Issues & Advocacy

SNMMI's mission with regard to health policy and regulatory affairs is to enhance its credibility, advance its issues, and through leadership become a valued partner among public policy stakeholders.


  • June 12, 2018The AMA's RUC and Why It Is Important to You
    The American Medical Association (AMA) has an expert panel called the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), which advocates for accurate valuation of all physician services. If you receive a request from SNMMI to participate in an AMA RUC survey, it is imperative that you participate so your voice can be heard.
  • May 29, 2018Comments Sent to FDA Regarding Amino Acids Needed During Lu-177 DOTATATE Therapy
    SNMMI, the Mayo Clinic, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have jointly filed comments with the FDA with recommendations for regulatory changes that would make it easier for patients with GEP-NETs to obtain arginine and lysine--amino acids that can mitigate side effects of Lu-177 DOTATATE therapy.
  • May 21, 2018SNMMI Advocates for Improved Reimbursement at CMS Public Meeting
    SNMMI recently advocated on behalf of members and their patients at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) workgroup public meeting. Lu-177-dotatate, Ga-68-dotatate, and Fl-18-fluciclovine are all delivered by pharmacies in per-study doses, not per-unit doses; SNMMI requested that CMS modify the coding descriptors for payment accordingly.
  • May 4, 2018FDA Issues Updated Guidance on Clinical Trial Imaging Standards
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an updated guidance for the standardization of imaging data collected and managed as part of clinical trials. While considerable standardization already exists in clinical imaging, the new guidance recommends additional trial-specific imaging process standards.
  • April 25, 2018eviCore Adds Coverage for Thyroid Imaging, Cites SNMMI Guideline
    eviCore has updated its coding recommendations for whole-body thyroid imaging.
  • April 18, 2018SNMMI Seeks to Change Aetna's PET Coverage Policy
    On March 30, 2018, Aetna issued a revised PET coverage policy that failed to cover Dotatate and Fluciclovine. SNMMI requests that it change these policies.
  • April 11, 2018Aria Razmaria, MD, Awarded 2018 Henkin Fellowship
    SNMMI and the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging are pleased to announce that Aria Razmaria, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship.
  • March 27, 2018Medicare Jurisdiction J Transition from Cahaba to Palmetto GBA
    On February 23, 2018, Palmetto GBA officially transitioned all Part A and Part B Jurisdiction J providers. SNMMI has concerns about the rate differences with the new policy.

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