• Current Committee Activities

     
     
     
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    Advocacy & Government Relations

    • With the current SGR patch expiring on April 1, 2014 resulting in 24% Medicare payment reductions from going into place, SCAI is ramping up efforts to get SGR Repeal Legislation passed.  A reasonable version has passed key Committees but has not been scheduled for a vote by either chamber.  Coming up with the $150 billion in pay fors is the problem.
    • The Medicare fee schedule that did go into effect on 1/1/14 showed that CMS accepted several of the recommendations made by SCAI and the average fees for interventional cardiology procedures went up by 1.6%
    • The Advocacy Committee is working with the California Chapter to improve proposed public reporting legislation that has been developed in California.
    • We are also working to address plans in NY State to retroactively recoup all Medicaid payments for “rarely appropriate” PCI procedures.

     

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    Budget, Finance & Management

    • Reviewed CY 2014 committee budgets, providing feedback to individual committee leadership and staff.

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    Bylaws

    • Regularly maintaining information about proposed/potential amendments to the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6), for consideration, discussion and vote at the May 2014 Annual Business Meeting. 
    • Preparing several proposed technical amendments that will update the bylaws to reflect current committee structure and similar realities; preparing proposed amendment to enable a membership pathway for technologists, nurses and others that work in the catheterization laboratory setting

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    Carotid Stenting

    • Working with other affected specialties on proposed carotid stenting CPT code changes. 
    • As recommended by SCAI, the Washington State Health Technology Assessment program has adopted broader coverage of carotid stenting in that State.  See:  http://www.hca.wa.gov/hta/Documents/cas_final_findings_decision_112113.pdf  
    • Informal efforts to re-open CMS’s carotid stenting coverage decision continue.

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    CHD FDA Relations Subcommittee

    • ASD Occluder post-market surveillance study: CHD FDA Relations Committee is working with St. Jude Medical, Inc., FDA and the American Society of Echocardiography to develop imaging standards that will help core labs review device implantations. 

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    Congenital Heart Disease Council

    • Pediatric SCAI QIT for SCAI 2013 will include Radiation Best Practices, Procedure Check list, and Data Collection & Review, and Morbidity & Mortality Best Practices 

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    Credentials

    • Processing of applications as received continues on an ongoing basis.  The full Committee is extensively engaged in consideration of applications.
    • Committee is discussing the prospect of implementing a new membership category for allied health professionals.
    • MSCAI Induction Ceremony will be on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific Time.

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    Development / Industry Relations

    • Recruiting for 2014 SCAI Corporate Community; 2013 Corporate Community consisted of 10 industry partners.
    • SCAI 2014 Think Tank will take place May 27th prior to the kick-off of SCAI 2014 in Las Vegas. This year’s topic: Strengthening Communications with Hospital Administration to Optimize Patient Care.
    • Focusing on 2014 development priorities and continued growth. 
    • Determining areas for partnership growth in 2014 based on focused priorities - Quality, Emerging Techniques, Appropriate Care, etc

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    Education

    • Making focused effort to gather more metrics and business analytics for decision making purposes, with a strong focus on streamlining activities based on need, creating a more interactive educational experience for members and narrowing in on a SCAI educational brand.
    • SCAI TAVR online resource under development, launch expected Q3 2014
    • Working to create cohesion amongst SCAI's FIT resources through an online FIT Portal, which will house the newly updated Core Curriculum website and other FIT and training program resources. 
    • 2015 SCAI educational programming agenda expected to be complete by June 2014
    • Additional procedural training opportunities added to 2014 educational agenda - TRI, CTO

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    Education: Online Core Curriculum Subcommittee

    • Committee planning to rebrand and update the site, renaming it the Core Curriculum. SCAI working to define a curriculum for fellowship training through which to plan future educational activities for fellows in training.
    • Module 8 updates and reconfiguration are underway, the site is planning a re-launch for March, 2014. 

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    Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) / Interventional Career Development (ICD) Subcommittee

     

    • Interventional Career Development Committee (ICDC) contributes/participates in Cardiology Today blog
    • ICDC and working group is actively recruiting past participants of SCAI’s Fall Fellows Courses
    • Next ELM Session will be in conjunction with ACC’14 on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 7 am to 1 pm at the Renaissance Washington Hotel -  Congressional Hall Section B, 999 9th Street,  NW, Washington, DC 20001. (Invitation only)

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    Ethics and Professionalism

    • Met May 2013 and reviewed SCAI Code of Ethics (http://www.scai.org/CodeofEthics/default.aspx) to determine whether any updates required.  The Committee determined that none were required, and will re-review the Code in May 2014 (or sooner if circumstances warrant).
    • Updated the SCAI Code of Ethics enforcement policy.  

