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.


  • December 1, 2016House Passes 21st Century Cures Bicameral Compromise
    On Wednesday, November 30, the House passed the 21st Century Cures legislation 392-26, sending the sweeping FDA and CMS reform package to the Senate.
  • November 30, 2016“Pick your Pace” for MACRA Participation
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling out a “Pick Your Pace” system to help clinicians make the transition to a new payment system.
  • November 29, 2016A Look at the New Administration’s Healthcare Nominees
    President-elect Donald Trump’s healthcare nominees are in keeping with his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as to work with Republicans to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid significantly. Trump has selected Republican Representative Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma—president, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company—to serve as CMS administrator.
  • November 3, 2016CMS Releases CY 2017 HOPPS & MPFS Final Rules - Effective January 1, 2017
    CMS released the CY 2017 Final Rules for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
  • October 20, 2016OECD Responds to Questions Raised by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Report Titled “Molybdenum-99 for Medical Imaging”
    Reports from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the OECD-NEA’s High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR) both indicate a period of increased risk to the Mo-99 supply chain with Canada ceasing production. However, neither states that shortages will occur.
  • October 17, 2016CMS Releases Final Rule for MACRA
    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA ends the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for updates to the physician fee schedule, which threatened clinicians participating in Medicare with potential payment cliffs for 13 years. It replaces it with the Quality Payment Program, which rewards the delivery of high-quality patient care.
  • October 17, 2016Medicare Physician Compare Period Open Through November 11, 2016
    Physician Compare allows clinicians and group practices to preview their performance scores for select 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS measures before they are publicly reported on Physician Compare later this year.
  • October 13, 2016NRC Advisory Committee on Medical Uses of Isotopes Meeting Summary
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held their fall meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on October 6 and 7.

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