Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 4, No. 10         December 2006

APhA Awards Announced
Congratulations to the following individuals for being recognized by APhA for their contributions to the profession.  These awards will be presented at the APhA Annual Meeting in Atlanta next March.  More information about the award recipients will be featured in an upcoming newsletter. 
  • William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement in Nuclear Pharmacy:  Joseph Hung
  • APhA Award of Merit:  Fred Gattas
  • APhA Fellows:  Ken Breslow, Steve Dragotakes, and Kristina Wittstrom
  • H.A.B Dunning Award:  Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
DRA Imaging Cuts Coming Jan. 1
Despite efforts by the medical community and patient advocacy groups, the Congress did not vote to delay or reverse the imaging reimbursement cuts outlined in the Deficit Reduction Act. While the two major codes that cardiologists use of billing cardiac stress tests will see global payment reductions of 8-10%, payments for stress agents and radiopharmaceuticals will remain fairly stable in the office and hospital outpatient departments. Congress did pass a bill that eliminated a reduction in Medicare physician payment for 2007.  For specific information about reimbursement changes for nuclear cardiology see the ASNC newsletter.
 
Holiday Travel Recommendations
Over 60,000 patients a day undergo a nuclear medicine procedure, many of whom will be traveling for the holidays.  With the heightened security, some of these patients may trigger an alarm in areas of mass transit.  Tl-201 may remain detectable for 30 days and I-131 for up to three months following the procedure.  Patients should obtain a letter from their doctors that contains the following information: the patient's name, contact information for the testing facility, the name of nuclear medicine procedure, the date of the treatment or test, the radionuclide that was used, its half-life, its administered activity and 24-hour contact information.  For additional information...
 

Happy Holidays from NEO

Nicki, Kristina, Buck, Jeff, Dao, Martha, Cynthia, & Christina

 

APhA Members:  Join the Nuclear Pharmacy eCommunity Discussions at www.pharmacist.com

Jan. 22-24 Workshop on Imaging-Based Tools for Target Pharmacokinetics/ Pharmacodynamics, Pasadena, CA
Feb. 7-9 A Radiation Safety Seminar
Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb. 15-18 SNM 2007 Mid-Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Feb. 22 2007 Northern California Mid-Winter Meeting,  Oakland, California
March 16-19, 2007 2007 APhA Meeting in Atlanta, GA
April 13-15 37th Annual Mid-Eastern Chapter, SNM Spring Meeting, Ocean City, Maryland

We complain about the price of gasoline being over $2.00/gallon.  That is nothing compared to the price of O-18 water for the production of F-18 FDG.  If you were to price O-18 water by the gallon, it would roughly be $153,600/gallon!  That is a bargain compared to the price a few years ago.  Ten years ago the price of O-18 was about $150/gm (if and when you could get it).  Five years ago the price was $95/gm and today, the price has decreased to $40/gm.  Another lesson of supply and demand.

 

 Basic Radiation Safety and DOT Training Available Soon

Do you think nuclear medicine will see a reduction in the number of procedures as a result of the DRA reimbursement cuts?

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Response to previous poll

Do you think the Russian spy radiation poisoning will have a detrimental effect on the consent of patients for nuclear medicine procedures?

Yes 16.3%
No  76.7%
Don't know  7%

A 45-year-old woman with end stage liver disease from hepatitis C presents for evaluation of hepatopulmonary syndrome with a right-to-left cardiac shunt.  The patient is being evaluated for a liver transplant.

 

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