• Current Committee Activities

     
     
     
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    Advocacy & Government Relations

    • Working to reverse the NY State Medicaid Program’s plans to recoup all payments for “rarely appropriate” PCI procedures and to provide them with guidance on how to appropriately review the medical necessity of PCI claims.
    • Working to improve proposed legislation in California to publicly report outcome data from the NCDR database.
    • Reviewing proposed 2015 Medicare Hospital outpatient rule and developing comments on changes in GME funding, the development of new DRGs for percutaneous valve procedures and changes in the acute MI readmission measures.

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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

    • Preparing to issue work value surveys on revised CPT codes for carotid stenting.
    • Working to expand restrictive coverage policy
    • Considering legal actions to contest restrictive coverage policy

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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 (Dr. Justino/Trivedi)
    • Pediatric Interventionalist Peer Review & Quality Assessment product now available through ACE
    • SCAI/SPA/CCAS Pediatric Interventionalist/Anesthesiologist Workgroup has been formed. Focus is Child Sedation. Current SCAI representatives are Drs. Armsby and Trivedi.

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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 developing criteria for the new Cardiovascular Professional Membership category.
    • Inaugural MSCAI Induction Ceremony will be on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific Time.
    • 2015 MSCAI Nomination site opens June 1, 2014.

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    Development / Industry Relations

    • Recruiting for 2014 SCAI Corporate Community
    • 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 2015 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.
    • 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

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    Education: Online Core Curriculum Subcommittee

    • Committee has been active in the development of the new Fellow-in-Training (FIT) Portal and will showcase a test version at SCAI Annual Meeting.  Particularly, this group has been tasked with developing website resources for FITs which included online education, career resources, and a web-based, mobile-friendly procedure log.
    • Approximately 10 lectures will be recorded at SCAI Annual Meeting and used to update online educational content in Core Curriculum.
    • Module 8 is now updated complete with new units and a revised course test. 

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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 SCAI 2014 on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 12 am to 5:30 pm at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. (Invitation only)

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    Ethics and Professionalism

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    International Programs & Membership

    • Contacting Society Partners in regards to sending fellows to Fall Fellows
    • Planning for 2015 schedule
    • Setting up meetings at TCT 2014
    • 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
    • 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 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

    • A national survey of interventional cardiology training programs has been sent out to program directors to survey the landscape of training programs.  The survey results will be shared at the Program Directors Meeting at SCAI Annual 2014.
    • Committee has been active in the development of the new Fellow-in-Training (FIT) Portal and will showcase a test version at SCAI Annual Meeting.  Particularly, this committee has been tasked with developing website resources for program directors.

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    Lab Survey

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

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    Nominating

    • Nominations for Board and Executive Committee candidates submitted and will be voted on in Las Vegas during SCAI 2014.

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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

    • On track for the best SCAI Annual Scientific Sessions ever!

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    Public Relations

    • Preparing for media/communications activity at SCAI 2014, including registering media to cover the meeting in person or remotely, developing media kit,  and scheduling newsroom activity
    • Expanding video content on breaking news, new initiatives, and SCAI messages
    • Developing media materials for forthcoming SCAI documents, initiatives and announcements
    • 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.  
    • Expanding SCAI’s social media strategy and participation

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    Public Relations: Seconds Count Editorial Board

    • Preparing to launch “new” website, featuring new navigation, structure and appearance
    • Implementing strategy for increasing video and multi-media content on website and on promotional channels  
    • Executing promotions, including marketing to SCAI members and other healthcare providers as well as amplification via social media, keywords advertising and Outbrain  
    • Expandingcontent on PCI, carotid artery disease, pediatric heart conditions
    • Expanding library of information sheets to address:  hormones, sugar, valve conditions & treatments   
    • Developing new content on heart failure, childhood obesity
    • Exploring partnership opportunities with patient advocacy groups

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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. Kavinsky)
    • 2013 Hot Clinical Trials White Paper (Jan-June) (Dr. Tremmel)
    • Bioabsorbable Medical Devices for Pediatric Indications (Dr. Hijazi)
    • SCAI Evaluation, management and special considerations of cardio-oncology patients in the catheterization laboratory (Dr. Marmagkiolis)
    • SCAI/AHA Expert Consensus Statement for Advanced Training Programs in Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiac Catheterization (Dr. Vincent)
    • 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 and Diagnostic AUC App is now available on iTunes (search for “SCAI QIT”), Android, Ipad.
    • The Tip of the Month Program includes two new topics: (1) NCDR Physician Dashboard, (2) Diagnostic AUC - includes a downloadable poster
    • SCAI QIT Champion List-Serve is the primary mechanism for QIT developments.

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    SCAI Political Action Committee

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    SCAI.org Editorial Advisory Board

    • Contacting Society Partners in regards to sending fellows to Fall Fellows
    • Planning for 2015 schedule
    • Setting up meetings at TCT 2014
    • 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
    • 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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    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, updated and approved from EC
    • Newly acquired Cat I Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair codes successful championed through the RUC valuation process 
    • Active engagement in development of a NCD for TMVR
    • Review and development of comment regarding proposed 2015 IPPS DRG assignments for SHD procedures
    • Reviewing the emerging need in regards to guidelines, coverage and coding for percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage
    • Challenge to outdated Anthem coverage policy for TAVR
    • Examine coding and coverage needs for TAVR valve-in-valve
    • Development of Category I proposal for TPVI
    • Challenge to United Healthcare non-coverage policy for TPVI
    • Reviewing the emerging need in regards to guidelines, coverage and coding for percutaneous PVLs
    • Training Course development for SHD
    • Continue to address the evolution of the TVT Registry and need for Structural Registry

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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

    • Registration currently open for 2 of 3 approved TRIP Programs: 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.
    • Due to low registration numbers, the 3rd approved TRIP program, originally scheduled for June 28 in Minneapolis, MN, has been rescheduled. The meeting will take place in Q1 2015 in Atlanta or Dallas. More details to follow.
    • Committee working with the SCAI.org Editorial Board to develop TR content

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