The National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) is a collaborative project of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI) in which over 1,500 hospitals nationwide particpate -- including Hartford Hospital. .
 
The purpose of NOPR is to monitor how PET scans impact the management of patients with suspected or known cancers.  NOPR collects information on Medicare patients who currently have a cancer diagnosis that is not otherwise covered by Medicare.  The information gathered is being used to evaluate possible future expansions of Medicare coverage.
 
This means that nearly all Medicare patients with a cancer diagnosis or clinical suspicion of cancer will be covered by Medicare for a PET/CT scan if the referring physician fills out simple NOPR questionnaires before and after the PET/CT scan is performed.
 
If you have any questions regarding the NOPR program, please go to the NOPR website, http://ww.cancerpetregistry.org.