Quality of Practice Tactics 

  1. Increase the development and dissemination of clinical guidance documents, including appropriate use criteria.
    1. Develop appropriate use criteria and procedure standards for NM/MI scans, therapies, and other procedures.
    2. Collaborate with clinical decision support mechanism vendors to ensure proper implementation of AUC.
    3. Develop educational materials for AUC dissemination.
    4. Develop and implement a communication plan to inform and educate members about AUCs.


  2. Ensure the development of value/quality metrics for nuclear medicine.
    1. Identify existing appropriate quality measures (outcomes and processes) for nuclear medicine and develop new measures, if applicable.
    2. Take the lead in developing quality measures in therapy.
    3. Develop standard survey templates for patient reported outcomes measures.
    4. Explore the development of white paper on the value of nuclear medicine and the availability (or lack thereof) of quality measures in collaboration with other relevant organizations.
    5. Explore collaborative clinical data registry development.
    6. Promote greater understanding of radiation levels and its medical benefits to the public and medical field.
    7. Develop relevant educational materials for members by identifying the existing gaps.


  3. Improve the quality of nuclear medicine by standardizing best practices to enhance operational efficiency.
    1. Streamline collaborative guideline development with other organizations.
    2. Review the composition and mandates of the relevant SNMMI committees and develop roadmap for the upcoming quality initiatives.
    3. Develop Procedure Standards for all newly approved tracers and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals.
    4. Standardize the format for development and dissemination of procedure standards.
    5. Develop templates for structured patient reports.
    6. Explore SNMMI accreditation of nuclear medicine and therapy centers.
    7. Develop Health Economic models on novel radiopharmaceuticals.
    8. Establish SNMMI Health Services Research Center.


  4.  Expand continuing education options for practitioners.
    1. Provide a range of educational opportunities to help nuclear medicine physicians and radiologists develop practice competency and expertise in state-of-the-art nuclear medicine, molecular imaging, and radionuclide therapy.
    2. Develop and deliver training modules for novel radiopharmaceuticals.
    3. Develop joint training programs and educational content with other specialties.


  5. Facilitate new service lines in nuclear medicine clinical settings.
    1. Identity novel ways to increase volume of nuclear medicine/molecular imaging scans, therapies, and other procedures.
    2. Educate nuclear medicine physicians and other colleagues.
    3. Develop roadmaps for the nuclear medicine clinic of the future.


  6. Improve recognition of the value of nuclear medicine with radiology practice.
    1. Forge alliances with radiology community to encourage greater understanding of, and obtain infrastructural support for nuclear medicine/molecular imaging training and practice.