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Practice guidelines help identify elements of the procedure that are most important in obtaining a high-quality examination, while simultaneously controlling costs. Use of standardized procedures will increase the applicability of clinical research among multiple institutions, in turn, increasing the value of research studies, particularly in the field of technology assessment. SNMMI offers practice guidelines in the following areas:
Central Nervous System
Guidelines Available for Public Comment
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a comprehensive programs to assess the ongoing competence of physician specialists and their ability to provide quality health care in six general competencies:
• Medical knowledge
• Patient care
• Interpersonal and communication skills
• Practice-based learning and improvements
• System-based practice
In the past, the certification process required successful completion of an approved educational program, an unrestricted medical license as evidence of professional standing, and passing the certification examination. Now nuclear medicine professionals can no longer simply take an exam to renew a certificate; lifelong learning must be documented.
The American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) MOC program is a process designed to document that nuclear medicine physicians maintain the necessary competencies to provide quality patient care in nuclear medicine. It is now an ongoing process and will require the assessment and improvement of practice performance by nuclear medicine physicians, as well as other physician specialists who wish to be certified, and/or maintain their certification, in nuclear medicine.
The most up-to-date and comprehensive source for nuclear medicine coding and reimbursement information on the web. Please note that ALL information and materials within the SNMMI Coding Corner are direct products of the SNMMI Coding and Reimbursement Working Group.
For Hospitals (APCs, IPPS) Find general coding and reimbursement information for hospitals.
For Private Practices (RBRVS) Find general coding and reimbursement information for professionals in private practices.
Coding and Reimbursement Q&A This easy to use feature contains over 100 questions and answers related to topics such as cardiac, endocrine, neurology, nuclear medicine-related drugs, oncology, PET, PET/CT, radiopharmaceuticals, and more!
SNMMI educational programs are designed to meet the professional development needs of physicians, as well as providing opportunities to satisfy continuing medical education (CME) requirements, including Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements.
Case Studies with DICOM Images
Audio Lectures with PowerPoints
Other Activities and Resources
The PET PROS program is your go-to source for print and take materials and helpful tools related to PET and PET/CT, including:
Referring/Interpreting Physicians: Understand the advantages and applications of PET/CT in your practice, and access helpful tools to increase the appropriate utilization of PET/CT.
Patients/Advocates: Learn about the latest PET/CT information and the major benefits it offers to patients.
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In September of 2013, CMS issued its final decision memo that concluded positron emission tomography- amyloid beta (PET Aß) imaging is “not reasonable or necessary”, finding “insufficient evidence” that use of this diagnostic tool would improve health outcomes for patients with dementia or neurodegenerative disease. As such, PET Aß imaging to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not a covered service for Medicare beneficiaries except for those enrolled in CMS-approved clinical trials.
(SNMMI in the News)
Positron emission mammography was found to have 100 sensitivity for all imaged breast tumors, according to a study being presented during the 2014 European Congress of Radiology scientific sessions.
(MI: Making a Difference)
Your body's cells have two major interconnected energy sources: the lipid metabolism and the glucose metabolism. Most cancers feed themselves by metabolizing glucose, and thus can be seen in Positron Emission Topography (PET) scans that detect radiolabeled glucose. However, prostate cancers tend to use the lipid metabolism route and so cannot be imaged in this way effectively.
(MI: Making a Difference)
Researchers have discovered that microscopic "bubbles" developed at Kansas State University are safe and effective storage lockers for harmful isotopes that emit ionizing radiation for treating tumors.
(MI: Making a Difference)
Tools, supported by evidence, to harmonize the practice of nuclear medicine using a progressive and safe approach.
Learn more about journals published by or sponsored by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
SNMMI monitors multiple federal legislative issues and provides resources including issue summaries, letters to Congress, and analysis.