- Paycheck Protection Program: Interim Final Rules at a Glance – Updated April 9, 2020
- ASNC Joins AMA and Other Societies in Request for Immediate Financial Assistance – April 7, 2020, Letter to CMS
- 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
- Q&A from the COVID-19 Webinar session
- 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 - November 20, 2020
- Nuclear Medicine Europe Update on Mo-99 Supply - May 29, 2020
- Nuclear Medicine Europe Update on Mo-99 Supply - May 11, 2020
- 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
FIT Training Resources
- ASNC Nuclear Cardiology Virtual Elective
- Online Nuclear Cardiology Training Curriculum: Open Access
- ASNC Virtual CV Molecular Imaging Seminars
- On Demand COVID-19 Preparedness for Nuclear Labs Webinar
- Virtual Visits: Utilizing Technology to Drive Patient Care and Appropriate Use
- Restarting your Nuclear Lab Operations as the COVID-19 Pandemic Recedes
- 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
- April 13, 2020 - Issue #5
- April 20, 2020 - Issue #6
- April 27, 2020 - Issue #7
- May 4, 2020 - Issue #8
- May 11, 2020 - Issue #9
- May 18, 2020 - Issue #10
- May 26, 2020 - Issue #11
- CMS Finalizes CY2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Payment Cut to Physicians Imminent: TAKE ACTION NOW.
- Congress Must Act to Fortify Health Care System and Protect Access to Care
- 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
- Imaging Experts Slam Humana for 'Ill-informed and Wrong' Decision to Deny Coverage for Pet/CT Exams - November 18, 2020, Health Imaging
- UnitedHealthcare's Revised CT Payment Policy 'Threatens' the Patient-Physician Relationship, Advocates Warn - November 16, 2020, Radiology Business
- Top Nuclear Imaging Group 'Strongly Disagrees' with Humana's Decision to Refuse Coverage for PET/CT - November 12, 2020, Health Imaging
- Physicians Push Congress to Delay Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Program Indefinitely - November 11, 2020, Radiology Business
- Humana Curtails Coverage for PET/CT, Drawing 'Adamant' Disagreement from Imaging Advocates - November 5, 2020, Radiology Business
- Groups Ask NRC to Allow Virtual Radiotracer Training - June 12, 2020, AuntMinnie
- COVID-19: TCTMD’s Daily Dispatch for June 2 - June 2, 2020, tctMD
- Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - April 3, 2020, DAIC
- Imaging leaders warn of possible Mo-99 supply disruptions due to COVID-19 - April 2, 2020, Radiology Business
- Symptoms, stress test findings of patients with ischemia, nonobstructive CAD can change over time - March 31, 2020,
- How to Start a Cardiac PET-CT Imaging Program - February 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.
The most efficient way to contact us is through email. Please contact staff persons directly or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.