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    International Programs & Membership

    • Completed or Organizing SCAI Fellows Courses in Egypt (virtual), India (2), China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia
    • Organizing topical SCAI sessions at SOLACI, CIT, SACIS, India Live, NIC Midmeet, ASEAN
    • Organizing country/region specific working groups
    • Collecting funding for Indian supplemental issue of CCI to be distributed at Cardiological Society of India’s Annual Meeting
    • Conducting followup meetings with OUS Societies/Contacts at ACC.14
    • Exploring concept of developing observership program, asking OUS industry to support short-term oberserverships in the US; very preliminary stages and will be contacting relevant committees/staff to work on this

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    Interventional Heart Failure Working Group

    • The SCAI IHF Workgroup and Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) are working on a joint symposium to be held at HFSA’s annual meeting.  Also, the partnership is planning a document to be released concurrently with the symposium.
    • Committee is writing an editorial about the launch of this program, the goals and its importance to the society and the profession as a whole.  The goal is to publish in CCI in the next 2-3 months. 
    • The SCAI IHF Workgroup has been given approval by the Publications Committee to proceed with the writing of a clinical document titled SCAI / HFSA Clinical Expert Consensus Statement on the Appropriate Utilization of Invasive Hemodynamics for the Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular Disease

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    Interventional Program Directors & Training Standards

    • Looking to make updates and changes to SCAI’s Program Director Directory to be used for new marketing and communication opportunities to this important audience.
    • Committee leaders, along with those of the Core Curriculum Subcommittee are planning a meeting to discuss the new FIT Portal and ways to prepare for the new ABIM Milestones.

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    Lab Survey

    The SCAI Lab Survey Committee does not publicly report its activities.

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    Nominating

    • Nominating Committee will meet in early March 2014 to consider nominations for Board and Executive Committee candidates.
    • Issued “call for nominations” in multiple “SCAI This Week” all-member email blasts. The Committee received numerous nominations from the membership, all of which will be carefully considered

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    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    • New complex peripheral vascular intervention program currently under consideration from Education and Executive Committees
    • A four part appropriate use document for iliac, femoral, tibial peroneal, and renal endovascular therapies is in the final stages of development and will be published soon.

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    Program

    • Exploring how to incorporate Google Glass into the meeting. Social media and Mobile App activities underway.
    • International Symposium and International advisory faculty new to 2014 program. 
    • Continuing to find ways in which we can highlight Allied Health Professionals presence throughout the meeting. 
    • TAVR sessions to be recorded for creation of TAVR online programming
    • Registration is tracking higher by 50% than 2013 at this time
    • 650 abstract submissions, 20% increase over 2013
    • Exhibit booth spaces expected to sell out
    • Committee meetings schedule and advanced program now available online. 
    • There is a HEART TEAM AND SICP PROGRAM on Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, featuring SCAI and SICP faculty
    • NEW THIS YEAR … Three concurrent sessions titled “Cases over Cocktails” In Expo Hall on Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • Annual Business Meeting will be on Friday 7-8am
    • Friday, May 30:  General Session Outgoing and Incoming Presidential addresses, followed by the *MSCAI Induction Ceremony, ending with the Hildner Lecture, Pat O’Gara
    • Distinguished Service awards/Outgoing BOT/Program Committee/Other awards will be presented during the BOT Awards Ceremony; 
    • There will be a 3rd Think Tank on Tuesday, 5/27, followed by reception
    • Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp scheduled Wednesday and Thursday, registration strong for inaugural program

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    Public Relations

    • Preparing for media/communications activity at spring meetings, including ACC.14 and SCAI 2014
    • Developing media kit and online newsroom for SCAI 2014
    • Expanding video content on breaking news, new initiatives, and SCAI messages
    • Developing media materials for forthcoming SCAI publications
    • Offering SCAI spokespersons for media interviews on breaking news, new studies, SCAI initiatives, etc., and reactive scenarios
    • Developing proactive blogs, editorials, etc., showcasing the value of interventional cardiovascular medicine and launching conversations on interventional cardiovascular issues
    • Enhancing SCAI.org newsroom to showcase a wider variety of SCAI assets, including features stories and video, social media, etc.  
    • Implementing social media strategy for SCAI 2014 and other SCAI activities, etc.

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    Public Relations: Seconds Count Editorial Board

    • Reconfiguring overall website’s overall navigation and design, with relaunch scheduled for May 2014
    • Analyzing metrics from social media campaign #WhatWouldTheHeartSay conducted during National Heart Month 2014
    • Implementing strategy for increasing video and multi-media content on website  
    • Posting new content on Affordable Care Act & access to care
    • Editorial teams working to expand / update content:  PCI, carotid artery disease, pediatric heart conditions
    • Expanding library of information sheets to address:  hormones, e-cigarettes, sugar  
    • Editorial teams working on new content:  heart failure, childhood obesity
    • Exploring partnership opportunities with patient advocacy groups
    • Ongoing marketing of site with keywords advertising program, social media, amplification/syndication, etc.

