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September 12, 2013
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Marking 20 years of patient-centered care at ASNC2013
In less than three weeks, nuclear cardiologists and technologists will gather in Chicago to mark a special occasion: 20 years of ASNC's focus on nuclear cardiology as a clinical specialty with a special focus on patient-centered care. This special report provides a sampling of what attendees can look forward to later this month. ASNC2013 will address all the clinical and policy developments members have come to expect, along with a special look back at the last two decades in cardiovascular imaging and a new focus on multimodality imaging. Highlights include the Mario Verani Lecture "Vision, Leadership and Change," a new Patient-Centered Multimodality Imaging track, the opportunity to customize your experience with one-day programs and much more. Check out the final program, ancillary programs and the program planner, and if you haven't registered yet, there's still time.
Clinical Update 
  • Rb-82 MPI with regadenoson promising for obstructive CAD
    Research published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine recorded 92% sensitivity and high accuracy in the use of regadenoson stress testing with rubidium-82 PET myocardial perfusion imaging for diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease. "[H]igh diagnostic sensitivity was maintained irrespective of age, sex, and body mass index. Also, the sensitivity for the detection of obstructive CAD in patients with single-vessel CAD and in patients with underlying multivessel CAD was equally high," researchers wrote. (free registration) (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds role for stress CMR in assessment of suspected ACS
    Stress cardiac MR imaging could improve resource utilization in assessment of intermediate-risk patients who might have acute coronary syndrome, according to research from Wake Forest University. Handling such patients in an observation setting, rather than admitting them as inpatients, and using CMR allowed for improved efficiency and lower rates of revascularization without any evidence of adverse effects over 90 days, the study found. Healio/Cardiology Today (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Patient Focus 
  • How to prepare patients for imaging
    Experts say patients facing medical imaging tests care most about basic information: what test they need, how they should prepare and what the findings are. That insight comes from surveys of patient advocacy group members. Patients indicated they seek compassion and reassurance. They also said information should come in written form, and they wanted an opportunity to discuss it verbally, as well as get results delivered as soon as possible. (free registration) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How EHR use can enhance the patient experience
    More than 50% of U.S. physicians reportedly have implemented EHRs to improve patient care and boost workflow, but many organizations have yet to see the advantages of using the technology to link multiple labs. This article identifies the three key benefits of linking doctors to labs and radiology facilities: enhanced workflow, improved patient care and more convenient access to information. EHR Intelligence (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Your Practice 
  • Proposed CMS payment programs pose nuclear medicine hurdles
    New payment policies proposed by CMS for next year include substantially higher hospital reimbursement rates for PET, SPECT and oncologic PET, but some of the proposals present challenges to the nuclear medicine industry, according to this article. These include the proposed bundling of stress agents, which could take the focus away from clinical decisions, and the removal of radiopharmaceutical-to-procedure edits, which could eventually lead to payment erosion since hospitals would not opt for full disclosure of nuclear medicine costs. (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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20 Years of Patient-Centered Care 
  • Looking back on the roots of ASNC
    Nuclear cardiology has roots in the 1970s, when cardiologists began exploring nuclear imaging for cardiovascular applications. Cardiovascular and imaging societies increasingly focused on this growing area of patient care, but it became evident to practitioners that a dedicated organization was needed, and on Jan. 29, 1993, ASNC was formed. "Twenty years and 20 presidents later, the ASNC now has more than 4,700 members, several hundreds of whom reside in countries other than the United States," write Drs. Frans Wackers and Jeffrey Leppo. "The ASNC continues to be a strong, effective, and credible advocate for the profession. Nuclear Cardiology is well established as an unquestioned subspecialty with well-validated clinical prominence. The focus of the ASNC continues to be on education and quality improvement." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Spotlight on ASNC 
  • Enhance your ASNC2013 meeting experience with new app!
    The new ASNC2013 Mobile App allows you to personalize and enhance your experience at ASNC2013, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, in Chicago. Download the ASNC2013 meeting mobile app for FREE on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and get instant access to ASNC2013 sessions and events, networking resources, social media updates, exhibitor information and much more! Use the app to browse for sessions of interest by date, track or speaker, plus: Build your personal agenda, including sessions, workshops and ancillary events in advance of -- and while onsite attending -- the ASNC2013 meeting in Chicago. Follow the #ASNC2013 Twitter feed to get the latest meeting updates in real time. Network with other registered attendees and exhibitors who have opted into the app's networking feature, browse exhibitors by name or category and mark your favorites; take and share session notes; view floor plan maps and more! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASNC Scientific Session on Demand
    ASNC Scientific Session on Demand is an extensive digital library with 60 hours of presentation from the ASNC2013 meeting in Chicago. As the only professional organization dedicated to the dynamic specialty of nuclear cardiology, the ASNC On Demand program addresses emerging research, new technology and advances in treatment. The ASNC2013 Scientific Session is supported by an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics. Go to ASNC's website immediately following the meeting to order your copy! CME/CE credits available! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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