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January News Digest

Posted on: 01.15.15 by Digirad

The imaging industry is continually evolving and it’s important to stay informed about the changes that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of your imaging services.

ASNC Introduces New Self-Assessment Program

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is releasing a new Nuclear Cardiology Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (NCKSAP) designed for practitioners performing nuclear imaging studies and preparing for certification or recertification in nuclear cardiology. The program will be comprised of eight modules. The first five modules are available for purchase online now. Each module will have a total of 30 multiple-choice questions, rationales, and references designed to help users assess their nuclear cardiology knowledge. Continue Reading…

ASNC Continues Advocacy Work

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology has released a report detailing its continued advocacy efforts on behalf of its members and the field of nuclear cardiology. Among other efforts, ASNC advocated for changes to the United Healthcare Cardiac Prior Approval Process. ASNC also worked with United Healthcare to halt for reconsideration a policy to track provider performance based only on utilization and not on appropriate use of imaging services. Continue Reading…

Study Finds Few with Diabetes Have CAD Events with Normal Heart Imaging

A new report published in the October issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging has found that high-risk asymptomatic patients with diabetes mellitus and normal myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography have a low rate of first manifestations of coronary artery disease. However, the report also found that patients with DM and abnormal MPS have a seven-fold higher rate of progression to overt or silent CAD despite therapy. Continue Reading…

ASNC Debuts New Online Webinar

In December, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology released a new online webinar discussing the best practices in the nuclear cardiology field. According to ASNC, the free webinar is designed to increase cardiologists’, radiologists’, and nuclear medicine physicians’ knowledge on the “Practical Approach to Patient-Centered Imaging.” Users may access an archived version of the webinar on the ASNC’s website. Continue Reading…

CMS Updates Physician Fee Schedule Online Search

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its website to increase the functionality of its online physician fee schedule search. The site allows users to search pricing amounts, various payment policy indicators, RVUs, and GPCIs by a single procedure code, a range, or a list of procedure codes. Users may also search for the national payment amount and a specific Carrier/Medicare Administrative Contractor or locality. Continue Reading…



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