November 2018
CMS Issues Final 2019 OPPS Payment Rule

On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final 2019 Rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).  This rule governs technical component reimbursement for medical services provided in the hospital outpatient setting. 

Under the OPPS, CMS assigns each individual medical service (i.e., each individual HCPCS code) to an Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) group, and all services included within a designated APC group are reimbursed at the same rate.  By law, all services included within a single APC group are required to be similar clinically and in resource use.  Unfortunately, over the last several years CMS has loosened its interpretation of clinical homogeneity and as a result has grouped clinically dissimilar services together in APCs; this has resulted in a marked and significant decline in technical component reimbursement for a number of imaging services, including some CMR codes.

SCMR Special Interest Groups & Sections  

Networking is one of the most valued benefits of SCMR. To encourage peer interaction and knowledge-sharing, SCMR offers several Special Interest Groups and Sections to members. These groups were formed to act as a platform for networking among members with a shared interest in a specific CMR imaging technology, clinical application or specialty. Joining a group is a free benefit to members and can be accessed after you log in to your membership profile and during the renewal process. Current list of sections and special interest groups:

Several groups will be gathering during the Scientific Sessions to present latest findings. Stay tuned for additional updates.

Become a Fellow of SCMR

The FSCMR designation provides a way for physicians, scientists, and technologists to be recognized for their dedication to the SCMR and the field of CMR. The FSCMR designation distinguishes those with a significant level of involvement, dedication, and accomplishments consistent with the overall mission of the Society.

FSCMR's receive the following benefits:
  • Entitlement to use designation of Fellow (FSCMR) on business cards, curriculum vitae, and other professional documents.
  • FSCMR members receive a certificate to display in their office.
  • New FSCMR awardees will be publicized in the SCMR Newsletter and posted on the SCMR website.
  • FSCMR recognition on name badges at SCMR meetings. 
  • FSCMR lapel pin.
  • Access to the VIP lounge at the SCMR Scientific Sessions.
  • Recognition as a FSCMR designee at SCMR's Annual Membership Assembly.
The next deadline for applications is December 1st , so apply today .
SCMR Selects HeartIT as Partner to Expand the Global Registry  

The SCMR Board of Trustees has approved the recommendation of the Registry Task Force to enter into negotiations with Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT) with the goal of establishing a partnership agreement to significantly expand the scope and functionality of the SCMR Registry. This decision culminates a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) process that began in June and involved the review of proposals from six applicant organizations. 

JCMR Articles

Maximilian Fuetterer, et al.
Published on: 12 November 2018