National Council of Representatives (NCOR) Meeting
SNMMI Annual Meeting – San Diego, CA
June 9, 2016
PSWTC reported that it has reduced membership fees and streamlined conference fees to the extent possible. Fees affect younger members in particular. Nevada participation continues to be lacking. In spite of a major meeting held in Las Vegas annually, it has not been enough, so far, to attract Nevada participation. Retaining new leaders has become a concern. Although PSWTC has produced talented and capable leaders mostly through the successful “PSWTC Leadership Academy,” it becomes expensive and time-consuming for young members starting families and pursuing degrees. Among PSWTC successes are 3 well-attended continuing education meetings per year which is showing a substantial increase in vendor participation; webinar broadcasts are increasing in attendance and locations; the frequently visited “nucgang.org” website is currently adding a job board to its offerings and visits are expanding nationwide.
The Speaker of the House noted that a number of Chapter Presidents were not present at the meeting. She requests that Presidents be in attendance at future meetings.
Cardiology Specialty Rep. – Reimbursement has improved. The pressure is on to reduce dose amounts which are higher than necessary. RE: standardized reporting, many MDs dislike canned reports. Requirements such as including NDC numbers, etc. sometimes omitted. Facilities are being reported and fined for each Medicare violation as a result of these oversights. There are concerns that resulting diluted reports will diminish quality of reporting and the need for this modality.
Emerging Technologies Rep. – Seeking resources for info on new technologies.
Education Rep. – The need to relocate to obtain jobs is undesirable. More CE opportunities needed for NMTs seeking specific certifications, i.e., CT. Problem with constantly adding requirements to NMT certifications but not awarding any deserved post-grad designation. There is also great resistance from CT departments, throughout the industry, to train NMTs. Some state licensing laws prohibit the use of ionizing radiation if the trainee is not part of a “school.”
Industry Rep. – Talking to vendors is encouraged. The “user” should be determining department purchases. Purchasing departments should not call all of the shots.
Manager Specialty Rep – SNMMI is developing a manager-specific educational program through the company that produced the SNMMI Leadership Academy; also developing a “Manager Community” (communications network) for managers to discuss challenges/successes. Other comments: Managers need to reach out to the marketing community; managers need to be trained to be entrepreneurs in order to treat their departments as businesses.
Student Membership Committee – Concerns were stated that new grads often do not know the next steps to transitioning from student member to full paying member, including member offerings, post-graduation licensing requirements, and what the various organizations offer. NMTCB has offered to insert a flyer into the board exam results packet with more info. Uptake Newsletter will be willing to allot space for this endeavor. The committee is focusing on advocacy. A mailing will be sent out to inform student members and non-members of how much advocacy really takes place in the community. The major focus of the incoming SNMMI-TS president will be advocacy.
Scope of Practice: Revisions to NMT Scope of Practice were completed, approved and released in June. Among the changes were clear definitions of “Nuclear Medicine”, “Adjunctives”, “Imaging Medications” and “Radiation Safety.” Also addressed is quality assurance on scanners, specimen collection, and use of central lines.
Proposed Name Change for NMTs: It is found that globally, nuclear medicine “technologists” are titled “Scientists” except in America. The level of training for laboratory technologists is considered equal to that of NMTs. Lab Techs have been granted a “Scientist” designation and it is felt that it opens opportunities. Discussions will ensue with regard to a name change for nuclear medicine technologists.
Advocacy: *****PLEASE READ*****
Nurse Practitioners in the Department of Veterans Affairs have submitted an official proposal to
grant NPs the ability to order, perform, interpret (read) and report all diagnostic imaging studies. House Resolution #4614 was proposed in February 2016. This is thought to have been proposed by the VA as an effort to resolve patient backlogs. This would be affront to all nuclear medicine professionals. Many organizations are opposing this proposal vigorously. –jallen