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One Weekend, Two Programs

The Ultimate Educational Two-fer: Nuclear Cardiology Today + Cardiac Amyloidosis Workshop

One weekend, two educational programs on hot topics, both developed specifically for nuclear cardiology teams and their referring colleagues, with an emphasis on practical, case-based learning. And a special two-fer tuition rate. Here’s the deal:

ASNC’s popular Nuclear Cardiology Today is back with 2½ days of interactive education focused on the challenges that imaging teams tackle every day but guidelines don’t address.  ASNC has unveiled a brand-new cardiac amyloidosis workshop that will prepare clinicians to diagnose and manage this underdiagnosed condition. Are you prepared to deliver care and hope to patients who previously had few options? ASNC’s cardiac amyloidosis program will get you ready. 
Read more about Two-fer offer


ASNC Nominates Dr. Greg Thomas for MEDCAC

ASNC nominated Gregory S. Thomas, MD, MASNC, for appointment to CMS’s Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). ASNC highlighted Dr. Thomas’s record of cardiovascular patient care, extensive research experience in the academic setting and knowledge of Medicare coverage policy and emerging reforms. The MEDCAC provides advice and guidance to CMS on coverage determinations, with the intent of providing independent guidance and expert advice on clinical topics that will supplement CMS’s internal expertise. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology assessments and public testimony; and examines data and information on the benefits, harms and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare or that may be eligible for coverage under Medicare. 

Update on Medicare’s AUC Program: Do You Need to Buy a Clinical Decision Support Mechanism?

ASNC and its coalition partners continue their efforts on Capitol Hill to garner support for a legislative solution to the AUC program. On January 30th, ASNC CEO Kathy Flood and Health Policy Director Andy McKinley met with the offices of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID). Ms. Flood and Mr. McKinley asserted clinicians should be granted flexibility on how they consult the AUC and should not be burdened by significant costs and disrupted practice workflow, especially considering the tremendous efforts required of physicians to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models. In addition, they noted the lack of a distinct quality component and drew a contrast with the real-time provider education provided by ImageGuide Registry®.

ASNC looks forward to further dialogue with Sen. Roberts and Sen. Crapo. 


FITS join us for program just for you!

ASNC will hold its Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT for Fellows in Training on March 15

ASNC is offering its highly regarded Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT program for FITs again this year. Designed for FITs and any cardiac professional interested in getting a brief overview of nuclear cardiology and CT, this one-day course will be held at the Marriott New Orleans Downtown Convention Center hotel on March 15, immediately before the start of ACC.19. Program Director Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, FASNC, has developed the course to help FITs enhance their understanding of the role of nuclear cardiology imaging and cardiac CT in various cardiac conditions. In addition to gathering clinical insights from the expert faculty onsite, attendees will have access to an electronic version of the presentations. Plus, networking opportunities after the program.
Learn more about FIT program

Registration Now Open for ASNC’s Hands-on PET Workshops; Space Is Limited 

ASNC has just opened registration for the highly sought Cardiac PET Intensive Workshops to be held just outside of Washington, D.C., in Tyson’s Corner, Va. These practical, hands-on training sessions will be offered only twice in 2019:  May 4-5 and Nov. 9-10. Attendees will focus on image acquisition, interpretation and reporting PET myocardial perfusion studies with and without myocardial blood flow. In addition to didactic lectures, the sessions will include small breakout sessions where participants will read and review 50 cardiac PET studies along with expert faculty. Due to the hands-on format of these intensive workshops, attendance has been limited to the first 75 participants who register. Register now to save your seat! 
Register for PET Workshops

ASNC2019 Abstract Submission Portal Now Open 

ASNC is accepting abstracts showcasing original scientific research to be considered for presentation at #ASNC2019, Sept. 12-15, in Chicago. Selected abstracts will be eligible for oral, poster or e-poster presentation. Access eligibility guidelines and submission instructions. Submission closes April 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Top Reasons to Submit Your Research:
  1. FREE registration for presenting authors that are ASNC Fellow members; $100 off for the presenting non-Fellow authors (non-transferable).
  2. The opportunity to have your accepted abstract published in the JNC
  3. Residents, fellows-in-training and researchers under age 35 can compete in the Young Investigators Competition and win up to $500!
Learn more about #ASNC2019 Abstracts
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Cardiac Amyloidosis Education Leads ASNC’s Spring Webinar Agenda

ASNC is kicking off its spring webinar roster by announcing Lessons in Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis, a three-part program developed to give attendees an overview of the key takeaways in the rapidly advancing area of cardiac amyloidosis care. This series will deliver essential education for nuclear cardiologists and their referring clinician colleagues. Mark your calendars, invite your colleagues and register now to attend the webinars. First up, February 21, 2019: "Contemporary Diagnosis and Risk Assessment in Transthyretin Cardiomyopathy", with Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH, FASNC, Ronald M. Witteles, MD, Mazen Hanna, MD, and Martha Grogan, MD.