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    Publications

    • SCAI Appropriate Use of Left Ventriculography at the Time of Cardiac Catheterization (Dr. Gigliotti)
    • SCAI/ACC/AHA/HFSA Use of Percutaneous Cardiac Assist Devices (Dr. Rihal)
    • SCAI/SVM Clinical Competence Statement on Carotid Stenting: (Dr. Aronow)
    • SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease: Appropriate Use of Renal Artery Intervention (Dr. Parikh)
    • SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease: Appropriate Use for Infrapopliteal Arterial Intervention Expert Consensus Statement (Tibial) (Dr. Klein)
    • SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease: Appropriate Use of Aorto-Iliac Intervention; An Expert Consensus Document (Dr. Klein)
    • SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease: Appropriate Use for Femoral-Popliteal Arterial Intervention Expert Consensus Statement (Dr. Klein)
    • SCAI/AATS/ACC/STS Institutional & Operator Requirements for Pulmonic Valves(Dr. Tommaso and Fullerton)
    • SCAI/AATS/ACC/STS Institutional & Operator Requirements for Mitral Valves (Dr. Tommaso and Fullerton)
    • SCAI/ACC/HRS Clinical Competence and Training Standards for Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Expert Consensus Statement (Dr. Bailey)
    • 2012 Hot Clinical Trials White Paper (Dr. Tremmel) –
    • 2013 Hot Clinical Trials White Paper (Jan-June) (Dr. Tremmel)
    • Bioabsorbable Medical Devices for Pediatric Indications (Dr. Hijazi)
    • SCAI/AHA Expert Consensus Statement for Advanced Training Programs in Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiac Catheterization (Dr. Vincent)
    • Renal Denervation Expert Consensus Statement (Dr. Eng)
    • SCAI/ACC/AHA PCI Without Surgical Back-up Expert Consensus Statement (Dr. Dehmer)
    • SCAI / HFSA Clinical Expert Consensus Statement on the Appropriate Utilization of Invasive Hemodynamics for the Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular Disease 

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    Quality Improvement

    • QIT (version 2) released and posted: Major changes include hyperlinks to pages in clinical documents, new information updates, clarification of key points
    • SCAI QIT Certificate platform completed through adding CME to existing QIT Webinars.
    • Revascularization AUC app is now available on iTunes (search for “SCAI QIT”), Android, Ipad.
    • The January Tip of the Month Program was on the topic of Preventing Contrast Induced Nephropathy
    • SCAI QIT Champion List-Serve is the primary mechanism for QIT developments.

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    SCAI.org Editorial Advisory Board

    • Section Editors have assigned first content assignments
    • Developing email advertisement policy

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    Simulation

    • Coordinating with the SCAI Annual Meeting Program Committee and the SCAI Fall Fellows Program Committee to plan simulation training activities at the 2014 Scientific Sessions and the 2014 Fall Fellows Program.
    • Working on creating additional opportunities for simulation programming across SCAI activities.

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    Structural Heart Disease Council

    • Committee mission statement, goals and roster have been reviewed and updated; awaiting final approval from EC
    • Continue to address the evolution of the TVT Registry
    • Providing technical expertise to help guide the newly acquired Cat I Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair codes SCAI was successful in securing through the RUC valuation process
    • Working to secure coverage for the existing Cat III codes for Mitral Valve until the anticipated Cat I codes become available in 2014
    • Reviewing the emerging need in regards to guidelines, coverage and coding for percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage

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    Structural Heart Disease Early Career Taskforce

    • Early Career Taskforce completed a survey of U.S. SHD training programs on the volume of procedures performed within the institution. Transparency should help those interested in training to seek out programs with sufficient volume of desired procedures.
    • A SHD Early Career Taskforce has facilitated a SHD training programs study conducted for Canada.
    • Efforts are under way to examine SHD training programs in Europe.

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    Transradial Working Group

    • Best Practices Paper has been endorsed by SCAI Executive Committee. It  has been submitted for print in CCI journal (expected to be published Q1 2014).
    • Group will be integrating an existing (but not yet distributed) TRWG-developed survey about TRI uptake trends with another existing one developed by a researcher. Survey will be sent to SCAI membership. Goal is to yield publishable data that can further support the SCAI members interested in this technique.
    • 3 TRIP programs have been approved for the following dates and locations: June 28, Minneapolis, MN; September 27, Miami, FL; November 15, Los Angeles, CA. The course is designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced radial operators and will feature simulator training, case breakouts, and a nurse/tech session.

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