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Attend the 2018 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting, taking place January 25-27, 2018 in Orlando, FL, and connect with leading experts in the field, ready to provide you insight into best practices in clinical applications, and updates on cutting-edge research. With more than 50 presentations to choose from, you can create the event that's perfect for you! Highlights include theranostics focused track, and informative presentations.
Early-bird registration deadline: December 7, 2017
Make plans to attend the AACR-SNMMI Joint Conference on State-of-the-Art Molecular Imaging in Cancer Biology and Therapy, taking place February 14-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
The collaborative meeting program will allow you to connect directly with the profession's foremost experts on the latest topics in Molecular Imaging in Cancer Biology and Therapy.
Advance registration deadline: December 18, 2017
Procedure standards 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 procedure standards in the following areas:
Central Nervous System
Guidelines Available for Public Comment
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 offers a number of free resources on the Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, including free on-demand webinars:
Participating physicians may enroll eligible patients using the same portal. Background on the study, requirements for participation and a set of frequently asked questions are available on the IDEAS website.
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.
Complimentary Journal SAM access is now available exclusively for SNMMI Members. Take advantage of this great new benefit and meet your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II Self Assessment program requirements.
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.
Additional Educational Activities and Resources Include:
Courses and Meetings
CT Case Review
Other Activities and Resources
Palmetto GBA, a Medicare administrative contractor, has agreed to make billing-policy changes that SNMMI requested regarding payment for wastage from single-dose vials of radiopharmaceuticals. These changes affect North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia now, and will apply to the states that Palmetto will take over in 2018 (Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee).
(Coding and Reimbursement News)
SNMMI and other societies and organizations in the nuclear medicine community have sent joint letters to the U.S. Senate and House chairs and ranking members of the respective Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development of the Committees on Appropriations, voicing support for $67.4 million to secure a sufficient domestic supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).
(Government Relations News)
In the December featured basic science article in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Belgian researchers report on the first large-scale longitudinal imaging study to evaluate BACE1 inhibition with micro-PET in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. PET imaging has been established as an excellent identifier of the amyloid plaque and tau tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s disease. Now it is proving to be an effective way to gauge treatment effectiveness.
For prostate cancer patients who have rising levels of PSA (a cancer indicator) even after radical prostatectomy, early treatment makes a difference. In a study featured in the December issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Australian researchers demonstrate that PET scans can identify which of these prostate cancer patients would benefit from salvage radiation treatment.
Recognizing the growing and significant role in delivering precision medicine to patients, the 2018 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting will feature a dedicated track on Theranostics. You'll connect with the leading experts in clinical applications of theranostics, as well as the latest updates on new therapies that are currently in development.
View the educational program.
2014 SNMMI/NANETs symposium
Tools, supported by evidence, to harmonize the practice of nuclear medicine using a progressive and safe approach.
Happy Nuclear Medicine Week! Encourage community members to take pride in their profession – recognizing their colleagues for their hard work and promoting nuclear medicine to the entire medical community as well as to the public.
SNMMI monitors multiple federal legislative issues and provides resources including issue summaries, letters to Congress, and analysis. Most of this information is in the government relations news section of this web site.