THANK YOU: ASNC thanks Pfizer, Inc., for educational grant support of Lessons in Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis
Learn more & register for amyloidosis webinar


MIPS Deadlines Coming Soon: What You Need to Know

Are you participating in MIPS (aka CMS’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System)? If so, key deadlines (Feb. 28, 2019 and April 2, 2019) are just around the corner. 

Once you’ve submitted your clinical studies to the ImageGuide Registry®, you’ll need to complete the measure selection and attestation in the registry’s online portal. Need help? The ImageGuide Registry® team is available to conference with each participant to review the online MIPS submission process. When you have completed your 2018 data submission, email Joe Reyes at to schedule a call. 
Read more on MIPS deadlines

Listen & Learn: JNC/ASNC Podcast Attracts Thousands of Listeners

Listen! That’s the sound of the JNC/ASNC Podcast being downloaded and played all around the world. Less than a year since its launch, the podcast has reached 3,000 plays. The cardiology community’s enthusiasm for the podcast reflects the JNC’s banner year, with the impact factor soaring to 4.011 and 380,000+ articles downloaded—that’s 28 percent more than in 2017! To ensure you don’t miss podcast Episode 24, featuring Ernie Garcia, MD, MASNC and Piotr Slomka, PhD, discussing analytical quantification of aortic valve 18F-sodium fluoride PET uptake, subscribe now. It’s free from iTunes and Google Play. The Journal of Nuclear Cardiology continues to be ASNC members’ most valued benefit.  To ensure you don’t miss an issue of JNC, renew now


Win Lunch from for You and Your staff!

2018 Winners: Technologists in the nuclear medicine department at 
Chambersburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. 
February is American Heart Month. Tell us what you’re doing for American Heart Month for a chance to win a heart healthy lunch, ASNC canvas bags and swag for you and up to 20 staff members, PLUS you will be featured in an upcoming ASNC newsletter! 

Need ideas? Here’s a toolkit on how to bring heart disease awareness to the public in the month of February and all year long. It includes useful newsletter content, pre-scripted social media posts and much more!  Enter your submission

Early-career Nuclear Cardiologists: Apply for $50,000 Research Award
by March 31

ASNC and the Institute for the Advancement of Nuclear Cardiology (IANC) will present one early-career nuclear cardiologist with $50,000 to support research with potential to advance the field. If you have a MD, PhD or equivalent degree, are a post-doctoral fellow or faculty in the first three years of appointment and intend to pursue an academic career in nuclear cardiology, review the eligibility requirements and submit your application by March 31, 2019.

The 2018 IANC Research Fellowship Award was presented to Krishna Patel, MD, at ASNC2018. Check out her research project
Apply now for Research Award
Want to help support promising young researchers in the field of nuclear cardiology?
Donate to Research Award

Announcing: 2019 Committee Members

This past September, ASNC sent out a call for volunteers to serve on an ASNC Committee. There were many great submissions and in late 2018, 122 persons were chosen to join one of nine committees. Thank you to our continuing committee members and also, our new committee members!

ASNC Congratulates New “What Is This Image?” Winner 

ASNC congratulates Haim Golan, MD, MSc, of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Kyriat Ono, Israel. Dr. Golan won the January/February 2019 "What Is This Image?" contest and will receive an ASNC Gift Pack and will be eligible to win complimentary registration for ASNC2019. 

Your chance to win is coming soon! Watch for the next "What Is This Image?" contest. 


IAEA-ASNC Free Heart Failure Webinar
February 13, 2019| Online | Learn More
Contemporary Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Amyloidosis: 3-part Webinar Series
Feb. 21, March 20 & TBA | Online | Learn More 
Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT for Fellows-in-Training
March 15, 2019|New Orleans, La|Learn More 
Cardiac Amyloidosis: A Practical Overview
April 12, 2019|Tampa, Fla.|Learn More
NC Today: Optimizing the Value of Contemporary Nuclear Cardiology
April 12-14, 2019|Tampa, Fla.|Learn More
The PET Workshop
May 4-5 & Nov. 9-10, 2019| T
yson’s Corner, VA (outside Washington, D.C.)|Learn More 
May 12-14, 2019|Lisbon, Portugal|Learn More
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